Rescue centre rehomes ‘soppy giant’ mastiff who weighs nearly 10 STONE

That’s one BIG dog house! Rescue centre rehomes six-year-old ‘soppy giant’ Boerboel called Chunkie who has 30-inch neck and weighs nearly 10 STONE

  • Dog’s Trust has rehomed one of its largest ever dogs – a rare South African breed known as the Boerboel
  • South African Mastiff Chunkie, who weighs nine-and-a-half stone, arrived at home through no fault of his own
  • Charity had to get him a special collar because they didn’t stock one to fit his massive 30-inch neck
  • The Boerboel, which can weigh up to 90kg, was bred as a guard dog in South Africa, with farmers and companies using them to protect their land and livestock from predators like lions and leopards 

A rescue centre has rehomed one of its largest ever dogs – a rare South African breed which weighs the same as a rhino calf.

Chunkie is a six-year-old Boerboel, also known as a South African Mastiff, who arrived at Dogs Trust through no fault of his own.

The dog, described as a ‘soppy giant’, weighs a whopping 60kg (nine-and-a-half stone) but despite his size, the well-behaved dog is easy to walk.

A rescue centre has rehomed one of its largest ever dogs – a rare South African breed which weighs the same as a rhino calf. Chunkie, pictured with canine carer Nikki Roberts,  is a six-year-old Boerboel with a surprisingly gentle disposition


The breed is also known as the South African Mastiff. Chunkie arrived at Dogs Trust through no fault of his own. It is just the third time Dogs Trust, which cares for 15,000 animals a year, has rescued a Boerboel

And when Dogs Trust took Chunkie on, they had to get a special collar because they didn’t stock one to fit his 30-inch neck, which is almost twice the size of the average human’s.

Chunkie is an affectionate dog who leans on you if you stop stroking or scratching him.


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It is just the third time Dogs Trust, which cares for 15,000 animals a year, has rescued a Boerboel – and there was no shortage of interest in him.

He has been rehomed by Joshua McKnight from Hampshire.

The dog, described as a ‘soppy giant’, weighs a whopping 60kg (nine-and-a-half stone) but despite his size, the well-behaved pet is easy to walk – and has already found a new home

Dog’s Trust say Chunkie is an affectionate dog who leans on you if you attempt to stop stroking or scratching him

Richard Moore, Dogs Trust West London’s rehoming centre manager, said: ‘Chunkie is one of the biggest residents we’ve had for a very long time.

‘He came to us through no fault of his own. I’m delighted that Joshua had a heart as big as Chunkie himself and decided to adopt him.’

Joshua added: ‘Of course the first thing you notice about Chunkie is his size.

‘But after a few meets with him we soon realised he had an equally large personality to go with it. We’ve really fallen for him and can’t wait to take him home.’

The Boerboel, which can weigh up to 90kg, was bred as a guard dog in South Africa, with farmers and companies using them to protect their land and livestock from predators like lions and leopards.

The Boerboel UK Society describe the breed as as confident, intelligent, loyal and a good companion while being the only working mastiff in the world that is bred to guard and protect.


The Boerboel UK Society describe the breed as as confident, intelligent, loyal and a good companion while being the only working mastiff in the world that is bred to guard and protect

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