Claim: Photograph shows Hercules, the world's biggest dog.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, March 2007]
World's Biggest Dog, World's Heaviest Dog
Hercules: The World's Biggest Dog Ever According to Guinness World Records
Hercules was recently awarded the honorable distinction of Worlds Biggest Dog by Guinness World Records. Hercules is an English Mastiff and whas a 38 inch neck and weighs 282 pounds.
With "paws the size of softballs" (reports the Boston Herald), the three-year-old monster is far larger and heavier than his breed's standard 200lb. limit. Hercules owner Mr. Flynn says that Hercules weight is natural and not induced by a bizarre diet: "I fed him normal food and he just
grew"...and grew. and grew. and grew.
Origin:We started receiving the above-displayed photograph (of a woman and a man leading a horse and a large dog through a park-like area), without any accompanying explanation, in
This information is accurate (in the sense that an English mastiff named Hercules owned by a Massachusetts man was once recognized as the world's heaviest dog), but it doesn't have any connection to the dog shown in the image displayed above, which clearly does not match a newspaper photograph of the real Hercules (and his owner):
(We note that the term "biggest dog" is somewhat ambiguous and is used here to mean "heaviest dog" rather than "tallest dog." Guinness currently assigns the latter title to Zeus, a Great Dane who measured
An English mastiff named Kell, described as "weighing
Also, the dog pictured above looks to be a Neapolitan mastiff rather than an English mastiff. If so, the canine would appear to be either a digital manipulation or a freakishly large example of its breed, because adult Neapolitan mastiffs typically reach a height of
Another image shows the same scene from the rear:
Last updated: 20 August 2016
Originally published: 06 April 2007
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