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World's Tallest Dog and Cat Revealed

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It's been a big year for big pets. The Guinness Book of World Records has singled out a slew of supersize animals in their 2013 edition.

Unfortunately for Debby Maraspini, the honor of "tallest cat ever" was bestowed up her Savannah cat named Trouble after his death. Trouble passed away on August 15, 2012 at the age of four -- but not until after his 19-inch height was recorded by Guinness officials, allowing him to live on as a mark of history.

The Savannah cat is a hybrid breed that is a cross between an African Serval and a domestic feline. Savannahs are an especially social cat breed and are sometimes compared to dogs because of their loyal demeanor and playful nature.

Unsurprisingly it was a Great Dane who took the "Tallest Living Dog" honor. Appropriately named Zeus, this Michigan pup stands above the rest of the canine population at 3 feet, 6 inches from paw to shoulder. He's as impressively long, stretching  7 feet, 4 inches from nose to tail.

Although Zeus's owners says he's often mistaken for a horse -- he has nothing on the actual tallest living horse -- Big Jake out of Wisconsin who stands 6 feet, 10 inches -- without horseshoes.

Zeus is also dwarfed by the tallest donkey: 5 foot, 1 inch Oklahoma Sam, a four-year-old American Mammoth Jackstock from Watsonville, California.

Keep in mind -- your pet doesn't have to be supersized to snag a spot in the record book. Just remember "Frank and Louie," who entered the 2012 Guinness Book of World Records as the longest-surviving Janus (two-faced) cat. What record might your pet hold??




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