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      History: Traceable back some four hundred years as a distinct breed, it is known in its native  Germany as the Deutscher dogge.  Probably a mixture of ancient breeds, its suffested 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, dignigied appearance, and reputation as an affectionate companion and loyal guard dog. 
        Body: Well boned and muscled, the Great Dane is among the tallest of dog breeds. It has a rather sqare 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, haging down. The coat is short, thick, smooth, shiny, and colors range from fawn and a yellow-gold brindle, both with a black mask, to a pure steel blue, entirely black, or even harlequin.

        Character:  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 very gentle playmate and loyal guardian for them.
On the other hand, this powerful 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: Only brief daily brushing is needed to maintain its glossy short coat, and its nails need not be cut if worn down naturally by exercise.

        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 abnormalties to develop. Rather, a puppy should be given plenty of space to freely exercise on its own. As this dog is a ravenous eater, food and exercise must be very carefullly balanced.

        Training:  Very early obedience training is a must, although it instinctively has a strong sense of responsibility.

    Puppies: Usually, there ar five to twelve puppies, if there ears are to be cropped, this should be done at about eight weeks of age.
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