A friendly giant! Woman, 21, has 6ft 2ins Great Dane

A friendly giant! Woman, 21, has 6ft 2ins Great Dane who weighs 10 stone and dwarfs her 5ft 4ins frame – but he is ‘scared of his own shadow’

  • Alice Banister, 21, says her dog Wellington is an ‘oversized, lovable goofball’
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A woman’s Great Dane is so huge he has to wear horse jackets to go out on rainy walks – but he’s ‘scared of his own shadow’.

Wellington, two, is around 6ft 2ins, weighs 10 stone and is almost a foot taller than his owner Alice Banister, 21, from the Peak District.

Despite all this, the mammoth pup can still fit in her small Toyota Aygo.

Ms Banister says Wellington is ‘an oversized, loveable goofball’, but he often doesn’t realise his own size and attempts to sit on her lap.

She said: ‘He’s scared of his own shadow, doesn’t know his size and is extremely smart for a Great Dane.

Wellington, two, is around 6ft 2ins, weighs 10 stone and is almost a foot taller than his owner Alice Banister, 21, from the Peak District

‘I’ve had spaniels all my life so it was definitely a bit of a change but he more dog there is the more dog there is to love!

‘He really is the centre point of the family. In the past, our spaniels would fit into our busy schedule happily, but now we fit into his.

‘I am roughly 5″4, and about eight stone and last time we went to the vets he was too scared to go on the scales but we think he is about 10 stone, and around 6″2 on his back legs at full height – he is taller than my boyfriend who is six foot.

‘One of my favourite things about Wellington is how you can read him like a book. He’s the most expressive dog I’ve ever known, and if he isn’t happy about something you can see it in his face.

‘I also love his inability to realise he is not a small dog and to still want to sit on laps, squeeze into small places and get stuck, interrupt zoom meetings with his enormous head and play with small dogs, even if he does accidentally crush them.’

Ms Banister says Wellington is ‘an oversized, loveable goofball’, but he often doesn’t realise his own size and attempts to sit on her lap

Despite all this, the mammoth pup can still fit in Ms Banister’s small Toyota Aygo

As much as Ms Banister adores her lovable giant, owning Wellington does come with some challenges – one of not being able to find dog coats big enough

Pictured: Wellington when he was a puppy, before reaching his mammoth size

As much as Ms Banister adores her lovable giant, owning Wellington does come with some challenges – one of not being able to find dog coats big enough.

She explains: ‘He is heavier than me so he has to wear a head-collar as he could pull me over if he wanted to – and has done before, and he’s also worn a pony coat and foal head-collar as we were struggling to find any large enough so we are well used to saddle horse comments.

‘There are lots of challenges that come with owning a giant dog – we may as well have painted our walls grey as we are constantly wiping drool from the walls and even ceilings.

‘Although he is huge, he is a bit of a wimp, and is scared of lots of random things such as bin bags, the postman, fizzy drinks making a noise, card machines that beep, anyone wearing hi-vis and loud noises and we can no longer lift him into the bath so we have to hose him down in the garden, but the water must be warm.

‘He has an emotional support teddy which he will find and chew on if he is worried and he won’t go out if it’s too windy or rainy and we have to drag him out for a wee.’

‘He has an emotional support teddy which he will find and chew on if he is worried and he won’t go out if it’s too windy or rainy and we have to drag him out for a wee’

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