dogs unleashed cover, with zeus, world's tallest dogWhen you’re standing in a room with a dog the same height as a donkey, perspective goes out the window. Everything you know about living with dogs gets challenged. Need a safe place to store a bag of dog treats? Forget the kitchen counter—Zeus towers above it. Need to give Zeus some water before he starts his photo shoot? Don’t bother with the dog bowl—the kitchen sink is more his size. Want to have a seat on the couch while you talk to Zeus’ owners? Not if Zeus gets there first.

This Great Dane, recently named the World’s Tallest Dog by Guinness World Records, is at once amazing and just plain fun. For all his towering size, he has a way about him that seems as if he’s acutely aware of how big he is. He takes care not to send furniture, cats and visiting Pomeranians flying. Zeus is affectionate, well-behaved and exceptionally calm—and if you ask real nice, he’ll probably make some room for you on the couch.

Check out the Jan/Feb issue of Dogs Unleashed for the full article on Zeus. In the meantime, here are some outtakes from my time with this gentle giant.

 

 The kitchen sink is easier to reach than a bowl on the floor.

zeus, world's tallest great dane dog

Sitting in a chair puts owner Kevin Doorlag’s face in prime position for a Zeus smooch.

zeus, world's tallest great dane dog

Check out the sliding glass door in your own home and picture Zeus’ head towering above the door handle!

zeus, world's tallest great dane dog

Zeus spends a good part of his day on his owners’ bed. For obvious reasons, he has to find another spot at night.

zeus, world's tallest great dane dog

Zeus in comparison to a German Shepherd, Black Lab and Pomeranian.

zeus, world's tallest great dane dog

Zeus takes a seat on brother Nicholas Doorlag.

Zeus, world's tallest great dane dog

Home security.

Zeus, world's tallest dog great dane

This is one of two meals Zeus eats a day—about 12 cups in all. Surprisingly, he’s not a voracious eater.

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Denise Doorlag and son Nicholas, walking the world’s tallest dog.

zeus, world's tallest dog great dane

For the full story on this remarkable dog, check out the Jan/Feb issue of Dogs Unleashed, or pick up a copy at one of 300 West Michigan locations.

 

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