Freddy, who was the ‘half-pint of the litter’ remained at 7ft 5inches on his back legs and ate £500 of food every month. His keeper says he was “the tallest dog as well as the canine with the most love and greatest heart”

The tallest living male dog on the planet has died at eight years old.

Freddy, who transcended at 7ft 5inches tall on his back legs, discovered global popularity when he was granted the title by the Guinness World Records in 2016.

The loved pet, who lived with his owner Claire Stoneman in Essex, was the half-pint of the litter when he was conceived, prior to developing to his gigantic 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”.

“I had no idea he was going to get this big at all.”

A year ago she arranged him a birthday celebration complete with hitting, inflatables and cakes in her back nursery.

The Great Dane was authoritatively estimated by Guinness World Records, which doesn’t gauge dogs on their rear legs, at 3ft 4in.

Meeting his dietary requirements, which included kibble, minced meat, broil chicken and treats, set Claire back £500 every month