If you like the Great Dane,
this is the place for you but if you don't maybe you can learn something
new. If you want to get to the Photo Gallery right away scroll down and
click on the book.
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.
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
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.
Awards The Dog House The
Gerbil Cage The Hamster Cage The
Litter Box The
American Stafford Terrier Gallery The Basset
Hound Gallery The Beagle Gallery
The Bernese Mountain Dog Gallery
The Boxer Gallery The Bulldog
Gallery The Cavlier King Charles
Spaniel Gallery The Chow Chow Gallery
The Dalmatian Gallery The
Doberman Pinscher Gallery The English
Setter Gallery The German Pointer
Gallery The German Shepherd Gallery
The Golden Retriever Gallery The
Gordon Setter Gallery The Great Dane Gallery
The Jack Russel Terrier Gallery The
Labrador Retriever Gallery The Mastiff
Gallery The Newfoundland Gallery
The Old English Sheepdog Gallery
The Pembroke and Welsh Corgi Gallery The
Pomeranian Gallery The
Pug Gallery The Rottweiler Gallery
The Saint Bernard Gallery The
Staffordshire Bull Terrier Gallery The
Yorkshire Terrier Gallery Julious's
Doghouse Mercedes's Doghouse
Morgan's Doghouse Sign
my Guestbook View
to Main Page
Please do not take
photos without permission from owners of photos.