When Nevada couple Nicholas Helms and Jessica Williams got their first Great Dane puppy, they had no idea the little cutie would grow up into a 7-foot-tall giant!
At just 2 years, Rocko weighs over 167 lbs and his freakishly large stature has put him in league with the tallest dogs of the world!
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Nicholas and Jessica cheekily call Rocko a “part-horse” who keeps “sprouting like weed”.
But seeing the pooch towering over them like a little pony, it’s hard not to see that Rocko is indeed one special guy.
No wonder he is one of the top contenders to break into the Guinness Book of Records as the World’s Tallest Living Dog!
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Despite his enormous size, Rocko is convinced that he is a lap dog. He is highly independent and has learned to open doors on his own and drink water straight from the kitchen sink.
But when it comes to being tough, Rocko fails miserably! This silly guy whines every time he sees an animal getting hurt on TV, and wouldn’t stop crying until his parents comfort him!
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Rocko might be a big softie, but that doesn’t stop him from being a “walking mayhem” in the neighborhood.
His enormous wagging tail can act like a whip, so Nicholas and Jessica make sure to keep him out of the way of kids during walks.
The couple thinks that Rocko’s huge size and emotional persona only make him more human, and they hope to keep him healthy and happy for a long time!
Click the video below to watch Rocko’s heart-melting antics as a freakishly large goofball!
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A friend of mine has a beautiful Dalmatian. Friendly, energetic and lovable, she was a perfect family pet… but she wasn’t the smartest pooch on the planet. See, she knew how to go through the pet door out into the garden, but she had no clue how to get back inside. It never occurred to her that the flap could swing both ways. So she would sit outside and howl until my friend would open the door.
Repeated demonstrations of the dual movement of the flap had no effect; it just did not compute. The dog breeds on this list, however, probably don’t have that problem. They’re widely considered to be among the cleverest canines in the world. Take a look and see if you agree.
1. German Shepherd
No surprise here. German Shepherds are the world’s best police dogs, military dogs, and some have even been movie stars (remember Rin Tin Tin?). Brave, loyal, smart and strong, they’re the total package.
Also on the list of the best family-friendly dogs in the world, the Beagle has an incredible nose that lets them sniff out just about anything. Born detectives, they’re not the most trainable pets, but they are smart. And hey, nobody ever accused Snoopy of being dumb.
3. Golden Retriever
A popular choice for assistance dogs for their easy temperament, natural intelligence and loyalty, Golden Retrievers are natural guides and also serve as great rescue dogs. Active and fun to be around, they’re wonderful family pets.
4. Border Collie
Border Collies are considered by many to be the geniuses of the dog world. Expert herders, laser-focused (they’re known for their intense stare), and incredibly agile to boot, they’re workaholics and excellent athletes. Just don’t expect to keep one cooped up in an apartment.
Did you know poodles were originally hunting dogs? They respond very well to training and are quick to learn tricks. So don’t let the fluffy looks and styled mane fool you! These dogs are among the smart canines around. Plus, they’re among the best dogs in the world for those who suffer allergies.
6. Belgian Malinois
A terrific military dog, the Malinois is a natural herder, tracker and worker. Smart, trainable and protective, these dogs require an owner who knows what he or she is doing. In addition to the military, Malinois are often recruited as guard dogs and police dogs as well.
Named for their butterfly-shaped ears, papillons are small, cute and pretty smart. They’re considered the smartest of the toy dog breed, with intelligence levels comparable to the über-smart border collie. They’re alert and focused pets, and loyal and lovable: an ideal friend for he family.
Sadly, Dobermans are known more for their ferocity than their smarts, but these are considered among the most intelligent dogs in the world, as well as one of the most effective guard dogs around. They’re outstanding students known to be affectionate and obedient.
Don’t let the wrinkles and dopey expression fool you! Bloodhounds have the keenest of noses, and are often used for trailing (so much so that their evidence can be used in court against you!). These are loving but strong-willed dogs, and are often used on search and rescue missions.
10. Australian Cattle Dog
You need a smart, determined and energetic dog to control unruly cows. And that’s just what the Australian Cattle Dog, or ACD, does. They’re intelligent enough to herd these much larger creatures, and while they need their independence and wide open spaces, they’re eager workers who know how to get the job done.
Did we miss your brainy dog on this list? If so, write in and let us know about it!