Moment 12-stone 'lap dog' Larry leaps on top of his owner for cuddles

Great Dane-ger! Moment 12-stone ‘lap dog’ Larry leaps on top of his owner for cuddles

  • Beth Kempen, 38, captured three-year-old Larry jumping onto husband Ken 
  • It was posted on the dog’s 103,000-follower Instagram page on November 11 
  • The video has been viewed 1.6m times and Larry has caused £2000 of damage

A 12-stone Great Dane who ‘thinks he’s a lapdog’ keeps wrecking the furniture by leaping on it for cuddles with its owners.

Hilarious footage shows three-year-old Larry the dog trying to squeeze his 6ft frame on the laps of his owners, the Kempen family, who live in Combined Locks in Outagamie County, Wisconsin.

So far his antics have cost them more than £2,000 after they had to replace three recliners.

A 12-stone Great Dane who ‘thinks he’s a lapdog’ keeps wrecking the furniture by leaping on it for cuddles with its owners in Outagamie County, Wisconsin

The video shows dad-of-three Ken Kempen, 40, relaxing on the sofa until troublesome three-year-old Larry launches himself onto his lap 

Posted on the dog’s 103,000-follower Instagram page on November 11, the video shows dad-of-three Ken Kempen, 40, relaxing on the sofa until troublesome three-year-old Larry launches himself onto his lap.

Ken shouts ‘oh s***’ before the Great Dane calmly stretches out to watch the TV. 

More footage shows Larry carelessly springing from the audibly pained dad and the final clip features one of his daughters with Larry.  

Footage of Larry jumping on Ken has been liked more than 1.6million times.

One user commented: ‘This is the cutest! That looked painful though. Big dog who thinks he’s tiny.’ 

Another said: ‘Oh Larry. They say Danes are gentle giants… not jumping rabbits.’ 

Beth and Ken live with their children Madalynn Kempen, 12, Colin Kempen, 16, and their 16-year-old yorkie Harley, while their third child John Kempen, 20, moved out earlier this year

Beth Kempen, 38, and Ken live with their children Madalynn Kempen, 12, Colin Kempen, 16, and their 16-year-old yorkie Harley, while their third child John Kempen, 20, moved out earlier this year. 

The family started the Instagram page to watch Larry grow and within three months he was triple his size and is now bigger than 6ft Ken when he stands on his hind legs. 

His owners have forked out more than £2,000 after he broke foot stools, back rests and arms of three recliners. 

They had to spend £1,000 on a ‘Larry-proof’ sofa capable of dealing with his antics.  

The dog is so tall he can help himself to food from the top shelf of the fridge and even enjoys his own room in their house complete with a double bed.  

Larry jumps to cuddle all of the family and they complain that the Great Dane leaves them with bruises.

Larry has become a viral sensation over the past couple of years, with fans loving to watch his ‘cute’ lap dog-like mannerisms and laugh along with his family’s reactions.

Beth said: ‘I knew Great Danes were big, but it’s a different reality when you’re living with a dog this big. Sometimes we’ll fight it but when he wants to jump, he jumps.

‘You never know when he’s going to do it and he’ll never take no for an answer. He’ll do it to all of the family because if it’s a lap he’ll sit on it. He’s got to be one of the biggest lap dogs in the world.

‘Every night he’ll block the TV. Ken will push him off his lap but then he’ll jump right in. 

The family started the Instagram page to watch Larry grow and within three months he was triple his size and is now bigger than 6ft Ken when he stands on his hind legs

The dog is so tall he can help himself to food from the top shelf of the fridge and even enjoys his own room in their house complete with a double bed

‘He knows that he’s bigger so Ken has to give in. The jump is worse in the end because you get bruises.

‘My daughter can’t just push him off so she gets stuck there. He can be a little gassy too, so that’s not nice when you get stuck under him. She has to call for help.

‘She’ll be doing her homework and Larry will just lie on top of her. We put up with it pretty well. In hindsight we probably wouldn’t have held him the first four months of his life.

‘Ken always wanted a bigger dog, so we bought Larry as a puppy and we thought we needed to hold him all the time because he was going to get so big that we wouldn’t be able to.

His owners have forked out more than £2,000 after he broke foot stools, back rests and arms of three recliners

They had to spend £1,000 on a ‘Larry-proof’ sofa capable of dealing with his antics

‘That kind of blew up in our faces because now he needs to be held all of the time. He got used to the affection when he was younger. It was a mistake – now he’s 12st.

‘This recliner is our fourth in three years. We’ve had recliners pretty much fall apart because of Larry adding his body weight on top of whoever’s sitting there. The chairs just can’t hold that.

‘On one, the back broke so it wouldn’t sit up straight anymore, the foot stool on one got all mangled so it couldn’t go up and down, and the first one we had a long time before Larry but he buckled the arm out.

‘We spent £1,000 on the last one because they said it would last, but we’ll see. We told them we needed something with a good warranty and they laughed at us.

‘It annoyed us at the time, but we blame ourselves. People say if they had a dog this size they’d stop him, but there’s not much you can do to stop him jumping across the room.

‘Despite everything we’ve made some truly amazing friends through our page and we love Larry so much. We wouldn’t have it any other way.’  

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