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See 'Zeus' -- the World's Tallest Dog -- Who Stands Over 7 Feet on His Hind Legs


"...if he steps on your foot - he leaves bruises!"

Kevin Doorlag stands with his dog Zeus in Otsego, Mich. (Photo: AP/Guinness World Records 2013 Book, Kevin Scott Ramos, HO)

A Great Dane from Michigan may think he's a lap dog, judging from his "personal interests" on his Facebook page, but Zeus is not even close to the appropriate size for sitting in an adult's lap. When standing on his hind legs, it's likely he could be taller than almost any human.

In fact, the now 4-year-old dog from Ostego, Mich., measures 44 inches from foot to shoulder and has officially been dubbed the world's Tallest Dog in the Guinness World Records 2013 book. Standing on his hind legs, Zeus stretches to 7-foot-4 and towers over his owner, Denise Doorlag.

Zeus is just an inch taller than the previous record-holder, Giant George.

"Zeus is an awesome dog," Doorlag said in a statement to Guinness. "The only downside is that everything costs more; the food, medicines, transport. We had to get a van to be able to transport him, oh, and if he steps on your foot - he leaves bruises!"

Watch this video with Doorlag and Zeus:

Zeus weighs 155 pounds and eats a 30-pound bag of food every two weeks.

According to Mlive.com, Zeus has begun making tours for his new notoriety, including a visit to Good Morning America, The Wendy Williams Show and Insider Edition.

When Zeus goes out in public Doorlag said she gets comments like "is that a dog or a horse" and "where's the saddle?"

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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