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Huge Dog With Horse Photograph

Summary:
Circulating image depicts a huge dog and a horse being lead through a park (Full commentary below).



Status:
Origin unknown - Image is almost certainly manipulated.

Example:(Submitted April 2007)
Subject: You call that a dog??? THIS is a 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 has 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.

Huge Dog with Horse




Commentary:
This photograph of a horse and extremely large dog being walked by a man and a woman is circulating via email, blog posts and online forums. Many of the examples that have been submitted to Hoax-Slayer have contained no details or description other than a catchy subject line. Others have claimed that the dog in the picture is Hercules, a dog classified as the world's biggest by Guinness World Records.

However, this description was apparently taken from an article about Hercules available on eBay Guides and elsewhere on the Internet and does not seem to have any genuine connection to the image. Both Hercules and Kell, the other world record winning dog mentioned in the article, are certainly very large animals. However, neither are as large as the gigantic animal shown in the photograph. Hercules weighed in at 282 pounds while Kell tipped the scales at 286 pounds. The almost horse-sized creature depicted in the image would surely weigh considerably more.

If real, a dog of such enormous proportions could have easily taken out the world's largest or world's heaviest dog record and the animal would have garnered considerable media attention.

It seems clear that the image has been cleverly manipulated, perhaps by replacing a picture of the man's horse with a disproportionally sized picture of a dog.

References:
Nova Photo Album: Hercules
World's Biggest Dog, World's Heaviest Dog
New Record for Largest Dog in the World?
UK 20-stone dog is world's heaviest

Last updated: 11th April 2007
First published: 11th April 2007

Write-up by Brett M.Christensen