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Tucson's own Great Dane "Giant George" declared Tallest Dog Ever

Giant George is now World's Tallest Dog
Giant George is now World's Tallest Dog
AP Photo/Guinness World Records,Jacob Chinn

Ever since the standing record-holder for the Guinness Book of World Records "World's Tallest Dog" -- Gibson, a Great Dane in California -- passed away, Tucsonan David Nasser has been trying to get his dog George recognized as the tallest dog in the world.

In November, another California Great Dane named Titan was given the title as Gibson's successor, after Nasser apparently was unable to qualify due to problems with measurement and paperwork. Nasser and a team of George's fans have since waged a publicity campaign, trying to get the Tucson dog named as the true tallest dog.

Yesterday that effort was rewarded as the Guinness organization announced that they have named George the World's Tallest Dog, and also gave him the title of Tallest Dog Ever. Guinness officials certified George at 43 inches tall, beating out Titan's officially recorded height of 42.25 inches.

Giant George and his owner made an appearance on the Oprah Winfrey show on February 22nd, and George even has his own website. According to the site, George was born on November 17, 2005, weighs about 245 lbs., and sleeps by himself on a queen bed. Nasser told KOLD-TV that he got George as a 7-week-old puppy.

See more photos of George on his site and on the Arizona Daily Star site.

Guinness World Records is launching a search for record-holding pets in these categories:

  • Longest Ears on a Dog
  • Smallest Dog (Length)
  • Oldest Dog
  • Smallest Cat
  • Oldest Cat

For more information or to enter your pet for consideration, go to

The annual Guinness World Records book was first published in 1955. It is currently published in over 100 countries and 25 languages.

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  • alexander 5 years ago

    what a dog!!

  • Denise 5 years ago

    245 pounds!!! He's not just tall, he could squish you too.

  • alexis 5 years ago

    my puppy is tall but a smaller version

  • Sarah 5 years ago

    I love your articles Heidi. :)

  • Heidi, Cats Examiner & Tucson Pets Examiner 5 years ago

    Thanks Sarah! That motivates me to keep writing!

    All, thanks for your comments. I joke about how some dogs are so small my cats could eat them for breakfast, or how my cat Jake is so huge he could squash other cats. But even he is tiny compared to Giant George! I can't imagine having a dog that weighs almost twice what I weigh.

  • Kirsten 5 years ago

    Saw him on Oprah - amazing!!! Showed him sleeping on his own queen size bed - bet he could sleep anywhere he wants though! :)

  • Erika - LA Cooking Examiner 5 years ago

    That is one monstrous dog.

    Heidi - I'm an old friend of your brother's. Found you by accident. Small world!

  • zack 1 year ago

    i met hin in az when i was 7

  • zack 1 year ago

    i could ride him like a pony

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