Animal shelter’s plea to find loving owner for its ‘biggest dog ever’

A Dogs Trust shelter is looking for a forever home for a dog that they claim is the “biggest dog we’ve ever had.”

At 100kg, appropriately 15 stone 7lbs, four-year-old mastiff Galahad weighs the same as a newborn elephant.

The gentle giant is looking for an owner who will be able to handle his significant size and clumsiness.

Harriet Blaskett, rehoming centre manager at Dogs Trust Canterbury, said: “Galahad is easily the biggest dog we’ve ever had here at Canterbury, and he’s looking for a big-hearted owner to match.

“He’s got no idea of his size at all and just loves human company so he needs an owner able to cope with the demands of such a big dog.”

But don’t let his size fool you, mastiffs are known for being outgoing, gentle and bundles of joy.

Ms Blaskett said: “Galahad has had a lot of upheaval in his life so far, so can be a little unsure when he first goes somewhere, but once he’s comfortable he enjoys exploring his environment, sniffing (and knocking things over) as he goes.

Galahad has had four prospective owners, but now he’s on the lookout for his forever home.

Potential owners will need plenty of space and access to a garden.

Dogs Trust also advises against Galahad living with cats or any other small furry pets, as well as boisterous dogs or children under 12.

“His amazing foster carers say he loves nothing more than lounging on a sofa of his own – he sleeps on a two-seater – and plodding around the garden.”

Galahad is also pretty clumsy, Ms Blaskett says.

“He has little respect for flower beds or hedges and chooses to walk through them, loves chewing toys, and spraying them with saliva with a flick of his head,” she added.

Old English mastiffs are recognised by Guinness World Records as being the heaviest dog breed, with an old English mastiff named Zorba setting the record for the heaviest dog in 1987, weighing 142 kg (22 stone, 3lbs).

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