This is George the Great Dane, the biggest dog in the world. He stands at four foot at the shoulders, is seven feet long and weighs in at a whopping eighteen stones. He is also terrified of chihuahuas!
George lives in Poenix USA and his owners originally chose him because he was the ‘runt of the litter’! This did not last for long however. By the age of one the Great Dane weighed in at fifteen stones and at the beginning of 2010 he was officially measured at 43″ from toe to shoulder and made it into the Guiness Book of Records as the world’s largest dog.
George gets through an amazing 100lb of dry dog food every week, likes nothing better than sleeping and being with his family and sleeps in a king sized bed. Since his TV appearance after making it into the record books the Great Dane has a fan club, his own website and a Facebook following of 70,000 people! (source: Daily Mail Online)
The Great Dane
is one of the largest breeds of dog. Often known as a ‘gentle giant’, they are popular because of their gentle nature and attachment to their family. They have a great desire to be a part of the pack at all times and are very friendly to all comers. The Great Dane doesn’t bark much or need huge amounts of exercise (larger dogs often actually need less than smaller dogs because of the pressure on their joints) an average daily walk will do.
History of The Great Dane
An older breed than you might think, dogs looking like the Great Dane were first pictured on Greek money dated back to 36BC. They are thought to have been brought over to Europe when Asiatic armies invaded Italy, parts of Germany and Spain in 407AD, bringing with them this huge Mastiff type dog. The Great Dane as we know it was probably a mixture of English Mastiff and Irish Wolfhound, probably selectively bred with Greyhound. They were originally used as watch dogs and for hunting wild boar and bear. Despite their name, they have nothing to do with Denmark!
The Great Dane Today
Today the Great Dane is mainly used as a pet although he still makes a good watch dog (more because of his intimidating size than any aggressive tendencies), and is also used in the sports of tracking and carting. They are usually between 28-34″ in height (bitches are slightly smaller) and weigh anything between 100-200lb.
And the most famous Great Dane in the world (apart from George of course) has to be Scooby Doo!!
So, George the Great Dane is certainly an exception to most of his Great Dane companions, but certainly deserves his recognition as the ‘biggest dog in the world’.