‘Britain’s Biggest Dog’ Shuns Media Spotlight

Owner says Samson, a 266-pound mixed breed dubbed "Britain’s Biggest Dog,” just wants the "quiet life.”

Posted: August 2, 2007, 5 a.m. EST

Media stardom has its drawbacks – just ask Britney Spears or Lindsey Lohan.

But for “Britain’s Biggest Dog,” 3-year-old Great Dane-Newfoundland mix Samson, the media spotlight has been particularly unsettling.

Samson became an unlikely star when a well-meaning acquaintance of owners Julie and Ray Wood contacted the media about the 266-pound dog, who stands 6 feet 5 inches on his hind legs and has a 59-inch chest.

Julie Wood told London’s Daily Mail that Samson has been “very unsettled” by the media attention and that she and her husband have decided to refuse any more photographs or filming.

“He’s a very placid, laid-back dog and I don’t think he liked being ordered about – he just likes the quiet life,” she says. “He really is a gentle giant and he has the kind of nature that means you can’t help but love him,” she says.

Samson’s vet says the dog is not overweight – just large, Wood says. “Because we live with him, we didn’t really see that he was growing so much. But people kept saying he was getting larger and larger.”


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Cindy   Laurens, SC

8/26/2008 2:56:36 PM

My husband wishes he had the documentation from his vet re: his 250lb Great Dane called JEZABEL. She lived to be 8 years ago. Richards family surprised him upon his arrival back from Vietnam with a huge Great Dane puppy. (back in 1969) This Philadelphia PA puppy grew into this huge 250 lb dog that would put his paws up on Richards dad and stood way over a foot above his 6 ft 2 inch dad.

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Jay   RSM, CA

8/2/2007 8:32:06 AM

Would have been nice to have seen a picture.

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