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Great Dane

Great Dane

“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.

The male should appear more massive throughout than the bitch, with larger frame and heavier bone.

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.

Activity Level

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.

Danes under minimum height. White Danes without any black marks (albinos). Merles, a solid mouse-grey colour or a mouse-grey base with black or white or both colour spots or white base with mouse-grey spots. Brindle, fawn, and blue Danes with white forehead line, white collars,high white stockings and white bellies. Danes with predominantly blue,grey, yellow or also brindled spots. Docked tails. Split noses.”

(Source-Canadian Kennel Club)