The Great Dane

Dogs resembling the Great Dane have been seen in drawings in Egyptian tombs dating back to 2200 BC. They were shorter of leg and resembled mastiffs in body type. These types of dogs made their way via traders to many other countries. It was in Germany that the breed was further developed into the dog that we recognise today. It is thought that the original mastiff type was crossed with a greyhound to give the agile, slender dog that is known as a Great Dane

While their origins may be debate, it is clear that it is thought the dogs originated in Germany. Early in their development, they were used as watchdogs and guards, and as such, are well known for their guardian instincts. The origins of the name “Danes” is not known, but engenders a lot of confusion.

It is thought that the breed was named after the city of Dan,suggesting that the dog came from the Peninsula of Germany and not Denmark.

They are tall with a long body, but lean bones and stays surprisingly healthy. Their heads are large and are proportionate to their bodies. The most noticeable feature of the Great Dane dog breed is their head. They have a large head and a short muzzle. Although in some cases, they can have a short muzzle, it tends to be the rule in this breed. T

hey kind of look like mastiffs in the way that they are bulky with a short muzzle, but they have a big impact in their face. Along with the short muzzle, they are also stocky. And they have a great, deep chest.



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