At seven-foot long and weighing the same as a baby elephant, there’s no doubt that Balthazar is larger than average.
But a recent trip to the vets might have just confirmed the 3ft 3in tall Blue Great Dane as the biggest dog in Britain.
His huge size sees the 15 stone dog eat 30kg of food a month, setting his owners back more than £100.
He lives with Vinnie, 46, and Dixie Monte-Irvine, 39, and their three children Francesca, 11, Gloria, four, and two-year-old Tyrion at their detached home in Gedling, Nottingham.
And they were shocked to find on a trip to the vets this week that he weighed a huge 15st 6lb – three stone heavier than the world’s tallest dog.
Vinnie Monte-Irvine, 46 and Frankie Monte-Burchell, 11, of Nottingham with their giant dog Balthazar (Picture: SWNS)
The gigantic Great Dane lives with Vinnie and Dixie and their three children in Gedling, Nottingham. (Picture: SWNS)
The Blue Great Dane measures a whopping 3ft 3in (1m) from his paw to his shoulder but is 7ft (2.1m) from his nose to his tail. (Picture; SWNS)
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.
‘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, 15-year-old Patterdale Terrier Fifi, has become a surrogate mum to Balthazar who the family got when he was just six-weeks-old.
Despite his size Vinnie said Balthazar is a gentle giant who likes to play with their children and is best friends with the family’s three pet cats.
Five-year-old Balthazar stunned his owners when he tipped the scales at more than 15 stone (Picture: SWNS)
He added: ‘He is a calm dog and he mostly likes to just sit around with our cats.
‘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.’
The Guinness World Records don’t keep a record for the heaviest dog due to animal welfare reasons.
But last summer a three-year-old Great Dane called Major was in the running to be crowned the world’s tallest dog.
The giant dog, who lives with owners Brian and Julie Williams in Penmaen near Swansea, South Wales, stands at a whopping eight-feet tall on his hind legs.
But he only weighs 12 stone which is three stone less than Balthazar.