A shelter welcomes a dog that weighs the same as an elephant

A dog that weighed the same as a baby elephant has found its forever home, an animal welfare charity has said.

Galahad, a four-year-old 100kg mastiff, was the ‘biggest’ dog ever cared for at the Dog’s Trust Canterbury Rehoming Centre.

He was the subject of a call from the charity, desperate to find him a home, and has now been living with his new owners, the Dimmock family, for three weeks.

Colin Dimmock said: “He’s fantastic – he sits down, gives you his paw, he gets up and gives you a kiss, he’s met cyclists, tractors, cars, other dogs, and he’s brilliant with our son Matthew, 15, who has autism and loves everything about Galahad except the drool.

Galahad likes to chase the garden hose in hot weather and sleeps on the family’s three-seater sofa in the living room at night.

“He snores so loudly we can hear him from our bedroom,” Mr Dimmock said.

“One thing he does that’s really funny is he walks along the sofa, lifts his butt on it and sits there with his front feet on the floor.

“He has a brilliant character, he is absolutely brilliant.”

He added: “He is just starting to play tugboat. He’ll chase a soccer ball around the garden and once he pops it, he’ll bring it back. We haven’t found a toy he can’t destroy yet, usually they last about a day!

Galahad at the Dog’s Trust (Dogs Trust/PA)

Galahad is the fourth big dog the family has adopted.

Harriet Blaskett, director of the Dogs Trust Canterbury Rehoming Centre, said: “Galahad was by far the biggest dog we have ever had in Canterbury.

“He had several previous homes, so it was very important that we had the right things for him.

“We had a huge response to our call, and we couldn’t be more thrilled with how well he’s settled in with his big-hearted new owners, they’re a match made in big dog heaven.”

Old English Mastiffs are recognized by Guinness World Records as the heaviest dog breed. An Old English Mastiff named Zorba set the record for the heaviest dog in 1987, weighing 142 kg (22 stone and 3 pounds).