Images of a possible Great Dane have been seen on Greek money as far back as 36 B.C. Drawings of the Great Dane can be found on Egyptian monuments dating to 3000 B.C. Literature about possible Great Danes come from the Chinese dating to 1121 B.C.
The Great Dane may owe inheritance to the Wolfhound, old English Mastiff, and Greyhound. The Great Dane is listed under the Mastiff classification.
"Gentle giant" - Dog Breed Info
The Great Dane has an affectionate, loyal, and reliable temperament. This breed is patient with children, loves everyone, and needs to be with people.
Due to the natural size of the Great Dane, training and leadership must begin in puppy years to establish rules and authority. According to Dog Breed Info, this dog must be taught not to jump or lean on people especially.
- Males weigh 120 to 200 pounds & Females weigh 100 to 130 pounds
*Dogs of larger size receive further attention
- Prone to hip dysplasia, bloat, heart disease, tail injuries
- Prone to mast cell tumors
- Daily walks are a must BUT jogging exercise should wait until at least one year of age
- Under 10 years is the average life span
Source: Dog Breed Info