Arizona dog is world's tallest

PHOENIX Mon Feb 22, 2010 9:05pm EST

The Great Dane Giant George is pictured in this undated handout photograph taken on January 12, 2010 and released on February 22, 2010. Giant George -- all 43 inches (1.09 meters) tall and 245 pounds (111 kg) of him -- was named the world's Tallest Living Dog and Tallest Dog Ever by Guinness World Records on Monday. REUTERS/Jamie O'Rourke/GiantGeorge.com/Handout

The Great Dane Giant George is pictured in this undated handout photograph taken on January 12, 2010 and released on February 22, 2010. Giant George -- all 43 inches (1.09 meters) tall and 245 pounds (111 kg) of him -- was named the world's Tallest Living Dog and Tallest Dog Ever by Guinness World Records on Monday.

Credit: Reuters/Jamie O'Rourke/GiantGeorge.com/Handout

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PHOENIX (Reuters) - An Arizona canine is now the world's Top Dog.

Giant George -- all 43 inches tall and 245 pounds (111 kg) of him -- was named the world's Tallest Living Dog and Tallest Dog Ever by Guinness World Records on Monday.

The four-year-old gray Great Dane from Tucson, Arizona, made it into the record books after Guinness dispatched its own inspector to verify his height, measured from paw to shoulder.

Giant George, who has his own website -- www.giantgeorge.com -- as well as Facebook and Twitter pages, beat out his nearest rival, Titan, a Great Dane from San Diego, California.

And there's no dog house for this plentiful pooch, who consumes about 110 pounds (50 kg) of food each month. Owner Dave Nasser says George sleeps on his own queen-sized bed inside the house.

(Reporting by David Schwartz, Editing by Tim Gaynor and Sandra Maler)

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