Is this Britain’s wimpiest dog? Great dane is ‘real-life scooby doo’ – who’s terrified of everything from little dogs to plastic bags
He may be more than six foot tall standing on his back legs – but this Great Dane could easily scoop the title of Britain’s wimpiest pooch.
Two-year-old Presley has been nicknamed a real life Scooby Doo – because the slightest fright will send him running to owner Sian Barrett for a reassuring cuddle.
Sian, 47, from Oldbury, West Mids, claims Presley – who weighs 13 and a half stone – is terrified of smaller dogs – and will run and hide when he’s confornted by another pooch.
The enormous pooch even has a cushion he uses as a COMFORT BLANKET to stop him feeling scared at home – which he carries around in his mouth.
Sian said: “Presley is definitely a real-life Scooby Doo, he is afraid of everything. He is always getting scared off by smaller dogs and I’ve had to start hiding the plastic bags from him because he’s afraid.
“There was a time recently that I was walking Presley in the park and he got scared off by a West Highland Terrier, which is tiny compared to him.
“Presley wouldn’t come back out until the other dog had gone and he knew he was safe. His temper doesn’t match his size at all – he’s 38 inches at the shoulder, but scared of anything.”
From the hoover to plastic bags – everything scares gentle giant Presley at the family home.
Sian added: “He is such a timid dog that I have to go out of the room whenever I get plastic bags out. He hates them and the rustling the plastic makes scares him away.
“At 85 kilos, there’s not much that could move him, I certainly can’t lift Presley, but my husband calls him a massive wuss and that he’s a spoilt pet.”
Sian, a mum-of-two who runs pet shop Langley Pet Supplies, now thinks that Presley’s soft attitude is down to the fact that she has had him from birth and her young mutt sees her as a mother figure.
And while Sian has put Presley on show at Crufts as a top example of the Great Dane breed, his kindly nature is what always wins people over.
Presley’s personality is so endearing, in fact, that he has even cheered up hysterical children after giving them a paw to cry on.
Sian said: “People obviously are very struck by just how big Great Danes are when they first meet them, but Presley wins a lot of people around with his personality. He is a very patient dog.
“We were out on a walk on time when we met a woman with her crying child. The kid was screaming and Presley didn’t like the noise at first, he was a bit scared, but she soon as the girl walked over to him she just stopped crying immediately.
“I have taken him to Crufts before to show off to potential dog owners, as a good example of the breed. Everyone always laughs when they hear that Presley is a big softie at heart.
“I bred Presley myself and have had him from birth, so he is very much a mummy’s boy. Presley will follow me from room to room about the house and even has a cry when I go upstairs to bed.
“If I ever forget to give Presley his dinner, he will walk around the house with my shoe to show that he is going hungry.
“And whenever we get home from going out on a walk he will immediately grab a cushion to walk about with for protection.
“Most of the things that you would think Presley would be scared of he isn’t and is absolutely terrified of really trivial bits.
“As well as being scared of everything like Scooby Doo is, Presley is pretty dopey too. But so long as he gets his food he is just one big lap dog really.
“Presley would definitely try and get out of chasing any of the ghosts in the cartoons – he is a wimp.”
Sian is now part of Great Danes UK, a group that has over 5,000 members and is fast growing on Facebook. The group puts on regional meetings and raises money for dogs charities around the country.