This old English mastiff may be huge, but inside he’s just a sweet little puppy, according to his owner.
Baron is a whopping 6 feet, 6 inches long and weighs 250 pounds ― and he’s only going to get bigger.
He’s only 2 years old, and won’t be fully grown until he is 4. His owners, Mark and Dorothy York, believe’s he’s the biggest dog in Australia, but have not been able to get any official recognition, they told the Daily Telegraph.
But the behemoth canine is one gentle giant, owner Mark York told The Huffington Post in an email.
“He cries when I leave the house, he bounces around the place like Tigger, and he plays with a big rubber chicken that he shakes in his mouth. And he will beat you to death if you are too close to him when he does it,” Mark York told The Huffington Post in an email. “Every morning when we come downstairs he greets us with the zoomies and spins around in circles. He is just a big soft baby boy. A real boofhead.”
Mark and Dorothy York adopted Baron in February after his breeder became unable to watch him full-time. Mark York drove more than 900 miles to get Baron and bring him back to his home in Sydney. York said Baron was “in need of TLC,” as well as some chiropractic work.
As you might expect, Baron has an appetite fitting his size.
“Baron eats about two steaks a day and along with [our] French mastiff, Chelsea, costs more than $200 a week to feed,” York told the Daily Telegraph.
Baron’s typical eating schedule consists of meat and biscuits for breakfast, chicken necks for a midday snack, and more meat and biscuits for dinner along with extra vitamins and oils, and some sardines, egg, pumpkin and veggies.
Considering Baron’s food intake, his output is also massive.
“No, he doesn’t sit on the toilet, but he is a fully house trained, very clean dog and tends to hold his poop till we go for walks,” York told HuffPost. “I invented a gadget that holds a plastic grocery bag and, as he goes into action, the bag goes under his arse and straight in the bag.”
Luckily for York, the massive poops only happen two times a day.
“He doesn’t go out after 10 p.m. and sleeps all night in the house,” York said. “No doggie doors.”
But Baron’s no loaf ― in fact, his friendly and gentle demeanor have landed him a career as a therapy dog visiting schools and hospitals.
“He will start work in a few months time,” York said.