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Hercules, World's Biggest Dog?Submitted for your skeptical disapproval, a widely emailed photograph purporting to document the Guinness World Record holder for biggest dog, a monstrous mastiff named Hercules. As you can see, he is, quite literally, as big as a horse. What's the point of that dinky little leash? Read more...

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April 15, 2007 at 12:39 pm
(1) Jacque says:

I was a believer until I went to Urban Legands..thank goodness they have a site to check these things out..darnit.

April 16, 2007 at 1:29 pm
(2) Cindy says:

The photograph states Hercules weighs 282 pounds… common sense should tell anyone by looking at the picture that a dog as a big as a horse will DEFINITELY weigh more than 282 pounds… gimme a break.

April 16, 2007 at 1:38 pm
(3) Cindy says:

One more thing… the shadow to the left of this dog in the picture… obviously does not belong to this “massive-sized” dog.

April 16, 2007 at 6:37 pm
(4) me! says:

Logn is wrong! this is a real live dog!!!!

April 16, 2007 at 6:40 pm
(5) LB says:

DUh it is so obviously photoshopped!

April 16, 2007 at 10:33 pm
(6) trigon says:

Hallo Big Dog is that English Mastiff or Dogo Bordeaux or Neo Politan Mastiff or what ? But I try to believe please compare with Hercules the Brindle Mastiff that registered by Guiness Book OF Record…., please give another pictures of this Dog from another sides, left right and closest distance. Thank you. Trigon

April 17, 2007 at 11:08 am
(7) Janella Rollert says:

You can tell by just looking at this photo that it is fake. Come on – these stupid photos are getting out of hand!!!!!

April 17, 2007 at 5:37 pm
(8) jayfo1 says:

went to guinness on line….no BIGGEST DOG catagory!!!duh just goes to SHOW ya, you can’t always believe what you see…..

April 17, 2007 at 6:52 pm
(9) scott says:

Gee i wonder how this slipped through all the big news networks, you just know its not real,funny ,but not real

April 17, 2007 at 6:56 pm
(10) Dion(chicago) says:

I have a Caine Corso which is an (Italian Mastiff) 4yrs old weighing close to 140 and a natural diet from Puppy Chow To now Dog Chow. Somewhat the same breed and I never was a believer, cause I always go to Urban Legend. about.com before I even think about it. But you must say it was a good one.

April 18, 2007 at 2:49 am
(11) lavnish says:

on searching the official site
http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com
no such record / info was found
so looks like such a dog never was

April 18, 2007 at 11:48 am
(12) Rebecca says:

…SHOPPED

April 18, 2007 at 12:03 pm
(13) Rebecca again... says:

…Looks like the guy got a piece of his hip shot off

April 18, 2007 at 3:45 pm
(14) Dewaine says:

the website included here shows a rear shot of this photo and you can see the dog is smaller and it would seem to match the shadow better from this angle.
http://www.blufftontoday.com/node/13713

April 18, 2007 at 3:51 pm
(15) Matt says:

That’s obviously two dwarfs and a Shetland pony

April 18, 2007 at 4:42 pm
(16) Jeannie - Jacksonville says:

The dog is an actual dog. Alive and well. The picture did not take place. It was a well appointed design probably done on Photoshop. Shadows are consistant with the sunlight in the picture. The horse could be a young buck. Can’t compare weight vs. size.

April 19, 2007 at 10:44 am
(17) WyldWeezl says:

I’m not saying it’s real, but I haven’t seen any solid evidence that it isn’t, on snopes or elsewhere. They point out that that’s not hercules, but if it’s a fake, it’s a good one. The shadows are right, and it was done from at least two angles, which is more trouble than your usual ‘shopper goes to. I’m sure the truth will out soon, though, since it’s getting so much buzz.

April 19, 2007 at 3:25 pm
(18) Lucero says:

Of course it is fake. The shadow doesn’t match, and where is the rest of the body, I have had many dogs in my life, and from that angle you usually can see the legs in the back… where are Hercules rear legs?
Unless the dog is running (which I would doubt by the passive pose of the owner) the shape is just.. odd.. don’t you think? BTW this is just my opinion.

