Battersea Dogs & Cats home has seen an increase in the number of large dogs coming into its care.\r\n\r\nDogue de Bordeaux numbers \u00a0doubled last year compared to 2014 and breeds such is Akitas and Alaskan Malamutes rising by around 30 percent within the charity's' centres.\r\n\r\nFive of the charity\u2019s chunkiest canines weighing a combined total of 450 pounds are looking for new owners that can handle a whole lot of pooch.\r\n\r\nShyla the Alaskan malamute, Enzo the dogue de Bordeaux, American bulldog Cruz, Kimmy the akita and Bromley the mongrel are together heavier than English rugby prop Kieran Brookes and weigh the same as 800 packs of butter.\r\n\r\nBattersea\u2019s gentle giants are currently looking for homes with the space for a large dog \u2013 which is not always an easy task in London.\r\n\r\nThe charity is reminding potential pet owners that it rehomes animals all over the UK, so if you live in Dorset or Dundee Battersea could still have the right dog for you.\r\n\r\nHead of dog rehoming, Rob Young, said: \u201cNo dog is too big for us at Battersea and we\u2019ll do everything we can to find dogs like Shyla and Cruz loving homes. We try to make their stay with us as comfortable as possible, but it can\u2019t be much fun for a dog as big as Enzo or Bromley to be in a kennel when they\u2019d much rather be sprawled out on the floor of someone\u2019s sitting room.\r\n\r\n"We\u2019re asking people to please think of rehoming a larger breed from us if you have the right home for one.\u201d\r\n\r\nRob continued: \u201cIt\u2019s no secret that larger breeds require a suitable home life to meet their needs. People need to be realistic about the large breed they\u2019re taking on \u2013 they need more space such as a garden to run around in, and owners\u2019 must be responsible and keep their dog under control at all times.\r\n\r\n"Breeds such as mastiffs and malamutes are loving and loyal and we challenge the perception that large breeds aren't family pets. When the right dog is matched with the right owners they certainly can be. We\u2019re encouraging people not to discount them \u2013 the bigger the dog the more love they have to give.\u201d\r\n\r\nFor more information contact 020 7622 3626.