Pets & Animals

Whoa, now THAT's a big dog!

Sep. 14, 2012 at 2:35 PM ET

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A handout picture released by Guinness World Records taken on Nov. 3, 2011 shows 3-year-old Great Dane called Zeus from Otsego, Mich.

With a name like Zeus, this dog was born to tower over all others, and now he’s officially being recognized as the world's tallest by Guinness World Records.

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Yup, that's the world's tallest dog -- imagine telling him to heel!

When the 3-year-old Great Dane stands up on his hind legs, he’s 7-foot-4, beating out the previous record-holder, Giant George, by an inch.

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Zues measures 44 inches from foot to shoulder and weighs 155 pounds.

Owner Denise Doorlag tells the Associated Press that she had to buy a van just to truck this other-worldly, 155-pound hound around. 

Here are eye-popping images of the biggest, fastest, longest, weirdest and wackiest record breakers recognized in 2012 and featured in the 2013 edition of “Guinness World Records.”

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