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Dog Breed Information The Great Dane
Country of Origin: Germany
The Great Dane was originally developed as a boar hound in the 16th century. Proclaimed to be the national breed of Germany in 1876, this large dog is believed to be a cross between a Mastiff and an Irish Wolfhound.
The Great Dane is large, muscular and squarely built. They weigh 100 to 135 pounds, are 28 to 32 inches in height and live approximately 7 to 10 years. This beautiful giant comes in many colors including: fawn, brindle, black, blue and white (with colored patches). Great Danes that are gray with dark patches do exist, however, they are not recognized by any kennel club.
This gentle giant makes a great companion. Their kind temperament make them wonderful family pets, however, their large size can be a problem if you do not have the space to accommodate them.

This breed needs an experienced dog owner who is willing to spend time in the areas of training and socialization. Training should start, be consistent, and based on positive reinforcement. The Great Dane is very sensitive and does not react well to yelling or harsh training techniques.
The Great Dane is friendly, intelligent and dignified. Because of their size they are prone to health problems such as hip and elbow dysplasia, eye disorders, and heart defects. They also have the tendency to slobber and produce bad smells (they are gassy dogs!). Great Danes need moderate amounts of exercise. They enjoy long walks and off-leash running. Though this breed does well with children, parents should use caution as their size can be over-powering to young children and the elderly.
If you are interested in learning more about this wonderful, giant breed, please visit: The American Kennel Club of America

If you are interested in adopting a Great Dane, please visit: Petfinder. Remember:
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