Lain

April 19, 2007 at 3:46 pm
(19) Patrick says:

this is obviously fake and to those who went to Guinness, they don’t publish the whole book online (or there wouldn’t be any reason for you to buy it would there?)

April 19, 2007 at 5:18 pm
(20) Luther Lotz says:
April 20, 2007 at 1:29 am
(21) Dani says:

I am an owner of 3 English Mastiffs. Females are much smaller, usually weighing in the 120-140 range, we have two males, one weighing in at 200lbs and the other is still actually a puppy at only one and a half years old he weighs near the 250 mark. With a neck measuring 29.5 inches. In fact we are getting a collar special made because you can’t find them that big in stores. Mastiffs are expected to grow for 2 years (at an enormously fast rate) then fill out for a year after that. So, with my own personal experience, I don’t doubt the dog exists and the weight is accurate, BUT even at this weight he would not be that tall, unless the people are extremely short and the horse is a small small horse. And, the leash issue, these dogs are very gentle…referred to commonly as the gentle giant, and want to more than anything be next to their owners, so it would not be unbeleivable that this dog doesn’t even need the leash

April 20, 2007 at 7:31 am
(22) Christina says:

Urban legends are urban legends for a reason. They are there to help people think something else when they don’t want to believe what they see. An different explanation for something. Doesn’t mean they urban legends are true.
The weight is pretty accurate, it’s a pretty fit dog!
I’m not sure what some of you people are looking at, but from where the sun is shining, the shadows are casting just fine.
Also, who knows the exact name of the photoshop program that can do all this stuff to make it look so real? I mean, unless you work for some movie studio where they use special effects to create these types of things.
Yes, guinness is online but it’s not always going to be updated. and I agree with whoever said that it wouldn’t all be on there anyway or there wouldn’t be a reason to buy it.
I’m sure there is a biggest dog category in the guinnes, there are all sorts of weird categories, like the longest fingernails or the longest hair, or the biggest fruit.
In the rear shot at that one website, if you look closely and compare both pictures, the height of everything, the dog isn’t much smaller. He may seem that way because his back end is much thinner and smaller than his front end. the horse seems taller but that is because of the way horse’s backs arch.
and owners put leashes on their dogs, gentle or not, so they don’t see something interesting and run after it, it might get lost. not that you could lose a dog that size! but I don’t think it’s a bad thing or a ridiculous thing either way to have a leash on the dog. That’s what dog owners do.
of course, i’ll believe it when i see them on tv or whatever!

April 20, 2007 at 10:08 am
(23) wade says:

The dog is real. I road it one time in a horse race… we won!!!! For our prize we ate second place.

April 20, 2007 at 10:20 am
(24) Cathy says:

The people in the picture don’t even have a shadow. And do you know how much that dog would weigh if it were real??? A heck of a lot more than 282 lbs.!!!

April 20, 2007 at 11:14 am
(25) wade says:

I saw this dog as a pup in a Thai-styled pit match at the state fair in southern Atlanta against a crocodile. THE DOG IS REAL!!! The reason that only ways 282 is because it lost it’s back right leg in the match. It’s current leg is a cleverly desguised prosthetic made of balsa wood. Another little known fact is that the dog is a hybrid .It’s father was a liger and as a result it (not a he or she, it’s a hemorphodite)cannot reproduce.

April 20, 2007 at 11:17 am
(26) wade says:

Sorry for the spelling mistakes, but the story is 100% true.

April 20, 2007 at 12:24 pm
(27) Rob says:

I too have seen this dog boarding a plane in Naples,Fl. They had to board him on special type plane that the nose opens and in a horse caring cage, I was on my way to Iraq and yes he does have a leg missing, did not know about crocodile incident.

April 20, 2007 at 12:25 pm
(28) Chad says:

I owned a 250 pound Neopolitan Mastiff, we did saddle him and yes the kids rode him around the yard. He was no where near the size of a full grown horse or even a 6 month old colt. Another legend… I must say however the photoshop job is nice, shadows are of course off…
Anywho

April 20, 2007 at 12:41 pm
(29) Rob says:

I had me some of that Neopolitan, I preferd the Strawberry meat.

