Non-sporting Breeds

Great Dane

Great Dane
Pedigree Points
Recognized: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI, KC (GB), KUSA
Height: Minimum over 18 months Dog: 30 in (76cm) Bitch: 28 in (71 cm)
Weight: Minimum over 18 months Dog: 120 lb (54kg) Bitch: 100 lb (46kg)
Coat: Short, dense, and sleek
Color: Brindle, fawn, blue, black, or harlequin (white, preferably with all black or all blue patches that have the appearance of being torn)

The Great Dane is known in its native Germany as the German Mastiff. This statuesque dog, often referred to as the Apollo of the dog world, is said to be descended from the Molossus hounds of ancient Rome. In the Middle Ages, it was used as a wild boar hunter, companion, and bodyguard, and the breed also played its part in bull-baiting. In the 1800s,t he Chancellor of Germany, Bismarck, who had a particular interest in mastiffs, crossed the mastiff of southern Germany and the Great Dane of the north to produce dogs similar to the Dane we know today. Despite its size, this breed should not be kenneled outdoors, but kept indoors as a member of the family. The Great Dane is good natured, playful, and easy to train. However, it should not be teased lest an action be misinterpreted. It needs regular exercise on hard ground and daily grooming with a body brush. It lives for only 8-9 years on average.
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