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Newfie vs. Dane in Guinness Contest

Boomer and Brewster Compete for Tallest Dog Status

By VICTORIA HEUER

October 8, 2009

The pool of competitive hopefuls vying to be granted the title of world's tallest dog has rounded out this week with the addition of Boomer, a three-year-old Landseer Newfoundland hailing from Casselton, North Dakota. Boomer currently stands at 36 inches (3 feet) at the shoulders, seven feet long from nose to tail, and 180 pounds.

The previous record holder was Gibson, a Harlequin Great Dane from Grass Valley, California, which stood at 42.2 inches -- just over 4 feet -- before his death at age seven this past August. When standing upright on his two hind feet, Gibson stood at least 7 feet, and weighed an equally impressive 180 pounds. His death was the result of a fast spreading cancer of the bones.

While it is agreed that Boomer is indeed a large dog, he may be facing a bigger foe: Brewster, the offspring of Gibson, currently measures in at 38 inches at the shoulders and at 165 pounds, Brewster still has some room to grow. His owner Sandy Hall (also the owner of Gibson), pointed out that Brewster weighs 40 pounds more than his father Gibson did at the same age. As happens with many large breed dogs, it can take a few years to reach full growth.

That has not dissuaded Boomer's owner, Caryn Weber, who nevertheless intends to enter Boomer into the Guinness World Records this coming year. If Boomer is deemed less than tallest, Weber is hoping Guinness will add a category for world's longest dog.

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