Great Danes 
Working Group

Country of Origin: Germany
Other Names: 
Deutsche Dogge, German Mastiff

History: There is evidence that suggests that there were similar dogs as the Great Dane in ancient Greek and Roman times. Originally developed from the boarhound they were used to hunt boar in the Middle Ages. The Germans are given credit to have developed the breed as it is known today. Some suggest they were crossed with the ancient Mastiff and Irish Wolfhound.

The correct angulations is very important in the Great Dane to allow balanced, powerful and graceful movement.
CH Axeford Sorcerer "Jacob"

The Great Dane is regal in appearance, having dignity, strength and elegance. They are the tallest of dog breeds with their great size and well-formed muscled body. The Great Dane makes a great family dog with their gentle, loyal and affectionate nature and patience with children. Despite their large size, they should not be kenneled, but rather kept indoors as a member of the family. Great Danes truly love the comforts of home and you may find them sleeping in your bed......

Colours: Brindle, fawn, blue, black and harlequin.
Coat: Short, dense, sleek.

Height: 
Dogs ca.30-34 inches (76-86 cm.) 
Bitches ca.28-32 inches (71-81 cm.)   
     
Weight: 
Dogs ca.120-200 pounds (54-90 kg.) 
Bitches ca.100-130 pounds (45-59 kg.)


Care and Training: Great Danes require minimal grooming of their shorthaired coat. Comb, brush when necessary. Keep nails trimmed. Due to there sheer size the growth rate is very rapid and exercise should be kept controlled. Great Danes should always be fed from a raised bowl for there own comfort and easier digestion.

Life Span: 7 - 10 Years
Litter Size:
5 - 12 puppies

Drawings based on Das Rasse-Portrait; Deutsche Dogge. Author: Winfred Nouc
Correct 
Fault-Steep rear
Fault
Steep rear
Fault-Barrel legs
Fault
B
arrel legs
Fault-Cow-hocks
Fault
Cow-hocks

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