'My 6ft dog is so big people ask me if it's a lion'
A dog-owner has told how his oversized pet is so big it has been mistaken for animals pony and a lion.
Jamal Miah adopted Kenzo, a central Asian shepherd, after a friend gave him up because he had grown too big.
Three-year-old Kenzo is six-feet tall when he stands on his hind legs, and weighs 85 kilos - the average weight of a male adult in the UK.
Miah says that passers-by are often shocked when they see Kenzo, and many cross the street to avoid him.
Caring for Kenzo comes at a cost. He eats five pounds of raw meat a day and Miah spends £1,200-a-year on food for him.
Miah, from East London, said: "We saw him and said 'oh my god'. He's so big and he's just a puppy.
"It's 50/50. Some people are scared and cross the street when they see him, and others just want to stroke and pet him.
"People will question me, like; 'what is this dog'? They'll say 'what is that'? 'Is that a pony'? 'Is it a lion'?
"My daughters were scared of him initially because of his size. But after a few walks they got used to him. He knows they're my daughters, so he's their natural protector now."
Miah has had Kenzo for two years and has had to fool-proof his home to accommodate the huge dog.
He had to install iron gates to keep him from crashing through a fence in the back garden.
Miah also had to hire a professional dog trainer to condition him into accepting going inside.
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So far, he thinks he has spent about £10,000 caring for Kenzo, including food, training, and general maintenance.
Miah, the founder of youth development program OMG Education, said: "A central Asian shepherd is not a dog for the beginner dog owner.
"They are naturally outdoor dogs, and they're meant to be outside.
"I wanted him to be a friendly family dog, and to break the stigma around big dogs like him."
But despite his size, Miah said Kenzo is "really friendly with dogs and people he knows" and the two have "a really good bond together".