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Great Dane

As published in Canadian Dogs Annual
Great Dane
Exercise
Grooming
Appearance
At least 28" (71 cm) At least 100 lb (46 kg) Short, thick glossy coat. Brindle, fawn, black, harlequin, mantle.
Photo courtesy of Quicksilver Danes Reg’d.
History

History

The Great Dane got his name from an 18th century French naturalist who believed the breed originated in Denmark and called it the “Grand Danois”. In actuality, the breed was developed in Germany where it was called the “Deutsche Dogge” or German Mastiff. This is a far more suitable name since the Great Dane likely descended from the ancient Alaunt, a Mastiff-type dog depicted in tomb drawings as early as 2200 BC. Over time, Irish Wolfhound and English Mastiff bloodlines were likely added, giving the breed added size. Strong and brave, the Great Dane was a war dog for Germans and Celts, a boar hunter and a bull-baiter. Over time, the Germans refined the breed, which was so well loved that it was declared the national dog of Germany in 1876. By the mid-1800s, Great Danes were imported to North America where breeders worked to tone down their sometimes fiercely protective nature, producing an even-tempered though still protective dog. This made North American Great Danes the most desirable in the world.

Personality

Big, bold and a bit goofy, the Great Dane is a loving dog who adores his people. He is a leaner, preferring to be right up against his owner, and if he had his way he’d be a lap dog too. He enjoys going for long and often brisk walks, and without training can be difficult to hold onto once he gets going. Given his great size and independent thinking, it is important to start training early, keeping sessions short and sweet.

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Great Dane Breeders

Quicksilver Reg’d Great Dane
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Quicksilver Danes Reg’d. Since 2001 Member of the Great Dane Club of Canada. Breeder of quality blues; show and pet. Temperament and longevity are our priorities. Reservations are required. (705) 989-6514; quicksilverdanes@yahoo.com; www.quicksilverdanes.com (See our Breed Ambassador photo above.)

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