Myth Blaster: Giant George Tallest Dog in World


You might have seen this email:

Standing at nearly 43 inches tall from paw to shoulder and weighing a staggering 245-lbs, could this be the world’s new tallest dog? Pictured here in the parks of Tucson, Arizona, George, a four-year-old blue Great Dane looks more like a miniature horse than a dog.



Myth Blaster Verdict:
TRUE.
The dog was reported in the Daily Mail, December 24th, 2009 with a picture (above) of Giant George, a 4-year-old Blue Great Dane who weights 245 pounds, measures 7-feet, 3-inches from nose to tail, and stands three-and-a-half feet tall at the shoulder. His owner is Dave Nassar of Tucson, Arizona, who stated that Giant George eats about 110 pounds of dog food each month and sleeps in his own queen-size bed.
Snopes verified the information, and also stated that Giant George has his own website, Facebook page, and Twitter account.
Urban Legends stated:

Unofficially, yes. London’s Daily Mail reports Giant George, a 4-year-old Great Dane owned by Dave and Christine Nasser of Tucson, Arizona, stands 42.625 inches at the shoulder, .375 inches taller than the current Guinness World Record holder, a Great Dane in San Diego named Titan.

Video clips are available at the Incredible Features, one of them featured below:

Conflict on the name of the dog: Urban Legends states the dog’s name is Titan; and other sources listed below call him George or Giant George. However, at the dog’s website he is Giant George (World’s tallest dog). The dog, according to the website states he appeared on the Oprah Show.

Bibliography

Giant George … Snopes
Giant George World’s tallest dog … Giant George website
Giant George – World’s Tallest Dog … Oprah.com (Feb. 22, 2010)
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