meet theGreat Dane

Even people with zero dog knowledge know a Great Dane when they see one. Standing as high as 32 inches at the shoulder, Danes tower over most other dogs—and when standing on their hind legs, they’re taller than many people. Giant-sized and immensely strong, Danes nevertheless are the picture of elegance and balance, with the smooth and easy stride of born noblemen. The coat comes in different colors and patterns, perhaps the best-known being the black-and-white patchwork pattern known as “harlequin.”

theHistory

Training &Temperament

Free exercise is always the best. Walking is as good. It is also a great way to socialize your puppy as bond with them. Daily exercise is necessary. Although Danes appear docile and laid back, they love to be busy. They are great companions and like to do everything their owners do. They are also great at obedience and agility, any of the companion events. Great Danes are good at ʺself limiting ʺ their exercise. Never force them as puppies, those fast growing bones and muscles can easily be damaged. Great Danes have gentle and loving dispositions, making them excellent family companions, but as with all dogs, they should be supervised around young children.

  • Children

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  • Other Pets

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  • Training

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  • Time Alone

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Did You Know?

The Great Dane's name is the English translation of the breed name in French: grand Danois, meaning "big Danish."

The Great Dane had a half-dozen names used for centuries in France, including dogue allemand ("German Mastiff"); "Mastiff" in English, dogue or dogo in the Latin languages, and dogge in the Germanic languages all meant the same thing: a giant dog with heavy head for fighting or hunting purposes.

There is no known reason for connecting Denmark with either the origin or the development of the Great Dane; it was "made in Germany", and it was German fanciers who led the world in breeding most of the finest specimens.

The earliest written description of a dog resembling the Great Dane may be found in Chinese literature of 1121 BC, according to an article by Dr. G. Ciaburri in a Great Dane Club of Italy publication (1929).

The Great Dane is a very old breed, cultivated as a distinct type for probably 400 years, if not longer.

The Dane was developed as a boar hound by the Germans.

colors & Markings

Below is a list of the colors and markings available for this breed. Please refer to the breed standard for descriptions and the difference in types.

Colors

Description Desc. Standard Colors Std. Colors Registration Code Reg. Code
Black 007
Black & White 019
Blue 037
Brindle 057
Fawn 082
Harlequin 112
Mantle 431
Merle 131
White 199
Blue & White 045
Blue Brindle 056
Chocolate 071
Chocolate & White 271
Chocolate Brindle 342
Mantle Merle 516
Merlequin 517
Silver 176

Markings

Description Desc. Standard Markings Std. Markings Registration Code Reg. Code
Black Markings 002
Black Mask 004
White Markings 014
Blue Markings 027
Blue Mask 006
Brindle Markings 007
Chocolate Markings 043
Chocolate Mask 060
Fawn Markings 008
Merle Markings 035
Piebald 025