When Freddy the Great Dane was a puppy, he was the runt of his litter. Owner Claire Stoneman of Leigh-on-Sea, England, took the young dog and his littermate Fleur home early because he was so little and wasn't thriving.
"I got him a couple of weeks earlier than I should have done because he wasn't feeding off mum, so he was pretty poorly," she told The International Business Times. "He was half the size of Fleur when he was tiny so I had no idea he was going to be this big at all."
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"This big" is really big. Freddy is currently the Guinness World Records holder for "world's tallest dog." He's 7 feet 6 inches tall when standing on his hind legs.
Need to put that into perspective? Basketball star LeBron James is 6 feet 8 inches tall. (The average NBA center is 6 feet 11.) A king-size mattress is about 6 feet 7 inches long.
Although Freddy got off to a slow start, he had a few growth spurts and people soon began commenting on social media about his massive size.
"I had no experience with Danes and how big they should be and no expectations," Stoneman said.
When it comes to eating, Freddy's massive food bowls are impressive ... as are the food bills. Stoneman says she spends close to $125 each week to feed him. Some of his favorites are peanut butter on toast and roasted chicken. As a puppy, he also had quite an affinity for sofas. She said he destroyed 23 of them.
When Stoneman takes her awe-inspiring pet for a walk, she knows it will take a while.
"If we go out in the daytime we get interrupted every five seconds," she tells the BBC. "Cars brake and stop to look at him."
Before Freddy earned his Guinness title in September 2016, the previous honoree was Zeus, a Great Dane from Michigan who passed away in 2014 at the age of 5.