Great Dane named world's tallest dog - but is 'terrified' of family's vacuum

A Great Dane named after Macaulay Culkin's character from Home Alone has been crowned the world's tallest dog by Guinness World Records.

Kevin measures 0.97m (3ft 2in) from his feet to his withers (the ridge between the shoulder blades) but is about 7ft when on his hind legs.

The three-year-old, from West Des Moines in Iowa, lives with three other dogs - including a pug - and four cats.

Owner Tracy Wolfe says he's the "epitome of a gentle giant" who loves hogging the sofa.

Kevin often crouches and crawls near other dogs to make himself less intimidating - and is said to be "terrified" of the family's vacuum.

"He won't let it come within six feet of him. He will jump and run to get away from it," says Mrs Wolfe.

Despite eating a lot, Kevin manages to stay trim - but gets predictable comments when out and about like "is that a horse?" and asking if he has a saddle.

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"He's always been very gentle with the other little dogs" and gets on "fine" with the family's cats, adds Mrs Wolfe.

"He does once in a while try to chase them but if he catches them he just licks them."

Kevin is still a bit shorter than the tallest dog ever - another Great Dane, named Zeus, who measured 1.118m (3ft 8in) and died in 2014 aged five.