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Great Dane Dog Breed

The Great Dane is one of the world’s tallest dog breeds, often referred to as the “Apollo of all breeds.” This ancient breed is believed to have existed as far back as the 36 B.C. where dogs resembling it appeared on Greek money. There is still a debate as to the exact origins of the breed - some report that it originated in Denmark, others believe the mastiff-like dog was taken to Germany and it was there that the breed was developed. The breeds of Wolfhound, Old English Mastiff and later on the Great Dane were all mixed to produce the Great Dane. Gigantic in size, the Great Dane has a height of 28 to 34 inches and a weight of up to 200 pounds. It has a long and rectangular-shaped head, a deep muzzle and a well defined stop. The eyes are dark and deep-set, ears are medium-sized and set high, and a nose that is either black or blue/black. Its neck is muscular, arched and firm. It has a short and thick coat that comes in colours of brindle, fawn, black, blue, and sometimes merle.

The Great Dane is also known as the “gentle giant.” Despite its size, it is charming, affectionate and playful. It has been used as a hunting dog renowned for its ability to bring down big game such as bears and wild boars. As well it is an estate guard dog, and also perform tasks such as tracking and carting. It is a reliable and dependable house companion and display devotion and obedience toward its owner and the family. It generally does not have a long life but some are reported to have lived up to 13 years.

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