Mum’s clip of baby girl cuddling giant Rottweiler goes viral

A baby girl cuddles the family Rottweiler in a video posted on Instagram by her mother (Picture: @vanessa___fernandes__ )
A baby girl cuddles the family Rottweiler in a video posted on Instagram by her mother (Picture: @vanessa___fernandes__ )
A mum has spoken of her surprise after a video of her baby girl cuddling the family’s giant Rottweiler went viral. Vanessa Fernandes’s clip of eight-month-old Olivia with her ‘big brother’ Hammer has racked up more than 110,000 views on Instagram. After Olivia was filmed giving her faithful companion a hug, the gentle giant responding by giving her a paw and a lick on the face. Vanessa dispelled any notion that two-year-old Hammer belongs to a dangerous breed, pointing out his protective and caring personality.

‘He’s really friendly, he’s like another member of the family, not like the image of an aggressive dog at all, and he has a protective instinct,’ she said.

‘I’ve never been worried about him being around my daughter, they have playtime together and they absolutely love it.

Hammer is like a big brother to Olivia. He’s always there for her.’
Baby girl cuddles rottweiler in viral Instagram post Picture: vanessa___fernandes__ metrograb
Olivia cuddles Rottweiler Hammer in a viral Instagram post (Picture: vanessa___fernandes__)
Vanessa, 22, who lives with husband Jordan DeSouza in Swindon, Wiltshire, set the clip to James Arthur’s ‘Say You Won’t Let Go’.

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She added that she never expected the post to go viral, saying: ‘I post on Instagram every other day but this one took off.

Rottweiler Hammer is like a 'big brother' to baby Olivia at their home in Swindon  tPicture: vanessa___fernandes__ metrograb
Caption: Baby girl cuddles rottweiler in viral Instagram post (Picture: vanessa___fernandes__ )

‘My husband was cleaning up the place and not letting Hammer go near Olivia so she was crying and getting all cranky, then finally when we let them play and they got really close and started cuddling.

‘People loved seeing the way they have bonded together.’

The PDSA vetinary charity says Rottweilers are ‘loyal dogs, naturally protective and can fit in well with family life if well trained and kept occupied’.

Watch the clip here

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