A photographer is launching a new book featuring 100 touching images showing the loving bond between young children and their enormous dogs.
The series of pictures shows breeds such as Great Danes and Newfoundlands towering over toddlers – highlighting their mutual love for each other.
Children no taller than 2ft are seen high-fiving their family pets, running alongside them and even riding their beloved dogs as if they were a horse.
Alice, aged one year seven months, with Great Dane Sean, who weighs 13 stone and is 95cm tall
The extraordinary collection will feature in a book called “Little Kids and Their Big Dogs” – which is all down to the work of photographer Andy Seliverstoff.
Andy, 58, has so far spent four months taking pictures around St. Petersburg, Russia, and hopes to show big dogs are just as friendly as smaller breeds with children.
He said: “It’s very difficult to say if big breeds get a bad name, because all dogs are very different.”
We only took photos with dogs that have a stable mind and good temperament, as these dogs are open to bonding with both people and children.
”I’m just trying to achieve and convey the mutual contact between a child and their dog.”
Dad-of-one Andy, from St. Petersburg, has a five-year-old Brindle Great Dane called “Orchidea MonAmour” – meaning “orchestrate my love” in English.
Best friends stick together: Four-and-a-half year old Gregory puts an arm around Krispy, a Briad who weighs six and a half stone
Who needs a horse?! Certainly not Theodore aged three, who is pictured riding his Newfoundland Ringo, who weighs almost 12 stone
He has long been a lover of larger breeds, and once owned a long-haired St. Bernard over 25 years ago.
Having fallen in love with big dogs, he then travelled the world photographing dog shows.
When friends asked him in the summer to take photographs of their Great Dane with their two-year-old daughter Alice, he met them in a park – and the idea for the book was born.
Harlequin Great Dane Zara poses for a photo in front of Alexandra, two. The dogs weighs over 11 stone and is 82cm tall
This adorable photo shows a Great Dane named Wolf watching over little VseVolod, aged one year and 11 months. The dog weighs 12 and a half stone
Alice was tiny compared to five-year-old “Sean” the Great Dane, who weighed 82kg – or nearly 13 stone.
Andy posted the photos on social media, along with a set he took of Newfoundland “Ringo” and child Theo, who was just three years old – and people loved it.
He said: “They said it was deeply touching and I decided to continue working on the project.”
Ilya, aged two and half, runs alongside Great Dane Shane, who weighs more than 10 stone – plus a Daschund who may have an inferiority complex
Alice with her Great Dane Sean, frolicking together. Andy, 58, has so far spent four months taking pictures around St. Petersburg, Russia, and hopes to show big dogs are just as friendly as smaller breeds with children
”The main priority with these photos wasn’t just to make beautiful pictures, but to also show how children and their big dogs communicate and make contact with each other.”
Some of the photos in the series feature the dog’s owner’s grandchildren, or even children of friends.
Varvara and Vasiisa, aged 3 and 5, with their Black Russian Terrier dogs Kadril, who weighs almost eight stone, and Hobbit, who weighs more than 10 stone
The largest dog he photographed was five-year-old long-haired St. Bernard “Misha”, who weighed in a staggering 98kg – or over 15 stone.
Andy was able to take a picture of him sitting still while little Matthew, who is not even two yet, gently patted his face.