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A Neapolitan Mastiff as big as a horse? Really?
A Neapolitan Mastiff as big as a horse? Really?

Molosser Moment #9

A Neo becomes urban legend

Hercules the Mastiff. Hercules the Mastiff.


Almost a decade ago, a double-taker of a photo (above) started making the email rounds, labeled “Hercules, the World’s Biggest Dog.” But Hercules (left) is an English Mastiff from Massachusetts whose 282-pound weight got him into Guinness World Records; he’s not a Neapolitan Mastiff with a penchant for ponies. Mistaken identity aside, the question that dogs this photo (and a couple more supposedly taken that day, see below) is whether it is real, or simply a clever Photoshop job. A comparison of the dog’s forearms and head to the corresponding body parts of the man beside him tells the story: One Internet pundit calculated that a dog of this size would have to weigh between 600 and 700 pounds, a physical impossibility. (Also, there are some graphic oopses: Look at the sloppy Photoshopping that munched away part of the man's right hip bone.) Size really does matter, it appears: Why else would someone make such an effort to create this hoax?    


Moment #9 Urban Legend Giant Neapolitan Mastiff Neo

Just as much of a fake going as it was coming.    


Next: Molosser Moment #10


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