April 20, 2007 at 1:16 pm
(30) Rob says:

You think that guy is huge, you should see the world’s smallest, I think he goes by Herculess

April 21, 2007 at 12:08 pm
(31) chuck says:

It’s on CNN website that I tend to believe more than this site.

April 21, 2007 at 2:30 pm
(32) Candy says:

I saw this on the CNN website…this is from 2001. Whether the picture is fake or not, this dog IS real!

CNN SATURDAY MORNING NEWS
World’s Largest Dog Weighs 284
Aired June 9, 2001 – 07:26 ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.
MILES O’BRIEN, CNN ANCHOR: They say dog owners and their — dogs and their owners, I should say, often look alike. Here is a case in point, a 270-pound Massachusetts man owns a mastiff that outweighs him.

Eileen Curran of CNN affiliate WBZ looks at the pooch who eats by the bucketful.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

EILEEN CURRAN, WBZ REPORTER (voice-over): When John Flynn of Peabody walks his dog, cars slow down and heads turn. Flynn’s a big guy, his dog, Hercules, even bigger.

JOHN FLYNN, DOG OWNER: I weigh probably 270.

CURRAN (on camera): So your dog weighs more than you.

FLYNN: Yes, yes, he does. Yes.

CURRAN (voice-over): At last check this 3-year-old English mastiff tipped the scales at 284 pounds. Hercules came to the attention of the “Guinness Book of World Records” thanks to a 9-year- old friend of the family, David Delauri. David was flipping through his edition of the book when he saw a dog that looked like Hercules.

DAVID DELAURI, FAMILY FRIEND: And then I came to this page and I was, like, oh, I thought, Wendy’s dog was the biggest dog in America.

CURRAN: The mastiff in the book weighed 286 pounds and was the heaviest living dog. Flynn called the Guinness people and learned the dog had died. And after submitting documentation, he was told Hercules now qualified as the heaviest living dog.

(on camera): So what do you feed a 280-plus-pound dog? Some might say, anything he wants. But actually John feeds Hercules about a pound of dry dog food a day, and this is his dog dish.

(voice-over): The vet says Hercules is healthy but shouldn’t gain any more weight. Flynn says he’ll walk him more often and just try to avoid causing traffic jams.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

O’BRIEN: That tale brought to us by Eileen Curran of our Boston affiliate WBZ.

TO ORDER A VIDEO OF THIS TRANSCRIPT, PLEASE CALL 800-CNN-NEWS OR USE OUR SECURE ONLINE ORDER FORM LOCATED AT http://www.fdch.com

April 21, 2007 at 8:47 pm
(33) ZIPPY says:

YALL ARE DUMB…THE DOG IS REAL

April 21, 2007 at 9:04 pm
(34) Panther59 says:

The photo may or may not have been altered a bit, but the biggest dog I have ever seen myself was also an English Mastiff…I almost shit myself when I saw him as a was coming out of the grocery store a few years back (he was tied up). His head and sloppy jowls alone were bigger than the size of a friggin’ Alaskan Kodiak Bear! He was very friendly however, and I waited for the owner to come out and guess what the dog’s name was? “BEAR”! By the way, the horse is obviously a blueblood Arabian and they are not very big horses, usually 14.5 to 15.5 hands…I know from personal experience, breeding and ownership.

April 21, 2007 at 9:07 pm
(35) Panther59 says:

Oh, by the way…even the smallest Arabian horse weighs in at the very LEAST 800 lbs…I think the photo of the dog is exaggerated, because he would weigh a LOT more if his size were comparative to the horse in the photo. I’m sure that he is still a monster dog though.

April 21, 2007 at 9:10 pm
(36) Panther59 says:

What the hell is Wade smokin’?

April 22, 2007 at 3:08 pm
(37) Sophia says:

Would you guys shutup
and the sun was high when the photo was taken so Cindy you are wrong!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

April 22, 2007 at 8:56 pm
(38) Yojimbo says:

The story is real. The picture is fake. I found a picture of the real Hercules here:
http://dogsinthenews.com/stories/070415a.php

April 23, 2007 at 9:25 am
(39) Wade says:

Hercules is dead. :( He was trampled to death by a Bull Moose in Sascatchuan, Canada this weekend while accompanying the Survivorman guy. Hercules was born in 1963. He will be missed. He is survived by two bitches, 56 sons, 38 daughters and a couple of mutts.

