Great Danes, with their imposing size, are like the king of the canines, but they are often called “gentle giants” because of their wonderful disposition. Charming and affectionate, they are playful and patient with children and they tend to love everyone and need to be around people. The Great Dane does not bark much and only becomes aggressive when the circumstances require it. They are reliable, trustworthy and dependable, as well as courageous and loyal. Some of the Great Dane’s talents are tracking, guarding and carting. Despite the fact that they are called Danes in English, they have nothing to do with Denmark and are, in fact, also known as German Mastiffs. This majestic dog was recognized as an official breed in 1887.
Sometime, stop in at Dogma Pet Supply and Dog Wash™, and talk to Craig about his three beautiful Great Danes, a very old breed known as the “Apollo of all dogs.” Dogs resembling the Great Dane have appeared on Greek money dating back to 36 B.C. There are also drawings of these dogs on Egyptian monuments from roughly 3000 B.C. The earliest writings of dogs that sounded like Great Danes were in Chinese literature dating back to 1121 B.C. In 407 A.D. German Gaul and part of Italy and Spain were invaded by an Asiatic people (the Alans) who brought with them powerful mastiff-like dogs. They were admired for their ability to bring down bear and wild boar. The dogs were thought to have been Wolfhound mixed with the Old English Mastiff but with selective breeding the Greyhound was added in to create the Great Dane. Besides being used as a hunter, they were also used as estate guard dogs. Now, as long as they have their daily walk and are well-trained as puppies, they make superb pets – even for apartment dwellers!