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Huge pup's a big draw at Ulster animal shelter..

Byline: CHRIS KILPATRICK

ANIMAL rescuers are scratching their heads after welcoming the biggest puppy in their 46-year history.

Butterball is just 11 weeks old but already weighs 7kg - more than twice that of his brothers and sisters.

He was brought to Dogs Trust in Ballymena, Co Antrim, after being found abandoned in a field with the rest of the litter over the Christmas period.

Experts at the charity believe Butterball and his siblings Rosebud and Mudbud are Rottweiler cross Border Collies.

However, the pooch is double the size he would normally be and towers over the other equally gorgeous but diminutive pups.

Centre manager Sarah Park said: "He's a gigantic ball of fluff who is just ginormous compared to his siblings.

1970 Dogs Trust shelter.. Ballymena, Co Antrim, its doors "He's such a wonderful dog.

""He's super friendly and fun. "He does throw his weight around from time to time and lets all the other puppies know who is boss. But he loves to please and as you can probably tell he loves his food."

While being incredibly fluffy and chubby, Butterball's big bones are not related to a medical condition.

Dogs Trust vet Ariel Brunn said: "He may have inherited more of the Rottie genes from his parents."

Butterball has already found his new home but there are plenty of dogs at the shelter - not quite his size - still looking for owners.

If you're interested contact the Rehoming Centre on 0300 303 0292.

1970 Year Dogs Trust shelter in Ballymena, Co Antrim, opened its doors

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SUPER-SIZED Butterball can throw his weight around

i'm the top dog Butterball, right, and one of his siblings

LONG STORY Dogs Trust staff compare pups

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
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Date:Jan 20, 2016
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