Owner pays tribute to Guinness World Record holder Freddy the 7ft 5in Great Dane who died at home | Daily Mail Online

A Great Dane who found international fame when he was named the tallest living male dog in the world has died at the age of eight.

Gentle giant Freddy, who stood at over 7ft tall on his back legs, became a superstar when he landed the gong from Guinness World Records in 2016.

The beloved pet, who was the runt of the litter when he was born before growing to his massive size, spent his life with owner Claire Stoneman from Essex.

She said of the 15-stone animal: “He was not just the tallest dog but the dog with the most love and the biggest heart.

Freddy the Great Dane, pictured at his eighth birthday party last year with owner Claire Stoneman and friend Erin, seven, has died

“He was my life. My reason. My joy. My annoyance. My happiness and my ultimate sadness. He was my heart Dane. My one in a million and loved by the entire world.”

“As a puppy, he was the runt of the litter. I actually got him a couple of weeks earlier than I should have, as he wasn’t feeding off [his] mum.

“I had no idea he was going to get this big at all.”

Last year she arranged a party complete with bunting, balloons and cakes in the garden of her home for her pet to celebrate his birthday.

Freddy was officially measured at 3 ft 4in as Guinness World Records does not measure dogs on their hind legs.

Freddy was the Guinness World Record holder for oldest living male dog at 3ft 4ins as the company does not count standing on hind legs 

His monthly food bill, which consisted of kibble, minced beef, roast chicken and treats had set Claire back £500.

Editor-in-Chief Craig Glenday said: “Freddy was such a gentle giant, and it was always a pleasure to see him bounding towards you.

‘Measuring this mountain of a dog was an unforgettable – if challenging – experience and I’ll always treasure the couple of occasions I got to share a sofa with him – there was just about enough room for the two of us!

Owner Claire Stone praised the beloved animal as her ‘one in a million’ following his death at the age of eight

“I still can barely believe that he was the runt of the litter. Freddy brought a smile to everyone’s face and will be missed by everyone at Guinness World Records.

‘I’m just pleased that we got the chance to celebrate his record-breaking immensity in the books and share his story with millions of people around the world.

‘RIP, Freddy.”

The Guinness World Records title holder for tallest dog ever was Zeus from Otsego, Michigan, USA who measured 3ft 6ins in 2011.

Owner pays tribute to Guinness World Record holder Freddy the 7ft 5in Great Dane who died at home

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