World’s Largest Dog
This just in: Standing at more than 7 feet from head to tail and weighing almost 250 pounds, he’s not just a Great Dane; he’s the ‘greatest’ Dane! Guinness World Records today announced that ‘Giant George’, a Great Dane from Tucson, Arizona owned by David Nasser, is the new official record holder for both the Tallest Living Dog and the Tallest Dog Ever. This new ‘top dog’ measures 43 inches (3 ft 7 inches) from paw to shoulder as verified by an official Guinness World Records adjudicator who visited the dog after controversy surrounding his height required an in-person measurement. ‘Giant George’ inched out the previous record holder, Titan, by .75 inches to claim the crown.
George joins a history of Great Danes who have claimed this lofty title. The previous record holder, Titan, a four-year-old Great Dane from San Diego, California stands 42.25 inches tall and was crowned Guinness World Records’ Tallest Dog in 2009. Prior to Titan was Gibson, of Grass Valley, California, who stood at 42.2 inches tall.
“This is a hotly contested record and after some controversy and conflicting media reports we decided to send our own official adjudicator to put the final stamp on this record holder. We can indeed say now that George is the top dog,” said Craig Glenday, Editor-In-Chief of Guinness World Records. “This record has also sparked great interest in finding other pet records, so we’re asking everyone to check their dog houses, scratch posts and under the bed – they just might be living with a record-breaking pet!”
Tune in to see ‘Giant George’ on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” today Monday, February 22, 2010 (check local listings) in his first television appearance since being officially recognized as Guinness World Records’ Tallest Dog.
Guinness World Records is also searching for new pet records in the following categories: Dog With the Longest Ears, Smallest Dog (Length), Oldest Dog, Smallest Cat and Oldest Cat. For a chance to be included in the Guinness World Records 2011 edition, submit your record proposal at www.guinnessworldrecords.com.