Brittany Davis longed for a big dog and her heart was in one of the biggest and the smallest of them all: Great Dane.
The wish came true in February 2020, although it didn’t happen as well as I thought. His brother, Garrett Davis, knocked on his door and handed him a Great Dane American gray and whitea three-month-old, with saggy cheeks and soft fur.
The dog brother received from a friend whose dog recently had a five-dog litter. The dog weighed about 11 kilograms, and Davis’ eyes immediately focused on his enormous paws. “To say I was surprised is an understatement,” says Davis, 36, who lives in Bedford, Texas, near Fort Worth. I called him Zeusin honor of the Greek god of sky and thunder, and because he thought the name sounded good.
“He was the eldest among the litter—a sloppy, sweet, disorganized and adorable dog, just as I’ve always wanted,” Davis says. At the time, it had never occurred to her that he would grow to the size of a person.
Guinness World Records announced Zeus, at two and a half years old, is the tallest dog in the world at 1,046 metres. supported on its hind legs, Zeus Davis says he’s over 2.14 metres. Weighs approximately 90 lbs.
Brittany’s father, Donnie Davis, was a fan too Zeus. It was he who submitted the documents necessary to apply for the world record, in early January, to which he previously belonged Freddya Great Dane The UK measured 1016 metres. Freddy He died at the age of eight in January 2021.
“My dad called me at school to tell me about it Zeus Says Davis, a first-class teacher. Davis thinks so Zeus Perhaps she had a chance to win the title because people were constantly stopping her to tell her that they had never seen a dog as big as yours.
“But making it official was very confusing,” he says. “To me, it’s just a cute giant dog that thinks it’s a dog and likes to sit in people’s arms.”
The idea to apply for a Guinness record came when one of Davis’ cousins mentioned it Zeus was taller than Freddy. Zeus He was also close to the height of the tallest dog ever recorded by Guinness – A Great Dane from Michigan, which measured 1,112 meters and was also called Zeus. He died at the age of five in 2014.
“That started it all,” he says. “We had a vet check the height, with three people on it, and it was measured with a stick called wicket which also measures horses. I hated her.” Davis knew that the whole time Zeus It was supposed to be a giant dog because of its huge feet. He also has a great appetite. “He always liked to eat and now eats 10 to 12 cups of dry food twice a day,” he says, adding that he Zeus He also loves to eat carrots, fried eggs, deer antlers, and ice cubes.
“He especially loves stealing my son’s breakfast,” says Davis, who has two sons, Jamison, 15, and Kingston, seven months. Difficult Zeus Resistant, especially when food is at eye level. “Just days ago, he stole three sausages from Jamison’s plate,” he says. “You don’t have to try hard. Because he’s so tall, he just walks over to the table and takes whatever he wants.”
sometimes, Zeus He drinks water from the sink and often steals Kingston’s pacifiers from the kitchen table. “He loves hanging out with the kids and sleeping in Jamison’s bed every night,” Davis says. Jamison يأخذ takes Zeus He walks daily but the dog does most of the daily exercise while he walks around the house.
We call it Zoom — he runs for five minutes and then falls back on a chair when tired,” he explains. The dog also enjoys walking with the three Australian family shepherds, zipAnd Eli And Finn. “Everyone is fine, but Eli She doesn’t like it when Zeus steps on her,” she says.zip loves to fight Zeus He may be your best friend. As for the cat, they have a mutual agreement to avoid each other.”
Zeus He says that he is not afraid of many things, but is afraid of thunderstorms and winds, which is funny for a dog named after the god who can cast lightning, according to Greek mythology. “He’s afraid of rain and sprinklers, and he doesn’t even get his head out of a car window. He’s very fond of boating, though.”
you Great Dane They were originally bred in Germany as wild boar dogs, according to the American Kennel Club, and they have a short lifespan, between seven to ten years, due to their size.
Davis says Zeus undergoes regular veterinary checkups and is in excellent health, adding that his parents are eight years old and still healthy. “We constantly hear he’s the size of a horse and people ask if he has a saddle and if they can ride it,” he added. “The answer is no.” It’s a dog, so I don’t like it very much.”
Zeus He even loves to visit the Dallas Farmers Market, where most locals know him, he says. She also has her own Instagram page. “He loves all the attention and treatment he gets, and wherever he goes, he brings so much joy to people,” he says. “Whenever we got out, he was a hit. He is the best dog ever and we are so happy to share it.”
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