There is historical evidence that similar dogs to the Great Danes were around in Egypt in 3000 B.C. This evidence is in drawings located on monuments in Egypt. The earliest recording in writing about this type of dog is from 1121 B.C. The English Mastiff was crossbred with an Irish Wolfhound, and the Great Dane was born.
The Germans developed this breed in the beginning to hunt the boar, which is a fierce beast. At that time the dog’s name was Boar Hound. During the 1800s the dog remained a popular hunting dog. Then the nobility and other dog lovers of the day began to have the Great Danes on their properties. Toward the later part of the 1800s, the Great Dane started doing dog shows along with still being a hunting dog.
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After this surge in popularity, the breed started being refined and standardized. The AKC registered the Great Dane finally in 1887 and placed it in the “Working Dog Group.” After it was not used as a hunting dog any longer, it became a guard dog or a pet. This breed is still popular in spite of its size being trying on owners at times.
Great Dane Temperament
This breed is a gentle, laid-back dog with protective instincts. It is not usually that aggressive of a dog. Despite its huge size; it is great to have around kids. The dog will need to be trained though not to jump up on children or adults because the can make someone fall over.
It can be a good companion dog if socialized from an early age. The Great Dane can shy away a bit from strangers as they get older. They do need a certain amount of activity. This dog should also be obedience trained so that it knows how to act in a variety of situations. Due to their great size, they make great watchdogs and don’t always have to get aggressive to chase people off.
Great Dane Appearance
• Ears – This dog has floppy ears with a triangular shape. You can perform dog-ear cropping if want to. Do not do it personally unless you are a veterinary surgeon. The Great Dane dog owners from the US commonly do it. In other places, the dog owners either do not bother or are afraid of the ban.
Legs – This dog breed does not have skinny legs at all. It naturally looks like a working dog, hence; its four legs are strong and muscular. Even a puppy dog has a strong body.
Head – The Great Dane has a big head, small sharp eyes, a small nose, and a big square snout.
Coat colors – The six main colors associated with this dog include blue. Imagine a steel blue sturdy dog in your home. As many of you know, blue is a rare color for dogs. Even though, some Great Danes have a blue coat color. A few dogs have white parts on the toes or chest, which the experts consider as flaws. The other common fur color is sleek black all over the dog’s body. Some black dogs have white markings on the toes or chest. Fawn coat is common, which is a typical yellow gold color blended with black around the eyelids, eyebrows, and ears. Brindle fur color is usually fawn plus black, jumbled in a chevron stripe motif. Harlequin is another coat color characterized by plain white with black split patches. The patches could be uneven but well distributed over the Great Dane’s body. The most preferred dog has medium sized black patches and a plain white neck.
Ideally, you should have a fenced in garden that your dog can go in and out of at will, they tend to exercise in short bursts of running around followed by hours of sleeping.
When your Great Dane is young, it is best if they exercise in short bursts of energy, playing with you in the garden. You do not want them to go for walks of more than a mile or two during the first 12 months as they are growing so rapidly and you do not want to put unnecessary strain on the bones and joints. A Great Dane is not fully matured until two years of age.
In an ideal world, the Great Dane should be walked on a leash twice a day; this doesn’t need to be too long, especially in warm weather as it does not take much heat to get him panting heavily.
Suitability as a family pet:
Just like other breeds, this breed needs a proper diet to keep him nourished and proper care and grooming to maintain the health and appearance. It is also the owner’s responsibility to protect the pet from minor to life-threatening diseases by having them vaccinated and giving them safe and comfortable sleeping area. But protection for pets could extend beyond that. We all know that health problems may arise any time no matter how hard we try to protect our dear dogs. They may need to see and be treated by vets to nurse them back to good health and lengthen your happy years together. Vet bills may sometimes rise rapidly and soon you can no longer afford to pay those bills. Pity for those animals whose owners aren’t wise enough to get a pet insurance for them.
Known health issues:
Some health issues that the Great Dane could be faced with include.
Canine Hip Dysplasia
von Willebrands Disease
Grooming Requirements for the Breed
This Great Dane breed should receive basic routine grooming. Brushing the coat with a bristle brush is about all it needs. If the owner wants to add gloss to the coat they can just rub it with a soft cloth to bring out the shine.
This breed does shed some but not heavily. Wet bathing is not recommended rather use the dry shampoo at least at home. If you do need to dog to go through a wet bathing, take the dog to a groomer who can handle bathing the larger dogs more easily. The dog’s nails should be trimmed to the proper length.