Our mission, as advocates of the Great Dane breed is to educate and inspire breeders and owners to raise healthy and happy Danes with responsibility and ethics. Remember - pets are a lifelong commitment.
Sometimes referred to as the Apollo of Dogs, Great Danes are stunning creatures that are revered for their grace, power, and majesty the world over. Originally bred to hunt the fearsome wild European boar, Danes were painstakingly hand-picked and bred for to demonstrate courage, loyalty, patience, and above all else - size and strength.
Learn more about the Great Dane breed in our comprehensive Great Dane Guide.
Dogs resembling the Great Dane are found illustrated in the pictorial remains of ancient Greece dating back to the 13th and 14th centuries.
The predecessors of Great Danes were known as German Boarhounds, who were interbred with German Mastiffs, a luxury estate dog breed, to increase their stature. The name Great Dane was only introduced after tensions in Europe began to develop around 1930. These massive animals have been used throughout the canine world to increase the size and strength of Austrian Boarhounds and Irish Wolfhounds.
Officially recognized as a breed by the American Kennel Club in 1887, Great Danes are well-known to develop and grow at near astronomical rates, both physically and mentally. Danes weighing around 5-8 pounds at one month of age, and can easily weigh about 65-100 pounds at 6-months of age. This pace begins to slow - much to the relief of their owners - at about 18 months when they should measure in at about 30-32 inches tall at the shoulder, depending on gender. They are intelligent, curious animals who admire and care for their owners with intensity - often with loveable, awkward affection.
Great with kids and families, Great Danes have earned a cheery reputation as one of the dog world’s most recognizable breeds, benefitting from owners who can dedicate ample amounts of meaningful interaction to develop strong bonds. These gentle giants are truly remarkable creatures that deserve your attention, and lend well to active lifestyles enjoyed with friends and family abound.
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