Standing 7ft tall and weighing a whopping 15 stone, Balthazar might just be Britain’s biggest dog.
The five-year-old Great Dane measures 3ft 3in (1m) from its paw to its shoulder and weighs the same as a baby elephant.
From his nose to his tail, Balthazar measures 7ft (2.1m).
He tipped the scales at more than 15 stone (95kg) during a recent trip to the vet.
Owners Vinnie, 46, and Dixie Monte-Irvine, 39, were shocked when Balthazar weighed 15st 6lb (99.3kg) at the vet.
The enormous dog lives with the couple and their three children, Francesca, 11, Gloria, four, and two-year-old Tyrion, at their home in Gedling, Nottingham.
‘He is a big dog and we were told from when he was a lot smaller that he was always quite heavy for his age,’ said Vinnie, a self-employed business analyst.
‘He isn’t a fat dog though as you can still see his ribs.
‘We took him to the vets as he has a poorly leg and he needed to be weighed to see how much medication he can take.
‘After he was weighed everyone at the surgery was gobsmacked and we were all just Googling to see if he was actually the world’s heaviest living dog.’
The family’s other dog, Fifi, a 15-year-old Patterdale Terrier, has become a surrogate mother to Balthazar, who joined the family when he was six weeks old.
He eats his way through 15kg of dog food every two weeks – costing his owners £108 each month.
‘He is a calm dog and he mostly likes to just sit around with our cats,’ said Vinnie.
‘They see themselves as a pack and will usually all come out on a walk together.
‘We have three cats, Magic, Buffy and Leo. Buffy and Leo sleeping on either side of him when they go to bed.
‘We have to buy him special dog beds online and he regularly eats them.
‘He lives in the kitchen which thankfully is a big kitchen but it can make a cooking a challenge at times.”
A spokesperson for The Vet Nottingham in Bilborough, where Balthazar was weighed, said: ‘We certainly haven’t ever seen a dog that is as heavy as that here before.’