In historians records, the image of a dog very similar to the Great Dane is found incised on Greek currency dating as far back as 36 B.C.! In 407 A.D. German Gaul and parts of Italy and Spain were invaded by an Asiatic people who brought with them powerful Mastiff-like dogs. In Germany, where these superb animals were much admired” for they were fully capable of overcoming ferocious predators like bears and wild boars”a selective breeding process was begun.

The product of crossing the breed with Irish Wolfhounds was a large, striking and lithe dog that we now know as the Great Dane. It was also called the Boarhound because of its initial purpose: to hunt the ferocious wild boar. The breed eventually settled into its role of family companion and estate guard dog when it was no longer used for the hunt.

The Great Dane is also known by the names Danish Gallant, Deutsche Dogge, or Danish Hound. It is commonly referred to as the Apollo of all breeds, and it is easy to see why. The Great Dane is considered one of the tallest dog breeds, alongside with the Irish Wolfhound.

In addition to that, the Guinness Book of World Records lauds a Great Dane as the title holder for the tallest dog in the world! Never clumsy or discomfited, this calm, stately giant is one of the largest working breeds. A regal bearing, strength and sheer size come together with a magnificent frame to form one arresting breed.

The massive form, subtle power and serene air all paint the picture of an eye-catching dog. The Great Dane is a handsome animal, conspicuous especially in the show arena. In addition, it is also well-liked as a family pet due to its agreeable temperament and loving nature, making them ideal family companions.

The Great Danes splendid appearance combines its great size, powerfully formed body and smooth musculature with poise, power, and grace. An ideal specimen of this breed is spirited and never faint-hearted. It is always courageous, friendly and dependable.

Sporting a long, toned neck and a narrow head along with magnificently straight front legs, this animal will look at you with in intelligent, alert eyes. All Great Danes possess dense, short-haired coats, which range in color anywhere from black, blue, brindle, and mantle harlequin to merle. Because they are so big, it might be a good idea to groom them daily (as they are so easy to groom) rather than take on the major task of bathing them!

The Great Dane is lively, uncomplaining, and loves everyone, including children. Unless circumstances call for it, it does not bark much, and only displays aggression in extreme situations, such as in the presence of danger. This courageous, faithful dog is a reliable friend and will make a wonderful member of any family and home.

  • Friendly, Patient, Dependable
  • AKC Breed Popularity: Ranks 16 of 191
  • Height: 30-32 inches (male), 28-30 inches (female)
  • Weight: 140-175 pounds (male), 110-140 pounds (female)
  • Life Expectancy: 7-10 years
  • Group: Working Group 

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