Original Name : Deutsche Dogge
Type : Molossoid
Male size : At least 31 ½ inches
Female size : At least 28½ inches
Degree of grooming :
Countries of origin : Germany
Great Danes combine pride, power and poise in one – albeit big – package. With their harmonious, well proportioned bodies and ever so expressive face and head, Great Danes embody the noblest qualities. Real gentle giants.
Proportionate to the whole, elongated, narrow, clear lines, very expressive, delicately chiseled. Long, lean neck.
Square-shaped, especially in males.
There are three separate color varieties: fawn and brindle, black and harlequin, and blue. Other colors are currently being recognized.
Set high, falling naturally, medium-sized, front edges close to the cheek.
Set high and broad, tapering to the tip, which reaches to the hock.
Very short and dense, smooth and close, glossy.
The Great Dane’s immediate ancestors are the Bullenbeisser and large male hounds used in hunting, especially wild boar, dogs that in terms of conformation are midway between a powerful English mastiff and a supple, speedy Greyhound.The first Great Dane standard was published in 1880, on the occasion of a show in Berlin. A breed club was established in 1888, which has tweaked the standard a number of times. The content and form of the current standard is based on the F.C.I.Great Danes are happy, loving and fond of their human companions, particularly children, although they are wary of strangers. A fearless, self-assured, docile and receptive Great Dane is what’s sought after, producing a highly tolerant family dog with little in the way of aggression.
By the mid 18th century there was a profusion of different varieties with names including Ulmer Dogge, English Dogge, German Dogge, Hatzrüde, Saupacker and Grosse Dogge, which were very similar dogs of different coat colors and sizes. In 1878 a committee of seven judges and breeders under the presidency of Dr. Bodinus met in Berlin to classify all of these varieties under the name Deutsche Dogge in their own language, which rather confusingly becomes Great Dane in English.