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Great Dane Dog Breed
Always an amazing sight to
see, the Great Dane is a very large dog that is said to be the result
of the Greyhound and the ancient Molossus war dog. These ancestors
helped the Great Dane to be a fearless hunter of big game. By the 14th
century, these dogs were widely known for their agility and strength to
hunt down wild boar. They proved to have the speed, courage, strength,
and stamina to take down these tough, large animals.
Eventually the Great Dane became very popular with the landed gentry
because of their hunting ability, combined with its graceful, yet
intimidating appearance. These were noble dogs that made the perfect
addition to any upper-class family.
The early name for this dog was actually referred to as “German
Boarhounds” by the local British people. When and why the name Great
Dane came to define these dogs is unknown and remains a mystery.
Interestingly enough, you would assume that it's homeland would be with
the Danish because of its name. However, it is actually a German breed
which, in 1880, the German authorities tried to officially claimed its
name as the Deutsche Dogge. However, this name did not stick and by the
time these dogs arrived in America during the late 1800s, the name
“Great Dane” has been the official name ever since.
Personality: The temperament
of the Great Dane is a combination of dependability, friendliness, and
courage. They are generally very friendly towards other household pets,
humans, and even children. However, with small kids this dog is
typically a bit intimidating. As with any dog, the Great Dane should be
supervised when around your young ones.
Taking Care Of Your Great Dane: Upkeep for the Great Dane does not take
much; daily moderate exercise in the form of a brisk walk two to three
times per day is adequate. Many people assume that because of its large
sturdy appearance, Great Danes can live outdoors. But the truth is that
it is not suited for outdoor living at all. The best thing to do is to
split the dog's time up between staying outside during the day and
inside at night. Care for its coat is minimal, requiring only the
occasional brushing. Also, many Great Danes tend to drool often.
Health Information: Great Danes are generally very healthy with minimal
health issues that show up. Major health problems often seen are
osteosarcoma, gastric portion, and cardiomyopathy. Minor issues include
OCD, hypothyroidism, CHD, HOD, and Wobbler's syndrome (known as CVI).
Because of its large size, the lifespan of the average Great Dane is
between 7 and 10 years.
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