The episode will be shown on the Discovery Channel on July 17th.

April 23, 2007 at 7:28 pm
(40) Alison says:

Why would there be an identical picture of the scene from both the front and the back….who does that? Doesn’t the existence of a “rear” shot make it suspect?

April 24, 2007 at 11:05 am
(41) Brian says:

As an expert in photoshop I can tell you it’s photoshopped. For instance in the frontal image the shadow is showing to the left of the image. In the rear shot the same thing (opposite) . Nice try though. Also My uncle Miles owns a BIG neopolitan mastiff and although HUGE (Named Master of course) It’s no where near that big. Fake 100% fake. Nice try though.

April 24, 2007 at 9:27 pm
(42) Chris says:

Qoute: Brain” For instance in the frontal image the shadow is showing to the left of the image. In the rear shot the same thing (opposite) .”

If you notice they have turned around and went back the way they came. The shadow directions would be correct in this case.

April 25, 2007 at 10:45 am
(43) Glen says:

Chris you’re absolutely right. Brian – you’re not much of a Photoshop expert. For everyone else, stop using the shadows as your proof. The shadows related to the mass and height relative to all four is proportion to sun’s shadow on the ground. If there is proof the dog / story is a fake, I love to see it.

April 25, 2007 at 10:07 pm
(44) Jenaud says:
April 25, 2007 at 10:11 pm
(45) Jenaud says:
April 25, 2007 at 10:13 pm
(46) Jenaud says:
April 26, 2007 at 11:28 am
(47) Mike says:

OMG, I can’t believe you people are debating this! The image has clearly been digitally manipulated. Look at the guy’s right hip (left side in the image). Oops, the editor goofed there by accidentally cloning a sunny piece of grass from somewhere else in the image. This is an errant manipulation that the editor never meant to make… and proof positive #1 of digital manipulation.

For the record, I do digital image manipulation on my home computer all the time using various tools including PhotoShop. It’s very easy to select the image of the dog (and his shadow) and resize it. Then by scaling up the image it will block out most of the original. Then you would over paint any obvious glitches with grass or other background pixels from somewhere else in the image and touch up the shadows. Glen and Chris, you’re absolutely right that Brian has no idea what he’s talking about. The shadows are damn near perfect.

In addition to the hip issue, however, the top of the dog’s left ear (right side of image) was not blended properly (blurred) into the background. This is known as a sharp delineation which would not exist in this part of the image if it were real. This is proof positive #2 that the image was digitally altered.

I have no doubt that the dog exists, that they did indeed walk in that field together but the dog was scaled up (about 33% by my estimate). If you look at the real Hercules (http://www.snopes.com/photos/animals/hercules.asp) who was once in the Guinness Book of World Records as the Biggest Dog (actually “Heaviest” is more accurate) you will see that at 282 lbs, the Neapolitan Mastiff in the image in question would be about 25-30% smaller than he appears.

April 26, 2007 at 3:11 pm
(48) alysssa lyn says:

the real dog. here

pay attention people.
the fake pic.. his hip is missing.
my whole entire History class and teacher were stuck on this.

read all the entries. seriously..
the pic is fake. the dog is real.

April 26, 2007 at 8:34 pm
(49) Ben S. says:

I agree with Mike, I’ve worked with photoshop a LITTLE bit, and I certainly don’t claim to be an “expert” at it but it really doesn’t take someone who has even heard of photoshop to see that the hip smudge is an alteration. I compared both images (front and back)side by side and the picture is taken from ALMOST the same spot(you can tell by one small area across the road that could be a small grave yard). And there is something fishy about the dog’s left ear, or right below it. This site says that THIS is the John Flynn, http://dogsinthenews.com/stories/070415a.php in the interview above sent by Candy, Flynn says, “I weigh probably 270.” The person in this picture does NOT weigh 270, probably not even 200. He’s about my size I’m guessing and I weigh like 180. There’s no way that the person in that picture weighs 270. So, yeah, I’d say that someone took a true story and applied it to this picture and then altered it. Not that any of this really matters….

