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  Great Dane 

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Registration: All Great Danes are registrable with the United Canine Association and eligible to participate in all UCA sanctioned dog shows and events.

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The United Canine Association recognized and began recording registration for the Great Dane in 2002.
                                        

  


Breed Characteristics: 
The Great Dane is a giant dog that combines nobility with robustness and power.  The Great Dane should display strength and elegance with great size and a powerful, well-formed, smoothly muscled body.

The Great Dane is indeed only one of several giant working canine breeds, but is unique in that its general conformation is so well balanced that it never appears clumsy, and moves with a long reach and powerful drive.  
                      
A Great Dane must be spirited, courageous, never timid, always friendly and dependable.  This physical and mental combination is the characteristic which gives the Great Dane the majesty possessed by no other dog breed.  It is particularly true of this breed that there is an impression of great masculinity in dogs, as compared to an impression of femininity in bitches

                     
Country of Origin:  The Great Dane originated in Germany.

 

Original Purpose:
 The ancestors of the Great Dane include British mastiffs and possibly wolfhounds, brought to Europe, first by the Romans and later by German aristocrats seeking to improve their hunting dogs.  Despite its name, the Great Dane is a German breed. 

During the 15th and 16th centuries, German forests were filled with game, and hunting wild boar with dogs was a favorite pastime of German nobility.  Each lord kept large numbers of boarhounds, which they carefully bred to improve their size, power, and endurance. 

When game in the forests began to dwindle, the large breeding kennels disappeared but the Great Dane continued to be a favorite with German aristocrats. 

Great Danes were exhibited at the first German Dog show in 1863, and the first Danes were imported into the United States not long thereafter. 


Today's Uses: 
Today the Great Dane is a popular family companion for people who admire their regal appearance and affectionate personalities.


Coat: 
Great Danes require minimal grooming of their shorthaired coat. Comb, brush and dry shampoo when necessary. 


Color:
  The Great Dane can be brindle, fawn, blue, black or harlequin (white is preferable with all black or all blue patches).  Great Danes can can also have a mantle pattern, which is black with a white collar and chest, a white muzzle, and white on all or part of the legs
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Temperament:
 Great Danes are alert, lively and happy.  The Great Dane loves to play, are very good with children, and are very affectionate.  Great Danes are easy going, intelligent and trainable.  The Great Dane should be spirited, courageous, always friendly and dependable, and never timid or aggressive.


With Children: 
Great Danes can be excellent with children, but should be supervised due to the large size of the breed.  Great Danes are very sensitive and need to be treated kindly.  


Other Pet Compatibility:  Great Danes are a large and strong breed so owner supervision is recommended with smaller pets.


Trainability:
  Great Danes are a large and strong breed so owners will also need to be physically strong to handle them. The Great Dane is an intelligent breed, which is also deemed sensitive so the Great Dane needs firm but very encouraging training methods combined with plenty of positive reinforcement and praise.


Activity Level:
 
The Great Dane needs plenty of exercise and enjoy long daily walks. 


Life Expectancy:
  The Great Dane has an average life expectancy of 7-10 years.

Breed Standard: Great Dane
                      
General Impression :  Very muscular, strongly though elegantly built, with look of dash and daring, of being ready to go anywhere and do anything.  Head and neck carried high, tail in line with back, or slightly upwards, but never curled over hindquarters.  Elegance of outline and grace of form most essential.  Alert expression, powerful, majestic action displaying dignity.

Temperament :  Disposition should be outgoing and happy.  While a watchful nature may be expected at home, human aggression without provocation is a disqualifying fault.

Head and Skull :  The Great Dane head is proportionate to the size of the dog, long, rectangular, narrow and finely chiseled, especially below the eyes.

When viewed from the side, the Great Dane's skull and muzzle are of equal length, straight, parallel to one another, and joined by a strongly pronounced stop.  Viewed from above, the planes of the skull and foreface are parallel and the bridge of the nose is very broad.  Gender difference is readily apparent.  Correct head formation is essential to Great Dane breed type.


The skull of the Great Dane is narrow, long and nearly flat, with parallel sides. The cheeks are clean and cheek muscles are not prominent.

Ears :
 
The ears of the Great Dane are triangular, medium size, set high on skull and folded forward, not pendulous or hound like.

Muzzle :  When viewed from the side, the Great Dane muzzle is long, equal in length to the skull, and rather deep.  The underline of the lower jaw is nearly parallel to the bridge of the muzzle. The end of the muzzle is blunt, and almost perpendicular to the upper and lower lines of the jaw, forming a distinctly rectangular muzzle. The bridge of the muzzle is very broad, so that the end of the muzzle, viewed from the front, appears almost square.  Faults: Muzzle too long or too short; loose, fluttering lips.

Teeth: 
The Great Dane has a complete set of evenly spaced, white teeth meeting in a scissors bite The jaw of the Great Dane is strong with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.  The teeth are level.

Eyes :
 
Fairly deep set, not giving the appearance of being round, of medium size and preferably dark.  Non symmetrical eyes permissible in harlequins.

Nose :
 
The nose should be a solid color.  Lacking pigment should be considered non preferred.  Fault:  Completely pink nose (a small amount is acceptable).

Neck
Neck long, well arched, quite clean and free from loose skin, held well up, well set in shoulders, junction of head and neck well defined.

Body :  Very deep, brisket reaching elbow, ribs well sprung, belly well drawn up. Back and loins strong, latter slightly arched.

Forequarters
Shoulders muscular, not loaded, well sloped back, with elbows well under body. Forelegs perfectly straight with big flat bone.

Hindquarters
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Extremely muscular, giving strength and galloping power.  Second thigh long and well developed, good turn of stifle, hocks set low, turning neither in nor out.

Feet
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Round, tight both front and rear coming from strong pasterns.  Neither turning in or out.  Toes well arched and close, nails strong and curved.  Nails preferably dark in all coat colors, except harlequins, where light nails are permissible.  Fault:  Weak  pasterns and/or splayed feet.

Height
: 
The preferred heights for Great Danes are - Females: 28 - 30 inches; Males 30 - 32 inches when measured at the shoulders.

Weight
: 
The minimum weight for an adult Great Dane should be, females 100 lbs and 120 lbs for adult males.

Coat : 
The of the Great Dane is short, dense and sleek-looking, never inclined to roughness.

Color :  The Great Dane can be brindle, fawn, blue, black or harlequin (white is preferable with all black or all blue patches).  Great Danes can can also have a mantle pattern, which is black with a white collar and chest, a white muzzle, and white on all or part of the legs.

Tail :
 
The Great Dane posses a tail that is thick at the base, tapering towards end, reaching to or just below hocks.  The tail is carried in straight line level with back, when the Great is moving, slightly curved towards end, but never curling or carried over the back.

Gait / Movement :  Action lite, springy and free, covering ground well. Hocks move freely with driving action, head carried high.

 
 

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