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.