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Boomer, a Landseer Newfoundland, is a 7-foot-long dog (and he may be the world's tallest)


When Gibson, a harlequin Great Dane and the world's tallest dog, died in August after a short battle with osteosarcoma, he left behind a void not just in his owner's life, but in the Guinness World Records book as well.

Boomer, a 3-year-old Landseer Newfoundland (Newfoundland is his breed, which hails from the Canadian island of the same name, and Landseer refers to his black-and-white markings), is here to fill that second void. Boomer measures 36 inches tall at the withers (the ridge between the shoulder blades where dogs and horses are measured for height) -- a bit smaller than Gibson's 42.2 inches -- and 7 feet long from nose to tail tip. 

Even for a Newfoundland, one of the largest dog breeds around, Boomer is big. (According to the Newfoundland's AKC breed standard, 28 inches is an average height for males. And Boomer weighs more than the typical Newf too, tipping the scales at 180 pounds, with the average weight for males ranging from 130 to 150 pounds.) "He comes into the house and his tail is so high everything gets knocked around," his owner, Caryn Weber of eastern North Dakota, told the Associated Press

As evidenced by the above photo, Boomer is big enough to drink from Weber's kitchen faucet without having to stretch or stand on his hind legs. (Note to self: This is one reason we might want to stick with small-to-medium-sized dogs.)  And a 20-pound supply of dog food lasts just a few weeks, Weber said.  

Boomer2 As a puppy, Boomer was called Ripley (as in "Believe It or Not!") by Weber's sons, who gave him the nickname in reference to multiple surgeries he had to deal with an abdominal hernia. The growing puppy expanded at such an alarming rate that his stitches ripped, the Associated Press reports. (Note to self: This is another reason to stick with smaller dogs.)  Later, Boomer grew into his ... well ... booming bark, and his current name was chosen.

Weber plans to send Boomer's measurements to the Guinness company in hopes of snagging the currently unheld world record for tallest dog. (In case you're wondering, an Irish wolfhound named Mon Ami von der Oelmühle has Boomer beat for the longest-dog title, measuring more than 7 feet.) 

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-- Lindsay Barnett

Top photo: Boomer drinks from the kitchen sink at Weber's home near Casselton, N.D.  Credit: Dave Wallis / Associated Press

Bottom photo: Boomer with Weber at her home. Credit: Dave Wallis / Associated Press

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My dog is bigger than this! He won't win. There's a Dane in the running that is taller than Gibson was. They're probably trying to get him studded out and make some money off of him.

But what about harculas , i think he is the world largest dog

How is this a headline? There are English Mastiffs much bigger than this and Great Danes taller than this.

Boomer weighs 180 lbs..? Zorba an English Mastiff weighed 340 lbs (largest dog of all time).

I just love the comments of people who say: Oh! I know dogs bigger than that! blah blah.

You'd think if they did wouldn't they be mentioned as well to contest this story? There's even a possibility that some people don't care to enter their dogs into the record books.

And by the way Hercules the Neapolitan Mastiff is a hoax, it has already been determined that it was a photo shopped image.

are there relly two of them

It must have been a slow news day in North Dakota when they ran this story! He's not even close. My mastiff/dane mix is taller.

I am Giant George, living in Tucson, AZ...I am 42.5 inches from the floor to my withers (the only way to measure the height of a dog...since we don't stand on two feet, measuring from snout to bushy tail is irrelavant), and I weigh 245 lbs. I am attempting to become the worlds' tallest dog...please spread the news that a 7' TALL dog does not exist...maybe a 7' LONG dog. Please visit me at giantgeorge.com or Giant George on Facebook

I also have 2 Newfoundlands, they just turned 2 Oct 11. My sir- Clyde weighs 185 pounds 2 feet 8 inches tall at the shoulders and meansures 5 ft 6....best breed. Just think I still have another year of growing for little man,.lol.

Excuse me but, it's apparent you do not know much about Newfs. A Newfoundland it is, but a Landseer it is Not! A Landseer (which is a Newfounland) is 70% White or more, with black markings. This Boomer (R.I.P) pictured here had to much black to be considered a Landseer, he was just a good looking Newfie.

I don't see what the big deal is here. A friend of mine had dogs called Great Pyrenese(SP?), they were as big as the PONY I had. Those were the biggest dogs I have ever seen and dwarf this dog. Whatever, the white-eye is always in competition for the biggest and the best, it's all about status not what matters most.


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