Meet Freddy the Great Dane! This big boy has officially taken the title of the world’s tallest dog, and as a result, has recently received a Guinness World Records certificate to seal the deal.
Claire Stoneman, Freddy’s owner, always knew that Freddy was going to be taller than other Great Danes, but she had no idea that he would end up growing to be the tallest dog in the world! And like all pet moms, she’s incredibly proud of Freddy and loves him so much, happily accommodating his large stature.
Freddy eats over $120 worth of food a week, including whole roast chickens and, at one point in his life, entire couches (he apparently destroyed 14 sofas when he was just a puppy). He’s also tall enough that he can drink from the kitchen sink.
Since he’s an astonishing 7 feet and 6 inches, Claire knows that Freddy could easily – but without meaning to – ꜰʀɪɢʜᴛᴇɴ the other dogs in her neighborhood. And that is why she makes the sᴀᴄʀɪꜰɪᴄᴇ to take Freddy for his walks very, very early in the morning when no one else is up. “If he wants to run after a dog, I wouldn’t be able to stop him,” his 5′ 4″ owner says, noting that she also doesn’t want other dogs to be ɪɴᴛɪᴍɪᴅᴀᴛᴇᴅ by him.
“I love spending time with them. They’re my life, they’re my babies! They’re my number one priority,” Claire gushes. “Everything I do revolves around the dogs. I haven’t got any children, they are my fur babies. I spoil them in the ways someone might spoil their children.”
And though she would be excited if Freddy were able to outgrow Zeus for the title (“It would be totally amazing and obviously unexpected, considering how he started off his life being so small”) she has other priorities: “As long as he’s healthy, that’s the main thing for me,” she says.
She frequently updates the Facebook page with posts, pictures, videos, and more of what the pups are up to! With this being said, fans of Freddy often share photos of their own dogs on the Facebook page, too! We are more than happy with the dog-loving fest going on.
Sadly, Freddy reportedly ᴅɪᴇᴅ back in January 2021. He lived to be 8.5 years old, and Guinness reported that most Great Danes live to be anywhere between 8 and 10. “He was my life. My reason. My joy. My annoyance,” says owner Claire. “My happiness and my ultimate sadness. He was my heart Dane. My one-in-a-million and loved by the entire world.”
“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.”