BARCELONA star Lionel Messi has welcomed a new addition to his family – a rare apricot toy poodle at the opposite end of the size scale to his other dog.
Wife Antonela Roccuzzo showed Abu off on social media, sat on five-year-old son Mateo’s lap, as her footballer husband celebrated Argentina’s 2-1 Copa America win against Bolivia on the other side of the Atlantic.
It was not immediately clear if Messi has already met the new pet in the family or will greet it for the first time when he gets back home.
But what is clear is that whatever size Abu reaches, he’s never going to get anywhere near as big as the footballer’s French mastiff, Hulk, which was once an adorable puppy before it grew almost as big as his kids.
Antonela gifted the 33-year-old their first dog in 2016 and two years later it showed off its size and strength as Messi was filmed teasing him with his dribbling skills in a video which went viral.
And the pretty brunette was the one to reveal their latest acquisition with the photo of Abu and Mateo.
Toy poodles grow no more than 10 inches tall from the shoulder and weigh four to six pounds.
They are regarded as high-maintenance dogs which require regular grooming to keep their coat in good condition.
By contrast Hulk, one of the oldest French dog breeds also known as a Dogue de Bordeaux, is around 25 inches high and is thought to weigh just over 100 pounds or seven stone.
Keeping dogs as pets and for security is an important part of celebrity lifestyle and Argentine footballer Lionel Messi is not left out. What breed is Messi’s dog and what’s its name?
Celebrities across different sports and even outside of sport are known to have dogs as pets, clearly walking in the path of the statement “dog is mans best friend.” The dogs are kept for varying purposes, mainly as a pet and for security. For Lionel Messi his dogis a mix of both which makes it very special and popular.
Messi bought the dog in 2016 and introduced it on Instagram, uploading a picture of him and the dog and captioning it “a new member of the family.” Later in 2018, Messis wife Antonella shared a picture of the grown 2year old dog.
What is Messi’s dog’s name and breed?
Lionel Messis dog Hulk or sometimes Señor Hulk as hes fondly called is a giant creature and he is the closest pal of the best footballer in the world. When you hear “Hulk” the first thing that will come to your mind is “Huge” ” Big” “Strength” yes you are not wrong because those are the attributes of a Dogue de Bordeaux. Also known as a Bordeaux Mastiff or French Mastiff .
Messis dog belongs to this breed of dog and thats why hes named Hulk or (Senor Hulk). He is a huge dark brown French mastiff. The French mastiff is said to be the most ancient French Dog breed. The dog may look like a menace or fearful due to its size and shape with drooling jaws but there is more to this breed of dogs. They are said to be real sweethearts by their owners, they are very loyal, compassionate, calm and dependable. And they can protect their people when the need calls for it,they will do their best to protect them from danger.
French Mastiffs: their size, lifespan, and cost
French Mastiffs were previously used as guard dogs but were also involved in pulling cargo. They have a very distinct coat, with a fawn color.
Hulk is now five years old and is living a healthy life. However, French Mastiffs statistically have a lifespan of 5 to 8 years. Several dogs do make it past that age, most notably the acting dog who played Hooch in the 1989 film, Turner and Hooch, made it to the age of 14.
An average male French Mastiff grows to 24 inches and weighs at least 110 pounds. The puppies can cost around $2000 dollars on average in the USA.
French Mastiffs are also incredibly adaptable, and hence Hulk must be enjoying his time in France.
What breed is Ronaldo’s dog?
The Portuguese superstar has three dogs: a gorgeous Golden Labrador named Bobby Moore, another Labrador called Marosca and a Yorkshire Terrier named Abelhinha.
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