A man’s dog is so big that people cross the road when they see him and often think he’s a pony or even a lion.
Jamal Miah adopted Kenzo, a three year old Central Asian Shepherd, after a friend gave him up because the dog had become too big a couple of years ago.
Human-sized Kenzo is six feet tall when he stands on his hind legs and weighs 85 kilos – the average weight of a fully grown man.
Jamal, 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.’
Caring for the big boy comes at a cost though – Kenzo eats five pounds of raw meat a day. In total, Jamal spends £1,200-a-year on food for him.
Jamal has also had to invest in adapting his home to accommodate the big dog.
But Kenzo is still no match for Britain’s biggest dog, a Blue Great Dane that’s 7ft tall.
Jamal has installed iron gates to keep Kenzo from crashing through his fence in his back garden.
He even hired a professional dog trainer to teach him to accept going inside.
So far, Jamal thinks he has spent about £10,000 caring for his dog including food, training, and general maintenance.
He 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.’
Jamal said Kenzo is actually ‘really friendly with dogs and people he knows’ and the two have ‘a really good bond together’.
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