April 26, 2007 at 9:27 pm
(50) Ben S. says:

By the way, I failed to mention an observation: In the frontal photo, the guy is “holding” a nice bundle of leash that hangs a good bit, and if you’ll notice in the rear photo, his right hand looks like it’s not even holding anything, and there’s certainly nothing hanging down like that leash in the front photo. I guess it’s possible that he could be holding something, but it sure looks like his hand is hanging free. ALSO, if you look at the dog’s front right paw, he’s lifting his leg so it reveals his right hind paw, but then you can’t see the leg attached to it, it SHOULD be right above where the front paw curves inward.

April 27, 2007 at 1:15 pm
(51) mike sessions says:

Comments: I urge anyone who thinks this photograph is real — or even might be real — to visit a psychiatrist. Right away. Thanks to Photoshop, the dog pictured here (which appears to be a Neapolitan mastiff, not an English mastiff as claimed) is roughly twice its natural size.

Back in 2001, Joe Flynn, the owner of a 282-pound English mastiff named Hercules (see photo), was indeed told by a representative of Guinness World Records that he had the world’s largest dog. This is not that animal.

April 28, 2007 at 1:23 am
(52) Tracii says:

I see he is handi-capped(Lol) No hind-legs, where’d they go?, No shade or shadow of him amongst the sun, Why’s this?I can send you a pik of a real pik of a large mastiff, for real, no hoax!

April 28, 2007 at 3:37 pm
(53) jesska says:

Cidy, you are wrong. If you had any common sensem, you would know that a dog has a VERy different structure as a horse, therefore making it weigh much much less. This comming from a thriteen your old. (me) Even someone as young as me woudl know that. Besides, the world records books investigate these things quite well. Obviously if they havent seen proof they wouldnt put it in a book.

May 1, 2007 at 12:40 pm
(54) Victoria says:

You can tell this is fake why would you have a huge dog on a little leash

May 2, 2007 at 3:35 am
(55) yamato says:

awww man this photo sucks and blows!

May 2, 2007 at 12:12 pm
(56) Corin says:

this one’s a better picture. it looks much less like a fake. it’s closer up, less blurry, the dog is up against the guy and the pose still looks natural. i believe it.

http://www.blufftontoday.com/node/14078

May 3, 2007 at 1:41 pm
(57) iwy says:

beautiful dog, really!

May 7, 2007 at 4:45 pm
(58) Brett says:

I think it is real because I found 3 photos of the same dog and its owner. I wish I could have been there to see the photo taken. Heck I wish I owned the dog and horse!!

May 9, 2007 at 12:54 am
(59) tracy says:

the dogs not an english mastiff, absolutely 100% neapolitan mastiff!!

May 9, 2007 at 5:08 am
(60) sam123 says:

http://www.melaflux.com/images/misc/Hercules_BullShit.jpg
check out d image nd find out if it’s true or not nd neways dis pic is a hoax bcuz d dog in d photo is a neapolitan mastiff whereas hercules is an ENGLISH MASTIFF

May 9, 2007 at 11:06 am
(61) NWDiver says:

We own a small, 170lb female English Mastiff so I believe this is possible. Sadly this might be a result of a tumor or growth on the pituitary gland. I hope the owner has that checked.

May 9, 2007 at 6:22 pm
(62) retoucher says:

Fake dog real story

May 16, 2007 at 1:07 pm
(63) Trish says:

At least half of you are all IDIOTS!!!! Especially you morons who are saying you OWN ENGLISH MASTIFFS AND STILL BELIEVE THIS IS REAL!!! THE PIC IS A NEAPOLITAN MASTIFF NOT AN ENGLISH MASTIFF!!!! SCREW THE SHADOWS….IF YOU ZOOM YOU CAN CLEARLY SEE, ABOVE THE DOGS RIGHT FRONT FOOT, THE HOOF OF THE PONY IT WAS SUPERIMPOSED ON!!! OH AND HERE’S A BIGGIE THE REAL HERCULES HAS EARS (as all ENGLISH mastiffs do, and Neapolitan mastiff’s have their ears clipped as pups). THE DOG IN THIS PIC DOES NOT HAVE EARS!! ALSO ENGLISH MASTIFFS ARE FAWN AND BLACK (LIKE THE REAL ONE) THIS NEAPOLITAN IS BRINDLE!!! I SWEAR YOU PEOPLE KILL ME!!!!YOU’LL BELIEVE ANYTHING!!!!!!!!! AND THE PIC FROM THE BACK????? ARE YOU KIDDING ME???? THAT IS CLEARLY A FREAKIN PONY AND THEY TRIED TO MAKE THE TAIL INTO A DOG TAIL! WONDERING WHY HIS LEGS LOOK ODD????? COMPARE THEM TO THE HORSE ON THE RIGHT AND YOU’LL SEE THAT THE JOINTS MATCH WITH THE DOGS!!!! DON’T BE SO STUPID!!!!

