Meet Zorba the Mastiff

The biggest Mastiff so far on record was an old English Mastiff called Zorba. It weighed 343 pounds and measured 8 feet 3 inches from nose to tail.

Zorba is also the heaviest dog ever recorded.

Zorba the Mastiff is incredibly impressive, but he’s not the only giant dog to make the record books. Check out a few more record holders.

Cloe the Mastiff

Another Guinness record holder, Cloe was a massive Mastiff from Tibet that was one of the heaviest ever recorded. Weighing in at a whopping 365 pounds, Cloe stood 38 inches tall at the shoulder and measured 8 feet, 5 inches from nose to tip of tail. By the age of eight years old in 1989, he was said to have been the size of a large donkey.

Gibson the Great Dane

Mass is one thing, height is another. Up until 2009, Guinness’ record holder for height was Gibson, a Harlequin Great Dane that stood an unbelievable 42.2 inches tall at the shoulder. This amazing beast was about 7 feet tall when he stood on his hind legs!

Giant George

As of 2011, a blue Great Dane named Giant George was the Guinness record holder for tallest dog. According to, George’s height was measured at 43 inches. He also weighed in at a whopping 245 pounds.

Heaven Sent the Chihuahua

Just for fun, compare Zorba and these other big dogs to one of Guinness’ smallest living dogs of record. Heaven Sent Brandy was a Chihuahua that measured just 6 inches in length from the tip of her nose to the tip of her tail.

Sylvia the Yorkshire Terrier

Now for the smallest dog ever recorded. Sylvia the Yorkshire Terrier was a mere 2.5 inches tall, 3.5 inches long and weighed just 4 ounces. This would make her roughly the size of the Zorba’s nose! Her life span was short; she was only two years old at the time of her death in 1945.