World Record For Largest Dog Breed
The holder of the world record for the largest dog breed is a Harlequin Great Dane by the name of Gibson. He is a familiar face for most of us, as many have probably caught any of Gibson's previous appearances in such television shows as The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Good Morning America, Inside Edition, the Montel Williams Show, Animal Planet's Guinness World Record of Amazing Animals and Larry King Live; and in magazines like Parade Magazine, Ladies Home Journal, and Life Magazine.
Gibson may be truly busy with appearances left and right, but he sure has time to pursue another passion in his life: helping kids and adult cope with their medical conditions. Indeed, Gibson's heart is as big as he is tall. He makes the rounds of hospitals with his owner Sandy Hall, to put smile on sick children and grown-ups' faces and help them get through the healing process, by allowing himself to be petted and sometimes growling "I love you"-a hit among all the patients. When he is not out healing people's hearts or appearing on television, Gibson spends his days relaxing in their Grass Valley, California, ranch with a goat, a horse and a puppy.
As of the moment, Gibson holds the record for being the world's tallest dog, the world's tallest therapy dog, and the world's tallest Great Dane. He stands 42.6 inches tall at shoulder height, stretches up to seven feet and two inches on its hind legs, and weighs 180 pounds. When he was born on April 26, 2002, Gibson was the first to be born out of his mother's first litter of 12. He was named after his musician owner's favorite guitar. While he wasn't remarkably big in the first few months, Gibson began to fill out at four months. By the time, he had large paws and a lot of skin hanging on his body such that people mistook him for a shar-pei, according his owner. When he was one year old, Gibson had grown to be 40 inches high-a height that was not normal even by Great Dane standards.
Gibson has since learned many different tricks and earned different recognitions since. Aside from being a title holder in the Guinness Book of World Records, this Harlequin Great Dane is also a holder of the AKC Dutchman Meistersinger Pedigree, a premier line of Great Danes from as far back as the late 1800s in Germany.
Aside from his ability to growl "I love you," this certified therapy dog can also bite a regulation basketball and dribble it with his mouth. He recently co-authored with his owner a book entitled "Gibson Speaks," which is about his life and experiences as the tallest dog in the world.
Early this year, unfortunately, Gibson's front leg had to be amputated to prevent bone cancer from spreading to the rest of his body. The cancer was detected on the paw, but the veterinarians thought it best to cut the entire leg for Gibson's safety. Despite this, Gibson has not lost his happy heart, or his title as the world's tallest dog.
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