Gibson (dog)

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Gibson (right) with Zoie, a chihuahua
SpeciesCanis lupus familiaris
BreedGreat Dane
BornApril 26, 2002
DiedAugust 7, 2009(2009-08-07) (aged 7)
OccupationTherapy dog
Term31 August 2004 – 7 August 2009
OwnerSandy Hall
Weight180 lb (82 kg)
Height42.2 in (107 cm)

Gibson (April 26, 2002 – August 7, 2009) was a Harlequin Great Dane living in Grass Valley, California, United States recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the "World's Tallest Dog" in 2004,[1] displacing "Harvey", the previous record holder.

World record holder[edit]

While his owner Sandy Hall claims Gibson was 42.6 inches (108 cm) tall measured from the ground to the top of his withers and weighs 180 pounds (82 kg).[2][3] the official report of the Guinness World Records state that Gibson was 42.2 inches (107 cm) tall.[4]

Gibson was a certified therapy dog and appeared, wearing his trademark bandanna,[5] on several television shows including The Tonight Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and The Ellen DeGeneres Show. He was also the official “spokesdog” for ForeverLawn, the maker of K9Grass, based out of Uniontown, Ohio where Gibson could be seen on the occasional walk.[6] The book "Gibson Speaks: The World's Tallest Dog Talks About His Life"[7] tells his story.[8]

In 2009, he lost one of his legs to bone cancer.[9] Despite chemotherapy, the cancer spread to his lungs and spine, and Gibson could not be saved. On August 7, 2009, his owner had him euthanized.[1][10][11]


  1. ^ a b "World's tallest dog dies". 2009-08-13. Retrieved 2009-11-16.
  2. ^ "Official Gibson Report by owner". Archived from the original on 7 June 2009. Retrieved 27 July 2010.
  3. ^ "California dog dubbed tallest in world has died". MSN. 8 December 2009. Retrieved 19 July 2010.
  4. ^ "Official listing at Guinness World Records". Archived from the original on 5 October 2011. Retrieved 27 July 2010.
  5. ^ "World's Tallest Dog on a Plane – Video". 1 June 2008. Retrieved 4 April 2013.
  6. ^ "Gibson, the world's tallest dog dies of canine bone cancer". The Suburbanite. 2 Feb 2008. Archived from the original on 13 February 2010. Retrieved 4 April 2013.
  7. ^ Hall, Sandy (2008). Gibson Speaks: The World's Tallest Dog Talks About His Life. ISBN 1-57601-095-3.
  8. ^ "Gibson Speaks: The World's Tallest Dog Talks About His Life". 2008. Retrieved 4 April 2013.
  9. ^ Barnett, Lindsay (21 May 2009). "Gibson, world's tallest dog, loses leg to cancer". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 19 July 2010.
  10. ^ "World's tallest dog dies in California". 2009-08-19. Retrieved 2009-11-16.
  11. ^ "World's tallest dog dies from cancer". Archived from the original on 12 February 2010. Retrieved 27 July 2010.

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Preceded by
World's tallest dog
31 August 2004 – 7 August 2009
Succeeded by
Titan (Great Dane)