The Seay family, who are the owners of Atlas, say that they knew that Atlas would be a big dog from the very first moment they saw him. The family bought the purebred Great Dane from a Missouri-based breeder. Atlas was born in a single-puppy litter, and even as a puppy, Atlas’ feet were so large he had trouble walking.
After the Seay family acquired Atlas, the dog continued growing bigger, and at some point, Spencer Seay, his human mom, stopped taking the dog out in public because the dog attracted so much attention due to his big size.
Despite being taller than the previous world record holder, Atlas is yet to be officially crowned as the world’s tallest dog due to the stringent review process before such a prestigious designation can be awarded.
Speaking to the press on Monday, April 12th, 2021, the Seay family reported that they have been in communication with Guinness officials for about three years now.
Some of the requirements, the Seays had to meet before the designation could be officially conferred, include recording videos of their dog running on flat surfaces and having the measurements of the dog taken by certified vets in front of live observing witnesses.
In addition, the vets who took Atlas’ measurements had to send copies of their licenses to Guinness offices in Europe, while the witnesses had to provide sworn and signed statements.