World’s tallest dog dies as heartbroken Brit family pay tribute to 7ft 5in giant

The tallest living male dog in the world has passed away at the age of eight.

Freddy, who towered at 7ft 5inches tall on his back legs, found international fame when he was awarded the title by the Guinness World Records in 2016.

The adored pet, who lived with his owner Claire Stoneman in Essex, was the runt of the litter when he was born, before growing to his huge size.

She said: “He was not just the tallest dog but the dog with the most love and biggest heart.

“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 threw him a birthday party complete with bunting, balloons and cakes in her back garden.

The Great Dane was officially measured by Guinness World Records, which does not measure dogs on their hind legs, at 3ft 4in.

Meeting his dietary needs, which included kibble, minced beef, roast chicken and treats, set Claire back £500 per month.

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!

“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 tallest dog ever recorded by Guinness World Records on four legs was Zeus from Otsego, Michigan, US, who stood at 3ft 6ins in 2011.