On Wednesday January 27, 2021, the death of Freddy, the largest dog in the world, was announced. This great dane, originally from the city of Essex in the United Kingdom, entered the Guinness World Records in 2016. He died at the age of 8 and a half.
When his mistress Claire Stoneman adopted him, Freddy was still just a little puppy. She was far from suspecting that her dog would become the largest in the world. When in 2016, the Guinness Book of Records Awarded him the title of world’s largest living dog, Freddy has become a superstar, and his photos have toured the planet.
Freddy was 1.03 meters tall, and even reached 2.26 meters when he stood on his hind legs. Yet despite his imposing and impressive size, his owner describes him as a big-hearted pet. Besides, according to the American Kennel Club, the largest dog federation in the United States, Great Danes are generally extremely friendly, patient and reliable.
Claire Stoneman was not only Freddy’s mistress, but also that of his sister, called Fleur. She says she preferred to take her dogs out early in the morning, so as not to attract the attention of passers-by. She describes her dogs as particularly affectionate animals. “They put their paws on you when they realize you’re upset. They love to cuddle and at night I sleep with them on two mattresses in the living room ”, she confides.
The owner also says she pays £ 500 per month (over 560 euros) to feed her two dogs. To please them, she often cooks them delicious meals, such as ground beef for breakfast or roast chicken for dinner.
Since Freddy’s death, Claire Stoneman says she’s devastated and doesn’t stop crying.
Freddy, a dog missed by his mistress
If Claire Stoneman loved her two dogs madly, Freddy had held a special place in her heart ever since he had become famous thanks to his large size. Moreover, last year he nearly won another award, becoming the oldest surviving Great Dane. Indeed, the average life expectancy of a dog of this breed is between seven and ten years. However, Pirate, another Great Dane also residing in the UK, ultimately won the award. He was then 11 and a half years old.
Freddy wasn’t the biggest dog that ever existed, however. According to Guinness World Records, the largest dog ever measured was named Zeus and was originally from Michigan. Before he died in 2014 at the age of 5, he was almost 1.12 meters tall, almost 10 centimeters taller than Freddy.
Source: Slate.fr by www.slate.fr.
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