Giant George

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Giant George
Species Canis lupus familiaris
Breed Great Dane
Sex Male
Born (2005-11-17)November 17, 2005
Died October 17, 2013(2013-10-17) (aged 7)
Title World's tallest dog
Term February 22, 2010 – September 13, 2012
Predecessor Titan
Successor Zeus
Owner David Nasser
Weight 250 pounds (110 kg)
Height 43 inches (110 cm)

Giant George was a blue Great Dane previously recognised as the world's tallest living dog, and the tallest dog ever by Guinness World Records. There were originally conflicting media reports regarding his height, but the official measurement showed that he was three-quarters of an inch taller than the previous record holder, Titan (at 43 inches (110 cm) at the withers) and an inch shorter than the subsequent record holder, Zeus.[1] His records were announced as he appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show in February 2010.

Biography[edit]

George was born on November 17, 2005, and was owned by David Nasser since George was 7 weeks old.[2] While measured 42 5/8 inches high (109 cm) at the midpoint of the neck and wrongly advertised by Guinness as 43 inches at the withers, his legitimate height was 39 1/8 inches (99 cm) at the withers according to GPCA Illustrated Standard[3] and he weighed 245 pounds (111 kg),[4] which is about 100 pounds (45 kg) more than an average Great Dane.[2] At the time of his death, Giant George resided in Tucson, Arizona.[5]

At home he slept in a queen-sized bed, and one of his hobbies was to ride around his family's neighborhood in a golf cart.[2] While traveling to Chicago for his 2010 appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show, George was given a row of three airline seats to himself. He caused a commotion with fellow passengers visiting him to take photographs. "There were so many people coming to the front of the plane, the pilot ended up illuminating the 'fasten seat belt' sign to get everyone to sit down," explained his owner, David.[4] During the flight, George along with David and wife Christine had to sit in the bulkhead, the partition that divides first class from the rest of the passengers. They were to fly first class on American Airlines, but they found that there wasn't enough room for George and instead flew the following day.[6]

George died on October 17, 2013.[7]

Nomination[edit]

Conflicting reports were made of George's height, so a Guinness judge was sent to verify it.[8] Craig Glenday, Editor-in-Chief of Guinness World Records explained, "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."[5] The measurement by veterinarian Jim Boulay and witnessed by Guinness representative Jamie Panas showed that George was three-quarters of an inch larger than the previous record hold, another Great Dane, Titan.[6][9]

The records were announced by Oprah Winfrey on February 22, 2010 when George appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show.[2][10] George had been awarded the titles secretly on February 15, 2010, with Oprah's producers asking all parties and media to keep the announcement quiet until after his appearance on the show. Inquiries had been made by the show for George to appear prior to him gaining the titles; however, his owner requested that they hold off their appearance until Guinness had reviewed his application.[6]

The announcement of the new record was used by Guinness World Records to publicize a variety of other pet-related record searches, including longest ears on a dog, smallest dog (length), oldest dog, smallest cat and oldest cat.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "By Zeus! 7'4 Great Dane and 2’6 bull from Armagh in latest Guinness Book of Records". Irish Independent. Retrieved 13 September 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Tucson's giant among dogs, tallest on record". Kold News. February 23, 2010. Retrieved February 23, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Measurement Details". 
  4. ^ a b "Giant George enters record books as world's top dog". BBC News. February 23, 2010. Retrieved February 23, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b c Moriarty, Richard (February 22, 2010). "George crowned 'greatest Dane'". The Sun. Retrieved February 23, 2010. 
  6. ^ a b c Villarreal, Phil (February 22, 2010). "Record-setting Great Dane set to do Tucson proud on 'Oprah'". Arizona Daily Star. Retrieved February 23, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Tucson's Giant George passes away". Retrieved 18 October 2013. 
  8. ^ "Guinness: Arizona Great Dane is tallest dog ever". Washington Post. February 22, 2010. Retrieved February 22, 2010. [dead link]
  9. ^ Jones, Sam (February 22, 2010). "Giant George takes crown as the world's tallest dog". London: The Guardian. Retrieved February 22, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Measuring 7 feet 3 inches (2.21 m) nose-to-tail and weighing in at 17st, Giant George is declared the world's tallest dog". Daily Mail. February 23, 2010. Retrieved February 23, 2010. 

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Records
Preceded by
Titan (Great Dane)
World's tallest dog
February 22, 2010 – September 13, 2012
Succeeded by
Zeus (Great Dane)