History of the Great Dane:

Likely the descendent of the old English mastiff and the Irish wolfhound, the Great Dane is a German breed and has been nicknamed the ďApollo of Dogs.Ē Considered to be fearless game hunters, the ancestors of the Great Dane were used in war and hunting. Because of its speed, strength, and stamina, this breed earned a reputation as skillful hunters of wild boar in Germany by the 14th century. The Great Dane also became popular with nobility because of its commanding but refined look. The English began calling the breed German boarhounds, but at some point, and for unknown reasons, the dog was called a Great Dane, even though it wasnít Danish. In approximately 1880, the German authorities proclaimed that the Great Dane should only be called a Deutsche doggy, and this is the name it still goes by today in Germany. This breed came to the United States in the late 1800s, and it quickly gained recognition. To date, this large dog is still a popular breed in America, and its talents include tracking, carting, and serving as a watchdog.


Why a Great Dane?

The Great Dane has been characterized by many dog fanciers as the best natured of all breeds. They possess a peaceful disposition and a love for their family and home, which is unequalled. Great Danes are dogs for children of all ages. They are devoted and gentle, in spite of their enormous size and strength, almost human in their ability to size up a situation and more than human in sensing danger to the ones they love and protect. This "KING" among dogs, through their size, power, and beauty, shows a proud self-confident royal bearing.

Although the Dane is one of the Giant breeds, he does not eat one out of house and home. The mature Dane eats no more than any large dog. Another fallacy is that a Dane must have a very large yard. Many Danes live in limited space and their owners have benefited by the daily exercise they give their dogs.  The main thing to remember is Danes are a "people" dog, they need and desire interaction with humans!

Because of their size, Danes are ideal guard, escort and watchdogs. A light burning downstairs and a small dog to bark is no longer sufficient protection in today's world. The burglar is going to hesitate when he knows there is a man-sized dog on the premises, therefore proving that a GREAT DANE's "bite"  IS  as big as their bark! 

Danes are not only great companions for the elderly but can actually help in their time of need.  They are large and strong enough for an elderly person who has fallen to use the Dane to pull themselves up off the floor or even out of a burning room!


The Great Dane gets along well with children, other dogs, and any household pets. Some Great Danes are dominant with other dogs of the same sex or have a high prey instinct with small cats. Great Danes should be socialized when young. The Great Dane is usually wary around strangers, but will welcome friends of the family.


The Great Dane should be brushed with a rubber brush when shedding to remove dead hairs. Great Danes need a sizable soft place to lie down indoors. Proper nutrition and avoidance of excessive exercise is required when this breed is young. Great Danes are prone to hip dysplasia and bloat, the latter of which can be prevented by placing the food dish on an elevated platform, spacing meals throughout the day, and avoiding exercise immediately after meals. The Great Dane has a lifespan of 8-12 years, some even longer when cared for properly by being kept on Probiotics and such!



The Great Dane requires a dominant but not overly harsh trainer. It must be trained early not to pull on the leash, because it grows to a very large size. Obedience training when young is highly recommended for the Great Dane.







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