Breed History / Description

Despite the name, the origins of the breed lie in Germany where its ancestors were heavier in type and used as hunting dogs, hunting in packs for wild boar. Some breed enthusiasts still believe they are a sighthound and could be classified in the Hound group. Certainly the hunting instinct is still there, although the breed is now taller and more elegant than its ancestors. He has a degree of nobility which has led him to be described as the Apollo of dogs. Despite the size, the Great Dane makes a wonderful family dog: he has dash and daring but is also kind and loyal to his family.


Alert expression, powerful, majestic action displaying dignity. 


Kindly without nervousness, friendly and outgoing.

Club, K., 2018. The Kennel Club's Breed Standards. 5th ed. London SW1V 2SA: Ebury Press.

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