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Great Danes have been immortalized in the media by “Marmaduke” in the comic strips, and by “Scooby Do” on TV and in the movies.
So many get reformed through religion. I got reformed through dogs. – Lina Basquette
Known as the “Apollo of Dogs”, the Great Dane is not from Denmark as his name suggests, but is actually the national dog of Germany where he is known as the “Deutsche Dogge”. Since the Middle Ages, he has been used to hunt boar and other big game.
Great Danes have also been used as war dogs and to patrol large estates where their size, along with their regal profile and aristocratic demeanor would be sure to intimidate even the bravest intruders. Buffalo Bill Cody owned a Great Dane.
This is a giant breed, standing 30 inches or more at the shoulder. He has a short, smooth coat in fawn, black, blue, brindle, white with black patches (harlequin), or black with white trim (Boston). In North America, the ears are typically cropped erect while in Europe they are left in their natural fold. Grooming requirements are minimal.
Strong, elegant, and well-muscled, this is nevertheless an affectionate, loyal, and gentle breed. He prefers to live with people and is not really happy living in a kennel. The Dane is lively and alert, yet patient with children. However, due to his great size, he should always be supervised with children.
Photos displayed courtesy of Donna Ames, Werock Reg’d, Alberta
This dog needs room – indoor and out! Since he is happiest as a house dog, he should live in a larger home, and he must have a fenced yard. He is fine in the city or the country but he must have plenty of exercise, including at the very least a long daily walk.
This magestic but gentle giant is highly intelligent and trainable. As he is a sensitive breed, harsh training methods are inappropriate.