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Great Dane

Personality:Friendly, patient, dependable

Coat & Grooming:the short, smooth coat needs regular brushing to minimize shedding

Energy Level:Somewhat Active; Sedate, easygoing dogs, Danes enjoy a good walk two or three times daily

Originally: Germany

Nicknames: Dane; the Apollo of Dogs

Size: Large

Meet the Great 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.”

What's Their Story?

​No one is quite sure how or why Great Danes, a German breed, came to be associated with Denmark. (In Germany they’re known as the Deutsche Dog, or “German dog.”) We do know that once upon a time, German nobles used Danes to hunt ferocious wild boars. Later, Danes became famous as protectors of their home and loved ones, a job they are still happy to perform.

What are they Like?

​Despite their sweet nature, Danes are alert home guardians. Just the sight of these gentle giants is usually enough to make intruders think twice. But those foolish enough to mistake the breed’s friendliness for softness will meet a powerful foe of true courage and spirit. Kind and patient with kids, they are people pleasers who make friends easily. Danes are a joy to be with, but owning a dog of their size, weight, and strength is a commitment that should not be entered into lightly.

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