Stephen Sinclair is a Canadian freelance writer who has been publishing professionally for several years.
Juji: Most Massive Dog In History?
Realistic Images Of Giant Goldendoodle Send Internet Into Frenzy
On April 1, 2019, April Fools' Day, The Dodo, which publishes "emotionally and visually compelling, highly sharable animal-related stories," tweeted a video featuring goldendoodle-owner Christopher Cline musing over the benefits and drawbacks of owning a dog that weighs between "450 and 460 pounds."
The Instagram-using dog lover claimed that his dog, Juji, weighed about 15 pounds and was "healthy" when he first adopted it. It wasn't until the dog was more than a year old that it began outgrowing collars and his owner's couch. "At that point" he came to the realization that "something might be up."
Mr. Cline explained that vets diagnosed Juji with a disorder that presented with "too much calcium and vitamin D in his bones," while a slideshow of fantastic photos of the giant dog dwarfing his owner, an automobile, and their home is shown. It turns out that Cline is a talented Photoshop user with a love of dogs and a sense of humor.
Many Twitter users were quick the spot the deception, while others were outwitted.
"April Fools, right!? Am I right??" one user outed the publication. "You had me, Dodo!" another admitted.
Is a 450-460 pound dog possible? Probably not. According to K9 Of Mine, the standard poodle is the heaviest among the poodle breed and usually tops out at about 80 pounds. Golden retrievers, with which poodles are crossed to create goldendoodles, have a similar maximum weight. Mother Nature Network reports that the heaviest dog ever was an English mastiff named Aicama Zorba, which weighed 343 pounds.
'My Dog Is Just About The Size Of My Refrigerator'
Square-Cube Law Negates Possibility Of Giant Dogs
Galileo Galilei was the first to propose the Square-Cube Law, which explains that "when an object is scaled up its area increases by the square of the multiplier while the volume increases by the cube of the multiplier," as explained by David Esker.
A dog that grows in height by 10 times, will see its weight skyrocket by 100 times. The strength of the dog's legs would also need to increase by 100 times. However, no such change in proportion is observed in the doctored photos of giant Juji. Similar barriers prohibit the existence of other giant animals and humans.
This is not just theory, big dogs have unique problems. Since humans first began domesticating wolves between 10,000 and 30,000 years ago, as reported by The Atlantic, our quest for different traits has taken its toll on the loyal animal known as humankind's best friend.
The inbreeding of dogs, on its own, has led to wide range of health issues, ranging from heart problems and neurological disorders to the skeletal issues that many large breeds, such as Great Danes, Saint Bernards, and mastiffs, face. According to PetMD, huge breeds can expect an average life expectancy of 8 years, more than two years less than the 10.8-year average for regular-sized breeds.
Problems big dog breeds are known to face include hip and elbow dysplasia, arthritis, dilated cardiomyopathy, wobbler syndrome, bloat, cherry eye, hypothyroidism, ectropion, and entropion.
While the English mastiff Aicama Zorba was the heaviest dog ever recorded, it wasn't the tallest. That distinction belonged to a Great Dane named Zeus who was measured at 44 inches. Almost four feet! Average Great Danes stand about 30 inches tall and weigh up to 175 pounds. Other large breeds include the Scottish Deerhound, Dogue de Bordeaux, Newfoundland, and Leonburger, each with top weights between 110 and 170 pounds.
Great Dane: Tallest Real Dog
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