World's Largest Dog Is Newest and Biggest Pet Literary Star

More on PawNation: Awesome, Dogs, Giant George, Record Breaker, The Dish
Meet Giant George. We bet this Great Dane has a pretty powerful pawshake, because he holds Guinness World Records for both tallest dog and largest dog. According to the U.K. Daily Telegraph, George weighs in at 230 pounds and stands 4 feet tall on all fours, 7 feet on his hind legs.

People who don't know about George already will soon become acquainted with this gentle giant, because he is the lovable subject of the new book "Giant George: Life with the World's Biggest Dog." Written by his owner, Dave Nesser, the story follows George from his adoption to fame, humorously looking into the special circumstances that arise in the life of the World's Largest Dog.

RELATED: Play the Who's Cutest game now!

More Great Danes:


Some of those special needs include a dog bed the size of a queen mattress, and 180 pounds of food every month. Nesser said that even though the dog weighs 100 pounds more than a typical Great Dane, George is still a pretty normal pooch. He loves to eat, play, sleep and bark at the mailman.

As with many adoption stories, Nesser said that for he and his wife, Christie, it was love at first sight when they found George. Ironically, the couple was attracted to puppy George because the little dog appeared to be the runt of the litter. The pair soon discovered that "runt" might not have been the optimal word.

RELATED: Want more amazing dogs? Check out these heroic canines.

At 5 months old, the playful and attention-seeking puppy was already the size of a fully grown Labrador. Nesser said that he and George were bullied out of the puppy section of the dog park due to the George's size. Once George hit 252 pounds at age 2, a friend suggested contacting Guinness to see if the dog was really the biggest on Earth.

A Guinness adjudicator pronounced that not only was the George the tallest living dog, but the tallest canine ever. This new title landed the Great Dane a coveted spot on "The Oprah Winfrey Show."

RELATED: Learn about dogs of all shapes and sizes.

Now George is adding the title of "literary star" to his résumé, but he doesn't let success change his kind and devoted disposition. Nesser said that no matter where fame has taken the dog or where it will lead next, George is always a loving member of his family before anything else.

Add a Comment

*0 / 3000 Character Maximum

42 Comments

Filter by:
Debra

Love ya George!

July 11 2012 at 4:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
garyarwood

GARY ARWOOD

July 11 2012 at 12:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
garyarwood

GEORGE IS A BEAUTIFUL DOG !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

July 11 2012 at 12:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dolly Charles

Follow his exploits as he travels across the Channel and then north to Denmark in an emotionally desperate earch for his biological parents.

April 14 2012 at 12:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
russellbgeister

mastiffs are great guard dogs they are heavy sleepers during the day but light sleepers at night ours is a great dane cross we think with a a bull mastiff unfortunatly she is only about 45 kg but she is very enrgetic for her breed and runs like a greyhound i think beacuse of her size she might live alot longer than her bigger kin who tend to not get much past 8

April 13 2012 at 7:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jasmine.coomes

What a beautiful dog!

April 12 2012 at 7:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Melissa Stoufer Cune

George is totally amazing - I bet he is a real sweetheart too. I had a Great Dane puppy once and remember having to feed him a special diet and give him calcium supplements as well because of the fast pace in which their bodies grow. It's like their body grows faster than the bones get strong enough to hold the weight. I like too that Georges ears are not cropped and he is so cute! Great Danes have wonderful personalities and I think it is really cool that George has become such a "big" celebrity. You go, boy!

April 12 2012 at 5:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Melissa Stoufer Cune

George is amazing - I bet he is a real sweetheart too. I had a Great Dane puppy once and remember having to feed him a special diet and give him calcium supplements as well - due to the how fast their bodies grow. It's like their body grows faster than the bones get strong enough to hold the weight. I also like that George did not get his ears cropped because it gives him a much more nicer appearance. I know that Great Danes have wonderful personalities and I think it is cool that George is so famous. You go, boy!!

April 12 2012 at 5:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lemmonherk

Oops ... "GRIND up ..."

April 12 2012 at 11:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lemmonherk

I wonder why the dog has that bump on his head? Looks like the kind of occipital crest you find on some hominid skulls, which indicates a plant-based diet (the raised bone anchors the strong jaw muscles needed to gring up plant matter). Very odd.

April 12 2012 at 11:57 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Who is Cutest?

Like us on Facebook?
window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push( {flush: true} );