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A tall tail ... does Wales have the world's top dog?

A pet Great Dane living on the Gower has high hopes - he's in the running to be crowned the world's tallest dog standing at 7ft 1in.

Three-year-old pet "Major" measures 41 inches from his paw to his shoulder but is 85 inches when on his hind legs.

Major's owners Brian and Julie Williams are waiting for confirmation he is the world's tallest dog. Credit: ITV News

The 12-stone pooch sleeps for 22 hours each day on his adult-sized mattress.

Major's owners Brian and Julie Williams are waiting for confirmation he is the world's tallest dog.

But two other giant dogs are also in the running - and officials from the Guiness Book of Records will visit all three with their tape measures before crowning a new record holder.

The 12-stone pooch sleeps for 22 hours each day on his adult-sized mattress. Credit: ITV News

He is the biggest-hearted dog in the world.

He is such a fantastic animal.

People love seeing him.

They play with him all day.

We bought him as a pup and he has been with us ever since.

He has got free reign of the place if he wants to go out, he isn't locked indoors.

He's afraid of his own shadow, he's absolutely great with kids and an absolute star.

He brings us a lot of happiness and is so easy to look after.

He's just got a terrific temperament and never gives us a minute's problems.

– Brian Williams, owner
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Major is up against two other Great Danes, Freddy from Southend in Essex, and Rocco, from Nevada in the US.

A vacancy for the title has existed since the world's official largest dog, 'Giant' George, died at home in Arizona in the US three years ago.

The estimated the cost of feeding Major is around £30-35 a week. Credit: ITV News

He is up against Freddy from Southend and Rocco in Nevada.

It's going to be fun to find out if he's the tallest - but he's top dog to us anyway.

– Julie Williams, owner

The estimated the cost of feeding Major is around £30-35 a week.

He has a couple of litres of milk a day, half a dozen eggs, two kilos of beef and two kilos of biscuit.

The biggest thing about him is his character.

He is outgoing and there is not an aggressive bone in his body.

– Brian Williams, owner

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