There are dogs, and then there are big dogs. Sometimes there are also really, really big dogs, like Baron, who is believed to be the biggest dog in all of Australia.
Baron is a two-year-old English Mastiff. Baron already weighs 250 pounds and measure 6.5 feet in length. The craziest part of Baron’s enormous size? He will only grow larger. The dog is expected to keep growing until he is about four years old.
Despite his enormous size, Baron is reportedly a gentle giant who gets along well with people and other dogs. In fact, Baron is such a gentle and friendly dog that he has now been approved as a therapy animal. He will soon start visiting people at hospitals and schools.
Baron has other interests besides visiting schools and hospitals. He also enjoys going on fishing trips and is available for stud service.
As might be expected, Baron eats an extraordinary amount of food. He and his canine housemate, a French Mastiff named Chelsea, eat about $200 worth of food every week. Baron typically eats meat and biscuits for breakfast, chicken necks for a midday snack, and meat and biscuits again for dinner. In addition to his regular meals, Baron also eats pasta, brown rice, various vegetables, eggs and some vitamins.
Baron is something of an Internet celebrity. He even has his own Facebook page, Baron the olde English Mastiff.
Mark and Dorothy York, who adopted Baron when he was 18 months old, are no strangers to English Mastiffs. The couple has had five of the dogs over the past 30 years.
There are a number of large dog breeds besides the English Mastiff. According to the American Kennel Club, these are some of the largest dog breeds.
Some people like their dogs big, and sometimes very big. This is a lucky thing for dogs like Baron who was rescued by a couple who love Mastiffs. Many people like the security of a large dog because, whether the animal is friendly or not, it sure does look intimidating.
All large dog breeds were each developed for a specific reason. Whether hunting, agriculture, or guarding, each breed was developed to meet specific needs. These characteristic traits continue even when the dog is employed only as a pet. Some dogs, for example, are bred to have high energy levels and will need to be exercised frequently even if they are not working.