Origin of Great Dane
The Great Dane dates back to 3000 BC with pictographs on Egyptian tombs. They were used in the Celtic and Germanic army as fighting dogs and to catch large game during war, also know for wild Boar hunting. These dogs were already used in Britain, Greece and Rome, yet the Germans wanted to claim origin rights to the dog, which we believe originally dated back from Denmark. The name Great Dane literally means Big Danish. Their lines descended from the Mastiff breed and are often called German Mastiffs in Germany. The Breed eventually made it’s way over to the United States in 1877 where the breed was displayed at a dog show. The breed was ferocious in nature coming straight from Germany as attack dogs to guard wealthy estates. Todays Great Dane can be credited to the American breeders for creating a more gentle, even tempered line of Great Danes
They are a true working breed with a protective nature. The Great Dane is a people oriented breed that is playful and even spirited, affectionate, loving and a real family companion. They are of average intelligence when it comes to the dog world, however they have a real yearning to please.
Males – stand 33-38 inches
Females – stand 30-34 inches
Males- Average 135-190lbs
Did you know both Scooby Doo and Marmaduke were both Great Danes? Known for their clumsy, cowardly behaviour and the ability to sniff out a good mystery. Dane’s were once thought to ward away ghosts and evil spirits. Doesn’t that sound like good ‘ol Scoob’s? Today Dane’s tell a different story, their personalities are known as the “Gentle Giants” and make a great addition to any family with their docile demeanor .
It is recommended to socialize your puppy at a young age to get them well accustomed to different people, places and other pets. Many puppies see small animals and toddlers as their peers and, therefore, need to be trained what is and is not acceptable behavior so they learn to respect everyone in the household. Training on the leash must be gentle, as leash-jerking and harsh discipline can cause an edgy distrustful pet. Due to their size, training such a large breed requires a firm hand along with positive reinforcement with this breed, they bond well with a human. Because they grow so rapidly they are not to be jogged until after 2 years of age to prevent joint and bone disorders caused by overuse. They generally require little space compared to their size and fair well with just a leash walk. Owners of the breed are cautioned to have a high fenced in yard to protect from theft or easy escape, as they are a hunting breed they enjoy chasing small animals.
We always love to hear stories about your Great Dane, share a tale with us.