Is Bentley the World’s Largest Dog?

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THROOP -- What's 38 inches tall, 228 pounds, and eats 110 pounds of food a month? This is no riddle; this is a true story of a big dog in Lackawanna County whose owners are trying to get him into the record books.

When he comes at you at a gallop, you might mistake Bentley for something else.

"You see a lot of people taking their phones out, or 'Is that a dog? Is that a horse?' Basically the common reaction is, 'is that a horse?

Bentley's owner Bob Magliocchi and his family in Throop have always had Great Danes, but never one like Bentley. He's the biggest by far and now possibly the biggest in the world.

Magliocchi and his family are in the process of applying for Bentley to be documented in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's tallest living dog.

He stands 38 inches tall from paw to shoulder. He has an appetite, too, eating about 30 pounds of dog food a week.

"And some table food, treats, more or less."

Even though he is 228 pounds, Bentley considers himself a lap dog.



Bentley is the textbook definition of a gentle giant. His owners didn't think the 5-year-old would make the record books until this year.

"I think by the vets, they were actually shocked by his size that he was because they said they never saw one his size, either. So, once they told me, 'don't let him get over 240,' I sort of then realized that he is a large one."

Large enough to help himself, while we were there Bentley performed his famous party trick, getting his own ice from the ice maker.

Bentley and the Magliocchis should know before the end of the year if Bentley's picture will be in the record book. They haven't planned any celebrations just yet.

"Maybe we'll get him a cake."

After all, worldwide notoriety isn't the kind of attention Bentley craves.

1 Comment

  • Dan Gray

    I have an old english bull mastiff female that lives down the street from me and she can sit on her haunches and look into a car window On her back legs she is over 7 feet tall and she weighs close to 250 pounds. But she is so lovable that she would not hurt a fly and would rather cuddle and be petted then to make a pest of herself. All you have to do is see her in the yard and call out SA-DEE and the earth quakes when she comes running.

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