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Gentle Giant: Great Dane in the US named Kevin, recognized by Guinness as the world’s tallest dog

At almost 1 meter tall, a Great Dane in the United States has been crowned the world’s tallest living male.

According to the Guinness World Records, three-year-old Kevin measures 0.97 meters from his feet to his withers, which is the highest point of his shoulder blades. The average height of a male Great Dane is about 0.76 meters.

The previous record – at 1,046m – was held by another Great Dane, Zeus, who died in 2023 at the age of three.

Kevin lives with his owners, Tracy and Roger Wolfe, in West Des Moines, Iowa.

The couple have two children – Alexander, 12, and Ava, 10 – and a variety of other pets, including three dogs, four cats, chickens, goats and horses.

Ms Wolfe, who works at a veterinary clinic, told the Guinness World Records that Kevin is a big baby who is often unaware of his own size.

“He tries to fit into small beds and sit on our laps, just like the smaller dogs,” she said.

The gentle giant is named after the main character Kevin McCallister from the classic film Home Alone, which is about an eight-year-old boy who stays behind at home when his family goes to Paris for Christmas.

Kevin’s size often leads people to mistake him for a horse, with some jokingly suggesting that he can be saddled and ridden. He attracts attention wherever he goes and likes to be in the spotlight.

When the family first adopted Kevin as a puppy, they would marvel at how “he just keeps growing and growing.”

“We’d say, ‘He’s the tallest dog I’ve ever seen,’” Ms Wolfe said, adding that it’s “really exciting for the family” to have his height officially recognized by Guinness.