Great Danes have been known for their superior height and stature. So much so that the last two dogs to have earned the title of World's Tallest Dog by Guinness World Records were, in fact, Great Danes.
Therefore, it should come as no surprise to learn that recently Guinness World Records again awarded a Great Dane the title of World's Tallest Dog.
The newest addition to the Great Dane hall of fame is a four year old, Blue Great Dane, named George from Tucson, Arizona. Since there was some initial controversy surrounding George's height, officials from Guinness World Records decided to send a special adjudicator to officially measure George's height in person.
The adjudicator measured George to be 43 inches tall (109 cm) from his paw to his shoulder, and 7 feet and 3 inches (2.2 m) from the top of his nose right down to the tip of his tail, effectively beating the previous record holder by nearly an inch in height, or 0.75 inches to be exact.
George currently weighs in at 245 pounds, which is approximately 100 pounds heavier than the average Great Dane! His owner, David Nasser, claims that George eats roughly 110 pounds of food per month!
David and his wife, spend anywhere from $250 to $300 in dog food and treats every month.
"He's so tall, he can actually reach down into the sink and get a treat," said David when he and George recently appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show.
George has is very own queen sized bed to sleep on at home!
"We originally started him in a dog crate. Then, he outgrew that, and he went to a twin-size bed," explained David. "Within about a year, he outgrew that."
George also enjoys riding around in style inside a golf cart.
"He loves it," says David. "He hops right in, and we're ready to go. It's one of his most favorite things to do."
This gentle giant even has his very own website - www.giantgeorge.com. George can also be found through his Facebook and Twitter pages as well.
Previous Record Holders
The previous record holder was a White Great Dane from San Diego, California, by the name of Titan. Titan was measured at 42.375 inches.
Before Titan, there was Gibson, another Great Dane who was from Grass Valley, California, who measured 42.2 inches in height.
The Editor-In-Chief of Guinness World Records, Craig Glenday, has stated that the title of World's Tallest Dog is very competitive and as such yields plenty of controversy:
"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."
More Guinness Records
With all the attention and media interest that Guinness World Records has received because of George and the title of World's Tallest Dog, Guinness World Records has decided to create more pet records.
Guinness World Records is now in search of pet record holders for the following titles, to name a few:
Longest Ears on a Dog
Smallest Dog in Length
"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," explained Mr. Glenday.
Guinness World Records
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The annual Guinness World Records book was first published in 1955. Today it is published in over 100 countries and is translated into 25 different languages.
If you, or your pet, are interested in applying for a world record, you can submit your record claim at www.guinnessworldrecords.com