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People Often Mistake This Dog For A Pony Or A Lion

Kenzo, a Central Asian Shepherd, was given up by a friend because he had grown too big, and Jamal Miah took him in.

A man’s dog is so big that people cross the road when they see him and often mistake him – for a pony or a lion.

Jamal Miah adopted Kenzo, a Central Asian Shepherd, after a friend gave him up because the pooch had become too big.

Kenzo, three, is six feet tall when he stands on his hind legs, and weighs a whopping 85 kilos (187 pounds) – the average weight of a fully grown man.

Passers-by are often shocked when they see Kenzo with many crossing the street to avoid walking past the huge dog.

Caring for Kenzo comes at a cost. The big dog eats five pounds of raw meat a day. In total, Jamal spends £1,200 ($1,472)-a-year on food for Kenzo.

Jamal, from East London, said: “We saw him and said ‘oh my god.’ He’s so big and he’s just a puppy.

“It’s 50/50. Some people are scared and cross the street when they see him, and others just want to stroke and pet him.

“People will question me, like; ‘what is this dog?’ They’ll say ‘what is that’? ‘Is that a pony’? ‘Is it a lion?’

“My daughters were scared of him initially because of his size. But after a few walks they got used to him. He knows they’re my daughters, so he’s their natural protector now.”

Jamal has had Kenzo for a couple years now and has had to fool-proof his home to accommodate the big dog.

Jamal Miah with Kenzo, a Central Asian shepherd dog. TONY KERSHAW/SWNS

He had to install iron gates to keep him from crashing through his fence in his back garden.

Jamal also had to hire a professional dog trainer to condition him to accept going inside.

So far, Jamal thinks he has spent about £10,000 ($12,267) caring for his dog, including food, training, and general maintenance.

Jamal, the founder of youth development program OMG Education, said: “A central Asian shepherd is not a dog for the beginner dog owner.

“They are naturally outdoor dogs, and they’re meant to be outside.

“I wanted him to be a friendly family dog, and to break the stigma around big dogs like him.”

But despite his size, Jamal said Kenzo is “really friendly with dogs and people he knows” and the two have “a really good bond together.”

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