The history of the breed runs back to the times of ancient Egyptians and Assyrians. Archeologists have found many artifacts, dating back to Babylonian times, and there are images of Dane-like dogs on ancient Egyptian buildings, dating from 3000 B. C.
Great Danes originated in Germany around 400 years ago. They were meant to hunt a wild boar. Naturally enough it’s great size allows some to use the animal as a guard dog. Contrary to some people’s conceptions, this dog is not aggressive. It is known as a friendly, sensitive, intelligent dog. It does perfectly well with children and other pets. Note that the Great Dane prefers living indoors, for human companionship is the most enjoyable thing for this creature.
Great Danes are intelligent dogs and combine dignity, strength, and elegance together with their imposing appearance. However, they require a lot of attention and companionship, same like Maltese Terriers. Great Danes are spirited, courageous, friendly and very dependable. Great Danes can make excellent family pets and is one of the giant working breeds.
They are not the dogs for you if you do not enjoy spending long hours walking accompanied by a merry sensitive creature. It is a giant dog that needs a lot of exercises. Please, think whether you can provide it with enough attention and interaction. Keep in mind that this breed is very sociable. It does not seem to realize how big it is in comparison with other pets. It behaves like a cat sometimes, trying to climb on your lap in search of love.
This breed grows very rapidly. A puppy multiplies its weight almost a hundred times by the age of twelve months. That is why little Danes need a well-balanced food rich in vitamins and minerals. To raise a healthy beautiful dog, one should try really hard. Knowledge is the key to success.
The most intensive growth period in Great Danes averages four months from the birth. Since puppies have fragile bones, they should not be over exercised. Make sure little Great Danes are not exposed to high jumps.
Little cute puppies usually grow into dogs weighing from 135 to 190 pounds. The CKC (Canadian Kennel Club) recorded once a dog weighing 238 pounds and standing 4.5 inches at the shoulder. This fact is likely to impress one who is not ready to supply a dog with a few premium meals a day. Remember that a great-sized dog is not desirable. Do not choose the biggest puppy in the litter since overweight Great Danes are less disease-resistant.
These dogs are the second tallest of all the dog breeds with the Irish Wolfhound as tallest of them all. The dog has an air of dignity and nobility, but it also loves to romp and play. It’s a good idea to begin training early with this dog when it’s still small enough to control! Despite their intimidating size, they are very gentle and will only show anger when provoked. Though it is a large dog, it should not always be kept outside or in a kennel. The Great Dane much prefers and enjoys the comforts of being indoors where it can be close to its family.
For their enormous size and exquisitely regal appearance, Great Danes often are called the Apollo of all dogs. His kind and easy disposition, statuesque standing and noble expression continue to earn him enviable popularity among people of all walks-of-life.