By: Mariah Wirihana/Shareably Typically, when we think of giant dogs, Great Danes come to mind. We’ve all seen one before and quietly thought to ourselves – that is an enormous dog. Their incredible size is truly something to behold.
Freddy is a great dane from Essex, England and he is no exception. Freddy officially stands at 7 feet 6 inches tall and is the tallest dog in the world.
When Freddy’s mom Claire Stoneman brought Freddy home, she knew he was going to grow into a big dog – as most great danes do. She knew that the average great dane male can weigh up to 190 pounds and stand at about 33 inches tall. What she didn’t know, was that he’d soon grow to far surpass those measurements.
Freddy is over two feet taller than Claire when he stands on his hind legs and he weighs in at over 200 pounds.
Last year he was officially recognized as the worlds largest dog by the Guinness World Records.
While most owners might be put off by his enormous size, Claire says she has nothing but love for her giant fur-baby.
Freddy lives with Claire, her children, and his Great Dane sister, Fluer.
Together, Freddy and Fluer consume an unimaginable amount of food to keep them happy and healthy. Their favorite snacks are said to include roast chicken and peanut butter on toast.
Claire says her grocery bills frequently cost over $15,000 a year alone. Destroyed furniture and other broken household items add thousands more to Freddy’s expenses tally.
“I’d come home and find a sea of foam across the floor. But he’s my baby and I can’t imagine life without him,” said Claire.
Claire’s days now consist of long walks and super sized meal prep for her two fur-babies.
The walks typically take about 40 minutes and they have to leave early in the morning to avoid run-ins with smaller dogs who may be intimidated by his size. It’s also a safety measure as Claire would not be able to physically restrain him if something were to go wrong.
Claire doesn’t believe that this would ever happen, especially now that he is getting a bit older, he has calmed down quite a bit and prefers to be at home cuddling with his family.