About the Great Dane Dog Breed
The Great Dane dog breed has a history as being a dog of nobility. German royals kept the biggest and best of the breed as “trophies” to show-off, adorning them with velvet collars and expensive trinkets.They were first bred to hunt boar in Germany and were originally called “German Boarhounds”. They were aggressive, big and strong.Three breeds went into the creation of the Great Dane: the Irish Wolfhound for size, the Greyhound for speed and the Mastiff for muscle mass. Throughout the 1800’s the breed was developed in Germany to become the dog we know today.
Freddy is a massive Great Dane who has been crowned the largest dog in the world and towers over 7 feet tall when standing on his hind legs. Although Freddy has been crowned the worlds largest dog – Irish Wolfhounds on average – are taller than Great Danes!
Great Danes are short-coated dogs. The breed standard recognizes 5-6 official coat colors:
- Fawn with a Black Mask
- Black with no markings
- Harlequin – white with black patches
- Mantle – a very specific mix of black and white
Despite their massive size, this breed are know to make great family pets and be gentle loving animals. They can be a bit lazy and love sprawling out on the floor or trying to find their way into sitting on your lap!
These are fast growing dogs. It is not unusual for a newborn puppy to grow to over 100 pounds in the first 6 months of life!
Great Dane lovers lament the rather short lifespan of this giant breed but tend to cherish the experience of having this great dog in the family!
8 Dog breeds with the shortest AVERAGE lifespans:
Saint Bernard: 9.5 years.
Newfoundland: 9 years.
Bullmastiff: 9 years.
Great Dane: 8.5 years.
Greater Swiss Mountain Dog: 8 years.
Mastiff: 8 years.
Irish Wolfhound: 7 years.
Bernese Mountain Dog: 7 years.
Pennsylvania named the Great Dane its official state dog in 1967-and who doesn’t know the most famous Great Dane of them all?