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A local dog with has lost his Guinness world record holder status.
Giant George is now the tallest dog ever, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. The 250-pound, blue Great Dane from Tucson stands 3 feet, 7 inches tall from paw to shoulder. That's three-quarters of an inch taller than his closest rival, Titan, a white Great Dane from San Diego.
There were conflicting reports about Giant George's height, so they sent a judge to verify it, according to the folks at Guinness, who made the announcement Monday.
The 4-year-old Titan took the title of world's tallest dog in 2009 after Gibson, 7, a Great Dane from Grass Valley, Calif., died of bone cancer.
Giant George, also 4 years old, is owned by David Nasser.
Owner Diana Taylor said last year that Titan is blind, deaf, epileptic and undergoes acupuncture and chiropractic adjustments every three weeks. He is also a gentle soul who is often mistaken by young children as a horse.
“He is the absolute sweetest soul. I'm blessed to have him in my life,” Taylor said in August when Titan's bid began.