‘World’s biggest puppy’ arrives at small dog home – 10st at just 10 months old
A small dog rescue centre has been landed with the ‘world’s biggest puppy’ – who is whopping 10 stone at just 10 months old.
The giant pooch, named Tzar, is a Caucasian Ovcharka and was handed to the charity by a man who had paid £3,000 to import the rare breed from his native Russia.
Tzar is expected to grow to a staggering 16 stone and comes from a line of dogs that hunted bears and wolves.
But now the rescue centre is looking for a loving home to take on the giant mutt – who is already chomping his way through £300 of food every month.
Kathy Trout, of the Huddersfield-based West Yorkshire Dog Rescue, said: “We believe Tzar is the biggest puppy in the world. It’s going to take a special kind of person to look after him. You cannot have a dog like this running loose.
“He is currently eating his way through £300’s worth of food a month and we are expecting the cost to increase as he grows.”
Male Caucasian Ovcharka dogs can reach as much as 16 stone in weight and eat their way through two huge bowls of dog food a day.
Tzar came from the West Yorkshire Stray Dog Pound after a man walked in and handed him over.
Kathy said: “The Dog Warden wanted him to go to a good rescue because he could be dangerous in the wrong hands.
“The man told them at the pound that he had spent £3,000 to import the puppy but then realised he was growing too big.
“That’s like someone buying a Shire horse foal and suddenly realising how big it is going to be.
“This breed is possibly the biggest dog in the world, growing to 100kg in weight at their mature size of two-years-old. They originate from Russia, where they were bred to hunt bears, guard livestock and kill wolves.
“They are a powerful, dominant, stubborn and highly intelligent dog.
“Tzar is a great big silly puppy and is totally adorable. He is as soft as butter. I don’t think he could ever be aggressive, he is just a big teddy, but if he got into the wrong hands it could be a problem.
“You can see how big he is already, standing on his hind legs next to a 17 hands high horse. He is so impressive.”
Tzar has also had to contend with cruelty; someone has cut off his ears and his tail, probably to stop them being injured if he was put into a dogfight.
At the moment he is being fostered on a 15-acre smallholding, with horses, sheep, poultry, pigs, cats and dogs. He is being held in special quarantine kennels until the incubation period for kennel cough is over and will then be integrated by the Rescue with other dogs.
He has also undergone a neutering operation and had to have a huge level of anaesthetic to prepare for it.
Kathy said: “We want a good home for him where he can be safe and the public can be safe. We appreciate that it’s going to be hard to find the right person. They are going to have to have enough money and space for Tzar to have a good life.
“If you tried to insure a dog of this size you’re talking about £50 a month. If the owner doesn’t have enough money the dog is going to suffer. He’s so difficult to handle, he’s going to need training.
“Just to anaesthetise a dog of this size costs around £350. He needs more anaesthetic than the average person.
“I have never seen a dog of this breed before. I think he is the only one in the country. He is a highly valuable dog.”