May 23, 2007 at 10:39 am
(64) Your Daddy says:

Wow! If you all were suckered in to believing that we had some prehistoric monster of a dog running around shame on you……

May 28, 2007 at 4:53 pm
(65) cozek says:
May 30, 2007 at 3:57 am
(66) skippy sean says:

why are the shadows in the background going in opposite way of the dog.

May 31, 2007 at 4:17 am
(67) Brittany says:

for any of those people who think its wrong because it has no back legs are wrong here is a bigger picture where you can clearly see the back legs Click Here to see the bigger picture

Also i found this other picture that looks very real, a good close up of hercules Click Here to see the bigger picture

I do sort of think its real except if it was you would think there would be more pictures of it. would it have lived its whole life without being seen, if it was seen somebody else would have taken a photo of it, i certainly would take a photo if i saw a dog that big.

June 7, 2007 at 2:44 am
(68) nguyen dinh khoa says:

yes, I believe the above picture is actual.I’ve a similar one.

June 9, 2007 at 2:51 pm
(69) Nicole says:

OH MY GOSH some of you people are really pathetic instead of wasting your life talking about a dog that may or may not be bigger than a horse is sad get a job or a date or a friend the point is GET A LIFE the way you spend your time by talking about a dog named hercules really shows how many friends you have

June 11, 2007 at 1:22 am
(70) jason says:

Actually, that dog IS very likely to be real. I used to work in a timber yard in Sydney, Australia and we had a guard dog who weighed 95kg (well over 200 pounds) and was a Mastiff cross Rottweiler. He was HUGE, and proportionally about right compared to Hercules when you consider weight. In regard to the lead, when he was off the lead he was crazy, but when a leash was put on him he became very placid.
Be as skeptical as you want, but I’ve personally seen a dog that was 4/5ths the size of this one.

June 11, 2007 at 2:12 pm
(71) Brent says:

If you look on the web there are actual big dogs. Just cuz you go by the Guniess book of records online this does not represent all of the site just a portion. You all who dont believe its real, I wanted to ask when did you become inspector gadget?

June 26, 2007 at 6:52 am
(72) Dylan says:

cool big dog its o most as tall as that horse

July 11, 2007 at 9:38 am
(73) yankee says:

the photo is real I’ve seen the dog with my both eyes

July 13, 2007 at 5:59 am
(74) magnus Johansson says:

So they claim it is an english mastiff but anyone who know a little bit about dogs can clearly see that this is a neopolitan mastiff. So this has to be a lie. And a bad one since they can´t tell one breed from another.

July 19, 2007 at 1:11 pm
(75) ty slepoy says:

Hercules is actually a real dog weighs 282 as a 38 inch neck, I’m friends with a kid named david delauri and he and i actually were looknig through the guiness books and we said we thought hercules was the biggest dog in america so we weighed him. the only thing fake abotu this story is the picture of the dog next to the horse. hercules isn’t black hes a yellowish color.

July 19, 2007 at 1:19 pm
(76) ty slepoy says:

The Truth:
Hercules, the massive English Mastiff, was real but his time in the limelight was in 2001 when he was the Guinness world record for the World’s Largest Dog. For some reason the story began circulating widely on the Internet in March, 2007, and was accompanied by a picture of an enormous dog being walked near a horse. That picture is not of Hercules because it’s a Neapolitan mastiff and Hercules is an English mastiff. Also, the picture appears to be fabricated. The dog is about half the size of the horse and an average horse is around 1,000 pounds.

