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.