CASSELTON, ND, USA -- Boomer, a 180-pound
Landseer Newfoundland dog (owned by Ms.
Caryn Weber and sons Waylon and Hunter,
measures 3ft tall (1 metre) at the shoulders and 7ft (2.1m)
long from nose to wagging
tail, and stands 36 inches tall at the shoulders -setting
the new world record for the Tallest
His owner, Ms. Caryn Weber, of Caselton
in North Dakota, has told how her pet has become a bit of
celebrity since news of his attempt to make the record books
has spread. She said: “The phone hasn't stopped ringing. It's
been a whirlwind.”
Boomer can stare into a car window eye to eye
with a driver. A 20lb (9kg) bag of dry dog food lasts the
180lb (81kg) canine a couple of weeks.
Even for a Newfoundland, one of the largest
dog breeds around, Boomer is big. As a puppy, Boomer was called
Ripley (as in "Believe It or Not!") in reference to multiple
surgeries he had to deal with an abdominal hernia.
"We changed his name from 'Ripley' to 'Boomer'
when we got him because of his deep, big booming bark"
said owner Caryn Weber.
The growing puppy expanded at such an alarming
rate that his stitches ripped, the Associated Press reports.
Caryn Weber says her three-year-old Landseer
Newfoundland keeps all four paws on the floor when he drinks
from the kitchen tap in her family's farmhouse in North Dakota.