“The Great Dane is not Danish as its name implies. The giant breed was developed in Germany, where it has been known since the Middle Ages. In the Fatherland, it is known as the Deutsche Dogge (German Mastiff) and was used originally to hunt wild boar, patrol estates and as a war dog. The aristocratic dog was proclaimed Germany’s national dog in 1876. The breed was first imported to North America in the mid-19th century and one of the earliest owners was the famous “Buffalo Bill” Cody.
Early imports to this continent were reported to be ferocious animals that had been used as attack dogs. American breeders are credited with transforming the breed into the even-tempered, friendly and dependable Dane of today.
Spirited and courageous, Danes enjoy outdoor activity and daily exercise. They adapt well to city or country living but need room indoors as well as out.
Males measure 30 in (76 cm) or more at the shoulders though 32 in (81 cm) or larger is preferable. Females will be somewhat smaller.
The coat is short, smooth, thick and glossy.Long, easy, springy stride with no tossing or rolling of body.
Danes may be brindle, fawn, blue, black, harlequin (white with black patches) or ‘Boston’ (black with white trim).
The coat requires minimal grooming.