World's Tallest Dog Meets World's Smallest in Central Park Showdown
By Della Hasselle
MIDTOWN EAST — The world’s tallest dog met the world’s shortest Wednesday in Central Park when they both made their Manhattan debuts to have measurements taken for the "Guinness Book of World Records."
Giant George the Great Dane, who's almost 5 years old, measured 3 feet 5 inches from the ground to the top of his shoulders, and 7 feet 3 inches from his tail to his nose. On the other end of the canine spectrum, Boo-Boo the Chihuahua measured only 4 inches tall and 6.5 inches long.
George is so large, owner Dave Nasser and his wife, Christie, have to be careful to make sure he doesn’t walk near their 1-year-old daughter Annabel because she’s too little.
“He eats about 110 lbs a week,” the dog’s owner, Arizona-based real estate investor Dave Nasser, said.
That’s the equivalent of 30 Nathan’s hot dogs, an official from the Guinness Book of World records pointed out. At 245 lbs, he weighs as much as the average New York Giants football player.
In a stark contrast, Boo-Boo, at 1.5 lbs., is smaller than a slice of New York pizza.
When the tiny toy Chihuahua was born from C-Section, she was a third of the size of the other puppies, said owner and Kentucky resident Lana Elswick, a former Chihuahua trainer.
“She’s lucky to be alive,” Elswick said about 4-year-old Boo-Boo, who has been record-holder since 2007. “She weighed less than an ounce. I had to feed her from an eyedropper because she was too little to nurse.”
The two dogs may be different, but both seemed equally confused at the Guinness Book of World Records event.
“George is really smart, but I think that it even took him a few minutes to figure out that Boo-Boo was a real dog,” Nasser said.