Can you believe this? Scary! Here's Hercules, an English Mastiff. He's captured the title of "Largest Dog in the World." Hercules weighs 282 pounds. His neck is bigger around than most people's waist--38 inches! The Boston Herald reports that his paws are "the size of softballs." English Mastiffs normally weigh about 200 lbs. Hercules "just grew" reports his owner, John Flynn of Peabody, Massachusetts.
from: Dogs in the News
Here's another picture of the big guy. I'm sure experts would agree that Hercules could drop a few. I'm writing a book about overweight dogs so I fully understand what a challenge this can be. Kelly is about 10 lbs overweight, and even cutting back on her food and making sure she gets more exercise, the weight is coming off slow.
According to Snopes, the picture of the man walking a giant dog next to a horse often seen circulating on the web, bears no connection to the real Hercules, above.