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Great Dane

The gentle giant... (other names: Grand Danois, Deutsche Dogge, Dogue Allemand, Alano)

Great Dane
origin:Germany
life expectancy:9-10 years
classification:Mastiff
height:71 to 86 cm
weight:45 to 90 kg
exercise: Mediumtraining: Reasonablefeeding: Demandingsize: Giant
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History [ edit ]

The Great Dane, also known as Deutsche Dogge, Dogue Allemand, Grand Danois and Alano, is an ancient, giant breed of dog known for its affectionate and gentle personality. Contrary to what the name seems to indicate, the Great Dane have not originated in Denmark and although its ancestors are controversial (some Greek coins dating back to 36 B.C. depict a dog very similar to the modern Great Dane) it is generally believed that it has been brought from Asia into Europe by the Alans (some Alan tribes came west during the 4th century). The powerful mastiff-like Alan dogs were crossbred with the Greyhound an the English Mastiff. Other experts say that the Great Dane stemmed from the German Bullenbeisser dogs. Whatever its ancestry may be, the Great Dane, commonly referred to as the Gentle Giant and  the Apollo of Dogs  is the national dog of Germany. Once used to chase wild boar in its native country, the Great Dane became to its many followers a loving companion, the dog of the dogs.
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