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Freddy, the beloved Great Dane who held the record as the world’s tallest dog, has died at the age of 8, Guinness World Records announced.
The gentle giant — who towered at almost 7 feet, 6 inches standing on his hind legs — became an international sensation when his record was announced in 2016.
When measured by a vet and GWR from foot to withers, the highest point on his shoulder blades, he measured 3 feet, 4 inches – giving him the official record.
“He was not just the tallest dog but the dog with the most love and the biggest heart. A total soppy bugger who was hand-fed,” Freddy’s devastated owner Claire Stoneman said.
“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,” the resident of Essex, UK, added.
“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,” she told GWR. “I had no idea he was going to get this big at all.”
GWR Editor-in-Chief Craig Glenday also remembered the beloved pooch.
“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!” he said.
“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 every 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,” Glenday said.
“RIP, Freddy,” he added.
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