Zeus, a Great Dane who stood 44 inches at the shoulder, holds the world record as the tallest dog of all time, as of 2015. He lived in Michigan with his owners, Kevin and Denise Doorlag. He died of old age September 3, 2014, at the age of 5.
The Guinness Book of World Records certified Zeus as the record holder in its 57th edition, published in 2012. The previous record holder, a Great Dane named Giant George, was one-inch shorter. Giant George, in turn, surpassed another Great Dane named Titan in 2010.
Zeus, named for the chief god of Greek mythology, stood 7 feet 4 inches on his hind legs, weighed 155 pounds and consumed a 30-pound bag of dog food every two weeks. He was a gentle giant who served as a certified therapy dog and regularly visited area schools and hospitals in the van his owners bought to be able to transport him. He had a popular following on Facebook, but his page was taken down after his death.
Zeus' good nature is typical of the Great Dane, a breed that normally grows up to 32 inches tall at the shoulder and weighs up to 175 pounds. Originally a boar hunter and guard dog, the modern Great Dane is a family pet.