The world’s tallest dog has celebrated turning EIGHT – which could make him the world’s oldest current living Great Dane.
Enormous Freddy, who stands at over 7ft tall on his back legs, turned eight last month.
And it’s believed he could be the oldest Great Dane currently alive – as no record of any Dane older than him can be found.
Owner Claire Stoneman, from Weeting, Norfolk, threw pooch Freddie a birthday bash to celebrate his big day on May 17 – attended by the hound’s best friend, Claire’s seven-year-old neighbour Erin Manley.
Freddy, who is 15st – celebrated his birthday alongside his sister, Fleur, who comes from the same litter – but crucially is minutes younger than Freddy.
He takes first place as the world’s tallest dog in the Guinness World Records and has been officially measured at 1.035 metres tall to his back.
Guinness World Records has now confirmed they have no current record holder for the title of oldest Great Dane – meaning Freddy could be the tallest AND oldest one of the breed.
Claire said: “Freddy and Fleur had a great birthday party and they both had the best time. We decorated the garden and they got loads of their favourite treats and cuddly toys.
“I tend to take them out for a walk early in the morning so we don’t get smothered by people. Everyone is always shocked by their size and some people are intimidated, they say it’s like I’m walking a horse down the street!
“They have their normal kibble with minced beef in the morning, roast chicken with kibble in the evening and a lot of treats throughout the day; their favourite is wonky chomps and they go through about four packets a day.
“Despite their size, they’re very kind natured and put their paws on you if they know you’re upset. They love cuddling and I sleep with them on two mattresses in the living room at night.
“Freddy was actually the runt of the litter and now he’s got a Guinness World Record and is set to reach a second.”
Enormous Freddy’s food sets Claire back a whopping £500 a month, which consists of kibble, minced beef, roast chicken and a lot of treats throughout the day.
She added: “I’m very worried about Freddy and know that I’m lucky to still have him at this age. He’s extremely spoilt and can have whatever he wants these days! I could never have children so Freddy and Fleur are definitely my babies.
“I made sure to throw the best birthday bash for her pups, complete with bunting, balloons, cake, cuddly toys and treats galore.”
Erin, who is in year two at primary school, has known Freddy her whole life as she was born just four months after her furry friend.
Whilst most people can be intimidated by Freddy’s size, Erin has grown up surrounded by dogs.
Before lockdown, Erin would go and see Freddy at least twice a week and loves giving him a phone call in the evening just before she goes to bed.
Her dad, Peter, said: “Erin has never known life without Freddy. She isn’t phased by his height at all and has always been close to him.
“He has always been a gentle giant and I knew he would be fine with her.
“He’s so big that he towers over her. She cuddles up to him on the settee to watch television and he just towers over her but they have a very sweet relationship.
“They have a little phone call at night and he mumbles back when he recognises Erin’s voice. Sometimes it sounds like he’s saying I love you!”
Claire will donate any fee received in associate with this story to the NHS.