Giant George takes 'top dog' title
Published 22/02/2010 | 13:34
A Great Dane from Tucson, Arizona, has been declared the world's tallest dog.
Giant George is the new Guinness World Records holder of the title, measuring a mighty 43 inches (109cm) from paw to shoulder and 7ft 3in (2.2m) from nose to tail.
His title was announced after a special Guinness World Records adjudicator visited the lofty hound to verify his measurements.
The dog, who weighs 245lb (around 111 kilos) and consumes around 110lb (about 50 kilos) of food every month, inched out the previous record holder, Titan, a Great Dane from San Diego, California, by 0.75in (around 2cm).
Guinness World Records said they were hoping the new title announcement would prompt owners to examine their own pets to see if perhaps they too could break a record.
It is launching a new search for pet records for the longest ears on a dog, the smallest dog, the oldest dog, the smallest cat and oldest cat.
Craig Glenday, editor-in-chief of Guinness World Records, 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."