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Thursday, 25 February 2016 - 14:38
Kurt: the 7ft tall Anatolian Shepherd dog is such a 'cuddle monster'
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The owner of a 7ft tall hound thinks he may have grown into one of as Britain's biggest dogs since she rescued him as a puppy.

A former stray, Kurt, the Anatolian Shepherd reaches 7ft when he stands on his back legs and weighs 11st.

His owner, Tracey Buckingham, 42, from Chatham, Kent spends £120 a month to feed his enormous appetite but says he is a "a big cuddle monster" who loves attention.

Kurt's dinner seen by an International media team has consisted of tripe, beef chunks, chicken hearts and ribs - served on a tray because it won't fit in a bowl.

The Anatolian Shepherd Dog is a native of Turkey, where the breed was developed as a shepherd's companion and livestock guardian and are bred to resemble the size and color of the livestock he defended so predators would not detect him among the flock.

Sometimes called the Anatolian Karabash Dog, they are fiercely loyal guard dog and a large, impressive dog breed, weighing 120 to 150 pounds at maturity but Kurt has massively exceeded his breed's general measurements.
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