Great Danes have always fascinated me, simply because they are so huge.
I found the following information from a Great Dane fancier, that I thought would be a good read for my readers, especially if you are considering a Great Dane as a pet – they make great pets, but you do need a big space to house them!
Here is Matt Warwick’s article on Great Danes:
The Great Dane appears in history as far back as 36 B.C, for it is said that the image of a dog very similar in appearance to the Great Dane of today appears in Greek currency of that time. Long ago, in 407 A.D. German Gaul and parts of Italy and Spain were invaded by an Asiatic people who brought with them strong, Mastiff-like dogs. These animals were celebrated in Germany for their hunting abilities, being able to overpower bears and wild boars, and hence a selective breeding program was begun to further hone these abilities.
What resulted from a crossing with the Irish Wolfhound was the beautiful, large and agile dog we know as the Great Dane today. Because they were originally developed to hunt boar, they were given the moniker Boarhound. When these animals ceased to be used for hunting, however, the breed evolved into family companions and estate watchdogs.
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 fact, the current holder for the title of tallest dog in the world is a Great Dane! This gentle giant is nothing short of majestic, for it is one of the largest working breeds, and never appears clumsy. The breed combines a noble air with robustness, and power goes hand in hand with elegance.
Its regal bearing, subtle strength and calm demeanor all paint the picture of a striking animal. The Great Dane is a formidable-looking animal, especially in the show arena. Not only that, it is just as popular as a family pet due to its placid temperament and sweet nature, rendering them outstanding 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.
With its narrow head, long, muscular neck and perfectly straight front legs, the Great Dane looks up at you with a lively, intelligent expression. All Danes have short, shiny, dense coats, which come in the colors fawn, brindle, black, blue, mantle harlequin and sometimes merle. Their short coats are extremely easy to groom, so it is better to groom them daily than bathe that immense body!
The Great Dane, sweet and patient by nature, is playful and patient with children and loves everyone. It does not bark unless the circumstances call for it, and only becomes aggressive when needed, such as in a hostile environment and it is acting as a protector. This brave, loyal dog will be a steadfast companion and a worthy, wise addition to any family and home.
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