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  • "The apollo of dogs."
  • a device capable of spreading gallons of drool on every available surface
  • one of the "giant working breeds"
  • The male shall not be less than 30 inches at the shoulders, but it is preferable that he be 32 inches or more, providing he is well proportioned to his height.
  • The female shall not be less than 28 inches at the shoulders, but it is preferable that she be 30 inches or more, providing she is well proportioned to her height.
  • Markings: Brindle, Blue, Black, Fawn, Harlequin, Mantle
  • The Great Dane must be spirited, courageous, always friendly and dependable, and never timid or aggressive.
  • Great with kids, except for their tendency to accidentally knock the little ones over
  • Great with burgulars, especially with their tendency to knock the big ones over.
  • capable of eating way more than you.
  • males usually weigh around 150lbs
  • very friendly
  • great dane owners have a tendency to get bruised a lot. I wonder why.
  • a device used to generate comments about horses. If you're a Dane owner you know what I'm talking about. These comments will eventually drive any dane owner insane.
  • not cheap to own
  • guaranteed to prevent you from getting an apartment 99 out of 100 times.
  • one of the only breeds you can actually play with.
  • a good excuse to buy a bigger bed
A superb companion and guard dog, this elegant breed of great size is strongly identified with Germany and was once renowned throughout Europe for its prowess as a wild boar hunter.

Background Notes
Traceable back some four hundred years as a distinct breed, it is known in its native Germany as the Deutsche dogge. Probably a mixture of ancient breeds, its suggested lineage has included the Tibetan mastiff, Old English mastiff, and greyhound. Although originally a savage boar hound, today it is a lovable gentle giant, very popular internationally because of its great size, strong looks, noble, dignified appearance, and reputation as an affectionate companion and loyal guard dog.

Key Characteristics
Well boned and muscled, the Great Dane is among the tallest of dog breeds. It has a rather square body when viewed from the side; a deep chest; a big, long, deep head with a clearly defined stop; round black eyes that are as piercing as those of an eagle; drop ears that naturally bend forward, but more often are cropped erect; and a very long uniformly tapering tail, hanging down. The coat is short, thick, smooth, and shiny, and colors range from fawn and a yellow-gold brindle, both with a black mask, to a pure blue steel, entirely black, or even harlequin.

This is definitely a dog for the suburbs, not city living, and one that requires special handling by people who know dogs very well. Even though this breed is massive, it loves children and proves to be a very gentle playmate and loyal guardian for them. On the other hand, this breed tends to be a bit distrustful of other dogs. When properly trained, this breed makes a better companion and guard dog than almost any other.

Care and Exercise
Only brief, daily brushing is need to maintain its short glossy coat, and its nails need not be cut if worn down by exercise. Adult dogs require considerably fast, strenuous daily exercise, such as galloping alongside a bicycle or motorcycle. Puppies under ten months old should never be given long, or strenuous exercise, as their bones are still forming, and overexercise could cause abnormalities to develop. Rather, a puppy should be given plenty of free space to exercise on its own. As this dog is a ravenous eater, food and exercise must be carefully balanced.

Puppies and Training
Usually, there are five to twelve puppies in a litter. If their ears are to be cropped, this should be done at about eight weeks of age. Very early obedience training is a must, although it instinctively has a strong sense of responsibility.

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