Meet Samson, Britain’s Biggest Dog


Samson is truly a gentle giant. This 3-year-old Great Dane/Newfoundland mix is 6 feet,5 inches on his hind legs and weighs 276 pounds. He has been named Britain’s biggest dog, and he is still growing.

His neck is 29 inches, so he requires a specially made dog collar. His chest is 59 inches. When it is raining, Samson wears a coat made for a pony. (His owner says that you don’t want to smell a wet dog this big.) He is larger than most ponies, and his paws are the size of dinner plates. Samson can hold even footballs in his mouth.

Samson’s owners spend $122 a month on feeding Samson his diet of dried food and turkey legs. His 12-inch bowl is too low for his long legs, so his owners have to raise his bowl on a special stand. They take him out on four two mile walks a day (his owners must be in great shape).

When Samson and his owners go for a walk, some people are visibly shocked over Samson’s size. Other dogs keep their distance from the large dog also. His owners say that even though he is such a big dog, Samson is truly a softie and a gentle giant. He is incredibly affectionate and wouldn’t hurt a fly.

The couple says that they haven’t had many problems with Samson except for the fact that he takes up the whole couch. They also say that he snores quite loudly and they feel like the house is about to shake when he does snore.

They say if Samson gets any bigger, they may have to move into a larger house.

From Daily Mail:

The couple adopted Samson from a RSPCA animal center when he was six-months-old.

His [father] was a Newfoundland, a breed famed for its powerful build while his mother was a Great Dane, dogs renowned for their height.

They belonged to the same owner and were not meant to mate but when they did they produced a litter of 11 puppies.

Samson, however, was literally head and shoulders above his brothers and sisters.

Grandmother of eight Julie said: “He came bounding over and pinned us both to the wall, even though he was little more than a baby. But we were smitten straight away.

“The other puppies were big but none of them came close to Samson. The staff at the RSPCA centre said they’d never seen such a large dog.

18 Responses to “Meet Samson, Britain’s Biggest Dog”

  1. Lynne says:

    See, this is why you should spay/neuter! LOL
    What a sweetie. Is there a special fund to donate to so they can afford to feed him? (kidding)

  2. kae family says:

    I would name him BB for Big Bear!

  3. ~Martha~ says:

    Did I read this correctly? His MOTHER was Newfoundland while his MOTHER was Great Dane?

  4. Traci says:

    Yes, I think there is a mistake in that sentence, just a hunch.

  5. ~Martha~ says:

    Here’s the story from:

    Looks like the DAD is the Newfoundland and the MOM is the Great Dane.

    : Thanks Martha! We’ve changed the quote.

  6. furmom says:

    Of course he wouldn’t “hurt a fly”, dont’ they mean he isn’t hungry enough to hurt a fly after eating $122 a month in food? I think he’s cool, I want one just like him, but do they have a miniature version of this Great Newfound Dane breed?

  7. KimS says:

    He’s adorable!

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  9. Kate H. says:

    That’s what the Hound of the Baskervilles was! Holy pawprints, Batman!
    Actually, there are a lot of a smaller (relatively speaking) version of this - check for the famous Labradanes (lab/Dane mixes) that are languishing - and dying in large numbers - in shelters everywhere, as are so many other big, black dogs. Try Petfinder!

  10. Mahala says:

    He is such a Cutie!!!!!!!!!! I wish I could meet him.

  11. Nell says:

    Please send more pictures!! He is so cute i want to see more of him and i think other people want to see more too.

  12. Sarah says:

    he looks just like my dog but my dog is a only 180 dog is a mix but we dont know if he is a great dane black lab mix or a great dane newfoundland mix or even a rottweiler black lab mix.

  13. Anonymous says:

    pussy dogg

  14. Lauren says:

    Wow! That dog is really cute!

  15. Damian R.$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ says:

    hey cool dog I would want one of those till my birthday i am 10 years old bie? u must spend a forteen on it p.s . I think that is the bigest dog I ever seen my hole young life i do have two dog dogs but that dog is twice there size one is a girl the other a boy there are named black, and gorda.

  16. brooklyn says:

    yea i my uncle has a newfoundland/Great dane mix and he is a year old and he is about as tall as me im 5″2. He knocked me over the last time i went to his house. He is a really sweety and wouldn’t hurt a fly, but u should see the looks ppl give him its really funny.=D

  17. Julie Woods says:

    I’m Samsons mum. He’s been in trouble. He had cruciate ligament surgery on his right leg last year. Had to go to a specialists as our vet didnt feel able to cope with him, at a cost of £4000 which the Daily Mail paid for.Now his left leg has gone and he needs surgery again. He is insured for £4000 but this wont cover all the surgery (£4500) or his 2 x-rays (£500 each) or his drugs and after care. I’m trying to find sponsors for him so if you can help in any way please leave me a message and I’ll pass pics or anything else on.

  18. joelin says:

    wow i have a newfie and i dig big dogs samson rocks u should enter him in the worlds largest dog competition!

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