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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.

This entry was posted on Monday, February 22nd, 2010 at 10:41 am by Laurel Babcock. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
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For most animal lovers, pets are members of the family. They carry around pictures in their wallets and schedule vacations with pets in mind. This blog takes a look into the world of a pet owner: the good, the bad and the just plain obsessive.

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Laurel Babcock is the Community Life editor for The Journal News, Express Publications and LoHud.com. She grew up with a beloved mutt and was surrounded by dogs into young adulthood. She liked cats enough, but didn't really think of them as true pets. That changed when her brother brought an abandoned 4-week-old kitty into the family, dooming us all. Laurel currently serves as staff for two completely adored cats, Stanley and Cup, both girls.


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