World's tallest dog, Zeus, has passed away at the age of 5

Sep 12, 2014 at 7:53 p.m. ET
Image: YouTube, @Guinness World Records

It's a sad, sad day in the world of dogs. The Guinness World Records "world's tallest dog," Zeus the Great Dane, has died due to complications of old age at the tender age of 5.

The gentle giant, Zeus the Great Dane, stood at a whopping 7 feet, 4 inches tall and was near 155 pounds. Declared the "World's Tallest Dog" by the Guinness Book of World Records in 2012, Zeus claimed his way to fame due to his size that was easily compared to the average donkey. His owner, Denise, mentioned needing a van to transport their oversized pooch and hearing many naysayers comments, including the number one question, "Is that dog a horse?" Sadly, the answer was no, or he would probably still be alive today. Great Danes are known for their short life spans, most reaching a maximum of 8 years. Zeus met his fate on Sept. 3, just two months short of his 6th birthday. The family says that he was "a great dog" and will be very missed. Not only larger in size, but in life as well, Zeus leaves behind a legacy and four very big paws to fill.

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