This week, we jump to the other side of the size spectrum and bring you George, a Great Dane who, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, is the tallest dog in the world.
George’s owner, Dave Nasser says George is a six and a half year old Great Dane who measures 43 inches at the shoulder and weighs around 230 pounds.
Great Danes, while huge are dubbed “gentle giants” and they are typically loving creatures. Although they are never usually aggressive, they are protective of their owners. The downside of life with these amazing creatures is that they don’t typically enjoy a very long life. The average life span for great danes is just 6-8 years and they do suffer from genetic predisposition to dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) and many congenital heart diseases.
When we chose our last puppy, I wanted to bring home a huge, sloppy adorable pup and while she looked big as a puppy, she is only about 50 pounds now. And even she can be a problem when she sleeps in our bed every night because she doesn’t move once she’s asleep so we end up moving ourselves to accommodate her. Likewise, George’s owner says he did at first sleep in bed with George but it became necessary to get George his own queen sized bed.
George “pretty much eats the same thing every day”, a mixture of chicken, rice, dog food and yogurt. And of course, he eats a lot, enjoying two cups of rice, one cup of dog food, three quarters of a cup of chicken, and then four or five tablespoons of yogurt for each meal which totals 180 pounds of food a month (110 of which is the dry dog food).
For more on George, visit, GiantGeorge.com or check out his newly released book, “Giant George: Life With the World’s Biggest Dog”.
Here are some great pics of the fabulous George: