Chandler Great Dane named world's tallest living female dog!


by Tami Hoey

Posted on December 28, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 31 at 11:42 AM

CHANDLER, Ariz. -- They say that every dog has her day.

And today belongs to Bella, who was just named the world’s tallest living female dog!

Bella is a lovable Great Dane who lives in Chandler. The Guinness Book of World Records recently crowned her the tallest living female dog in the world.

"I was elated,” says Bella’s owner Andy Barbee.   “I had no idea Guinness would actually approve it, but it worked out beautifully."

Bella weighs 170 pounds and eats four cups of dog food every day, with a little water mixed in.

When it comes to naming a Top Dog, the requirements for the Guinness Book of World Records are very specific. Her owner had to use a special certified measuring stick to find out that their pooch stands just over three feet tall, shoulder to foot, while standing on all fours. That mean’s Bella’s even taller, if you count her head!

"She has to be measured 3 different distinct times in three different positions and there have to be at least three witnesses,” Barbee tells us.

Bella has earned four obedience titles. But for now, she’s retired. Her owner says she spends lots of time playing with her housemate, an eight month old pup named Mrs. Calabash.

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