The real Hercules was owned by John Flynn of Peabody, Massachusetts. In an interview with WBZ television in Boston in June, 2001, he commented that he weighed 270 pounds so his dog weighed more than he did. It was a comment by a 9-year old friend of his that led to the Guinness world record. The friend, David Delauri, was thumbing through the Guinness Book of World Records and commented that there was a dog in there that looked like Hercules. It turned out to be a 296-pound mastiff but that had died and after submitting veterinary records to the folks at Guinness, Hercules became the heaviest. There are other categories for the tallest such as Geat Danes and Irish Woulfhounds

July 31, 2007 at 3:17 pm
(77) paul everett says:

I agree about the shadow all other shadows, horse and humans run way towards the left of the photo indicating that the light source is lower on the horizen. The shadow of the dog on the otherhand projects slightly towards the left, indicating a higher light source. Bottom line the SUN was lower on the horizen when the photo of horse and humans was taken and the sun was higher on the horizen (probable around 1pm) the photo is a FAKE. P.S. the largest dog weight wise was ZORBA an English Mastiff at over 300lbs.

August 1, 2007 at 4:31 pm
(78) Fernando says:

First of all, the “dog” shown in this picture is a Neapolitan Mastiff, not an English Mastiff which is even bigger. The AKC standard says males should be 26 to 31 inches tall…not 45 inches tall. And if so, the dog would probably weigh about 350 pounds, not 282. Photoshop is great, though…

August 13, 2007 at 5:35 am
(79) tia says:

the picture is wrong the dog was a different type of mastiff need proof check ou tthis site. http://www.truthorfiction.com/rumors/h/hercules.htm

August 17, 2007 at 1:06 am
(80) Matsura says:

For a picture of Hercules go to
“http://dogsinthenews.com/stories/070415a.php”
The dog is much smaller (shorter) then the touched up photo copy dog and like most biggest (heaviest) dogs he is also incredibly fat (obese), but he is probably a very big/tall and overweight dog. I remember Redd Fox had a St. Bernard on Johnny Carson once that weighed 260lbs.

October 5, 2007 at 6:48 am
(81) bilux says:

and there??

November 1, 2007 at 10:25 pm
(82) matt says:

its fake cuse shadow leash hip and u would see tons of people looking at them if they where in a public park

November 4, 2007 at 1:34 am
(83) vince says:

you guys are so ignorant. its a big coincidence that yesteday i was at office max and there was a lady waiting in line behind us with her dog, and her dog was HUGE! it was as big as teh shopping cart, and she said it was only 2 years old and weighed around 150 or somethign i dont remember, AND THE DOG WAS BIGGER THEN HER! she was kinda skinny and short too!!! that picture might be fake but THIS ISREAL so its very possible!!!!!

November 28, 2007 at 12:50 am
(84) CWeatherl says:

Look at the other photo of this group at http://www.blufftontoday.com/node/14078 The story may or may not be true, but this dog is

December 12, 2007 at 4:49 pm
(85) emily says:

That dog is real soooooooooooooooooooo donttttttttttt belive what the other people say about the dog cause theire just jellus that they dont have a dog like yourse.And dont belive Cindy because she is a dummy. She is my friend.

January 22, 2008 at 9:15 am
(86) bart says:

im a graphic designer and mastiff owner
i work in photohop 10 hours a day
and i can assure u all that its an unperfect hoax
for example check the dot at guys shirt, on the right, just above waist, theres a mark of one of PS tools

January 30, 2008 at 1:40 pm
(87) jagga says:

what breed is your dog?

January 30, 2008 at 2:06 pm
(88) jatt says:

i got a dog he is a japaneese akia cross rotty cross pit bull n staff bullmastif it took me 3 yrs for this breed n boi is he big n vishous i had to of theese 1 was a blak n wite with a bit of brown he wwent 4 3000 pound n now im sellin my 4yrs old 1 he is 298 lbs n he is very visous he is 5 foot 1in height n 1meter n 64 cm weighd if eney 1 wants 2 c a pik of him here is d link

.http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e94/superman81284/DSC00624.jpg

trust me dat dog is nothing compered to mine

May 9, 2008 at 2:37 am
(89) Steve Blake says:

So the photo is a bit doctored. However Mastiffs are still one of the largest adult dogs in the world. sblake

