Mark Burnett, the uber-producer behind such shows as Survivor
and The Celebrity Apprentice
, often leads a larger-than-life existence. And wife Roma Downey, the former star of Touched by An Angel
, has often acknowledged the influence of her Celtic roots. It makes sense, then, that the two beloved dogs who share their Malibu home with their three children are very big – but sweet – Irish wolfhounds, Finn, 3, and Max, 1.
"He's called Maximus because the two boys, [sons] James and Cameron, out-voted [daughter] Reilly because of the movie Gladiator
!" Burnett tells PEOPLE Pets about one of his beloved pups. But the mellow dogs are anything but warrior-like. "You don't want dogs around where your guests feel like they are about to get bitten or something – we've all been in those places," adds Burnett. "[Finn and Max] are calm and non-threatening."
Yet Burnett has no illusions that he's the master of the house when it comes to his pooches. That honor goes to the lady of the manor – his wife. "They love her," he says of the dogs' devotion to Downey. "They follow her around everywhere."See more celebrities on PEOPLE Pets:EXCLUSIVE VIDEO! Meet Kellie Pickler's Animal 'Kids'!EXCLUSIVE! Nia Vardalos: My Dog Helped Me Lose Weight