Hercules Inspired Dog Names in Pop Culture
Hercules is a purebred Mastiff dog; he's owned by John Flynn of Massachusetts. Hercules' owner never sought to make his massive Mastiff famous. However, a young boy happened to overhear Flynn discussing his Hercules with another Mastiff pet parent. When Flynn mentioned that his humongous Hercules weighed in at approximately 275 pounds, the little boy couldn't help but want to find out how Hercules compared to the current title holder (of the title for largest dog in the Guinness book). The young boy, David Delauri, was astonished to find that the dog with the title weighed only a little more than Hercules (the title holder at that time was another Mastiff weighing in at 296). David reported his findings to John Flynn, and John took Hercules to the veterinarian in order to have more accurate measurements to send in to Guinness should Hercules qualify.
Hercules' owner was surprised to find that his Mastiff weighed a whopping 282 pounds and possessed a neck circumference of thirty-eight inches! In addition, when Flynn contacted Guinness, the company informed him that the previous record holder had passed away, an event that made Hercules the new title holder.
Hercules' story doesn't end there, though! In today's world, hoaxes are ever-common! Shortly after Hercules' story was made public and people learned of his distinction, doctored pictures of a dog claiming to be Hercules began circulating the Internet. This dog is often pictured with a couple and a horse. The pictures make Hercules look like he is almost as tall as the horse, more muscular and somewhat broader than his equine companion. To further the hoax, not only did one picture of the supposed Hercules surface, but three did!
It didn't take long before the fake photos were being debunked! First of all, the dog used in the fake pictures is a Neopolitan Mastiff, rather than an English Mastiff (neither breed is related). Next, the size of the dog is totally out of proportion of what an English Mastiff can grow to - the picture makes the fake Hercules appear to be nearly three-quarters of the size of the horse also in the picture, but no Mastiff, no matter how huge, has ever reached those dimensions. Regardless, many people fell for the online trickery.
Hercules Inspired Dog Name Considerations
Hercules proves to be quite a heroic figure in the Disney adaptation of his story. However, this is not to say that the Hercules of Roman mythology was any less a hero. The traditional Hercules was bound by honor, which made him heroic. Even though he made many mistakes throughout his life, he always tried to rectify those issues. The Hercules of the Disney movie must prove he is heroic by fighting for what is right, including rescuing two young boys and later, Meg (Hercules' love interest).