Giant George: Life with the Worlds Biggest Dog by Dave NasserWith his big blue eyes and soulful expression, George was the irresistible runt of the litter. But Dave and Christie Nassers baby ended up being almost five feet tall, seven feet long, and 245 pounds. Eager to play, and boisterous to the point of causing chaos, this big Great Dane was scared of water, scared of dogs a fraction of his size and, most of all, scared of being alone.
GIANT GEORGE is the charming story of how this precocious puppy won Dave and Christies hearts and along the way became a doggie superstar. In 2010, George was named by Guinness World Records as the Tallest Dog in the World-ever. He appeared on Oprah, and even has his own global fan club. But to Dave and Christie, this extraordinary animal is still their beloved pet, the one who has made them laugh, made them cry, and continues to make them incredibly happy.
9 of the world's largest dog breeds
All of the record-breaking animals here share one thing in common: they stand head and shoulders above and go to greater lengths than all the competition! Belgian horse Big Jake measured 20 hands 2. That means he is taller than the average NBA player 2. When asked about what it's like to own the biggest horse in the world, Jerry told us: "We're proud to hold the record and enjoy the people who visit the farm. We enjoy the reactions and when people leave our farm happy from the experience of seeing Jake. When measured at four years old, he is documented to have towered
Always had a thing for big dogs? Do you know what the largest dog breeds are? Here is an overview of the 25 largest dog breeds. You will be amazed at the diversity among them. Some have been bred to hunt large animals, others to survive in extreme conditions, and there are some which have been bred large to intimidate intruders and be better guard dogs. No matter how intimidating some of these large dogs may look, in general, larger dog breeds are usually loving, loyal, relaxed, and mild-tempered animals. This makes them excellent pets!
On average, Great Danes stand around inches tall. We'll start with the breed that is widely recognized as the largest, at least in terms of height. However, before setting down official roots in Germany, the dogs that eventually became the Great Dane breed came from a crossbreed between English mastiffs and Irish wolfhounds. Though they aren't the heaviest dogs, reaching around pounds, they are among the tallest. The average Great Dane stands around inches tall but often they can be taller. The world record holder for tallest dog was a Great Dane named Zeus who stood an astounding 44 inches tall.
Many giant breeds are mature, soft and relaxed dogs as adults and require less exercise than most smaller dogs, so they can make better pets for small living arrangements, such as apartments. Because they are larger animals, they are less likely to be intimidated by other people and thus are much more adaptable to meeting friends, family members, and children of owners. They are normally very calm and are great family dogs. If they sense a threat towards their owner, they will become very protective. They are, in general, stronger than other breeds and many giant breeds are well known for their working abilities.