July 13, 2008 at 4:53 pm
(90) chelsea watson says:

wow i carnt belive how big that dog is its gorgouse how did it get so big lol bye luv from chelsea.xxx

August 6, 2008 at 6:49 pm
(91) Kelly says:

ACCTUALLY its 100% photo shoped and fake because the tllest dog ever is a harlequin great Dane and is only 42.2 inches tall its in the URL above from the OFFICIAL guinness world records web site :D

August 20, 2008 at 9:56 am
(92) SPARTIATIS says:

SOMETHING IS WRONG ABOUT THIS PICTURE.THATS A NAPOLITANE MASTIFF,NOT ENGLISH AND IT LOOKS 200KILOS(440)POUNDS

August 29, 2008 at 9:52 pm
(93) Jim Furr says:

The author does not claim that he Knows it’s a fake, just that he Believes 100% that it is a fake.

He leaves room for authentication at a later date.

Jim Furr >

September 13, 2008 at 1:26 am
(94) joe says:

well lookin at that pic u can tell that that horse is a lil small for a normal sized horse i worked on a farm for a few yrs n the horse that were thier were alot bigger…but as the dog goes my english mastive rellik is 268 pounds n is 31 inch neck n he is pretty huge so this pic is believable except for the guiniess book n the dog hercles cuz i reserhed it n hercles is tan n not brindle like the 1 in the pick

November 8, 2008 at 4:33 am
(95) Kweesi says:

Oh, please. If that photo of ‘Hercules’ was real, we’d see millions more photos of Hercules all over the place. There is no dog that size. The photo is a fake.

December 11, 2008 at 2:46 pm
(96) Erik says:

well. when i first saw it the first time. i didnt find anything that was strange with it. the average man is 1.78m and the biggest ever was, was 2,72m i know there is extreme cases of these things. but then i noticed the shaddow of the dog. i find it very strange that the horse, man and the woman have such long shaddows, because the dog surtenly dont…

January 22, 2009 at 7:45 pm
(97) mandy says:

Anyone who believes this to be a real dog needs to pray for a brain.

February 20, 2009 at 5:47 pm
(98) amy says:

this is not a dog its a horse

April 13, 2009 at 5:58 am
(99) James says:

you who believe this guys, and this guy take one little spec and call the picture fake..
1. guiness people actually do more then look at a picture, they verify. so that in itself makes you retards for believing that it’s fake
2. take a look at a dif. pic of the dog and explain it away too. God nothing worse then mass retardation.

http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m275/jogi21/random/huge_giant_dog.jpg

September 12, 2009 at 6:49 pm
(100) dog girl says:

hey talk about minatue horse!!!!who would beleive this(ahh,someone that was extreamly dumb)

October 19, 2009 at 5:28 pm
(101) costa rica says:

that dog is huge man n is pretty

January 27, 2010 at 2:47 pm
(102) Gregory Allen says:

Well, what can I say? Dogs get BIG(ha ha ha ha ha).

March 1, 2010 at 1:56 am
(103) jes says:

I am owner of a two year old English mastiff who weights 150 expecting him to get up to around 200 lbs when done filling out. I’m 5’3 when he stands on his hind legs he is taller then me about 5’6….the dog just is not as big as he is displayed in the photo…and he is not the hurclese that made the record…the dog in this pick is a Neo…I also own a small bull mastiff weights 110 lbs

March 8, 2010 at 7:46 pm
(104) lachy says:

they just maxmise the picture

October 11, 2010 at 3:48 pm
(105) shawn says:

dammmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm that is huge

December 4, 2010 at 5:07 pm
(106) eunice says:

the world’s biggest dog :o mg

December 10, 2011 at 5:05 pm
(107) hihosilver666 says:

this is THE biggest dog ever, no contest.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LrOV1ZcjUZs

April 5, 2012 at 1:53 am
(108) JOHN FLYNN says:

im john flynn that is t my hercules. that ass sent that photo on pony skinny guy..saying heis me. im the goodlooking one…lol….its great people are still talking agout him……i lived with my wife and son inn Peabody ma. hercules died about 2.5 yrs ago. reach me at 978 6017892 or benchdog600@yahho thanks guys..John FLynn

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