A Blue Great Dane called George that stands at nearly 43 inches tall and weighs a staggering 111kg (17.5 stone), has been recognised as the world’s tallest dog by the Guinness Books of Records.
George, who lives with his owner, David Nasser, in Tucson, Arizona, has clinched the Guinness world record after his stats – 109cm from paw to shoulder; 220cm from head to tail – were confirmed by an official adjudicator following some controversy.
The lofty canine saw off competition from the previous record holder, a four-year-old Great Dane named Titan, thanks to his extra three-quarters of an inch. The breed appears to have the title sewn up: before Titan took the 2009 crown, the glory belonged to Gibson of Grass Valley, California.
“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,” said Craig Glenday, the editor-in-chief of Guinness World Records. “We can indeed say now that George is the top dog,” he added.
The company is now searching for other, less obvious record-breakers such as the smallest dog (length), the dog with the longest ears, the oldest dog, the smallest cat and the oldest cat.
Glenday also said: “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.” [GiantGeorge via Gurdian]