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Great Dane

Breed origin: Germany
Original purpose: Originally boar hunting, later estate guard dog.

AKC recognized: 1887
AKC group: Working

Size: Height: males at least 30 inches; females at least 28 inches
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Color: Brindle with or without a black mask, fawn (yellow gold) with a black mask, blue, black, black and white.

Life span: 8 to 10 years.

General characteristics/temperament: The Great Dane is spirited, powerful, courageous, elegant, friendly, gentle, and loving. They are extremely large and are sometimes referred to as the "king of dogs", but they make excellent family companions because of their gentle and dependable nature.

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Good with children? Yes with proper supervision.

Protective? Yes

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Intelligent? Yes

Energy/Activity Level: Moderate

Suitable canine sports/activities: conformation, obedience, agility, rally

Known health problems: Gastric dilatation volvulus, hip dysplasia, dilated cardiomyopathy, blindness, deafness.

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Recommended books for further reading:

Great Dane (A Comprehensive Owner's Guide)
By S. William Haas
Published in 2003
158 pages

A New Owner's Guide to Great Danes
By Jill Swedlow
Published in 1997
160 pages

Great Danes (A Complete Owner's Manual)
By Joe Stahlkuppe
Published in 2002
96 pages

Great Dane (Your Happy Healthy Pet)
By Jill Swedlow
Published in 1998
160 pages

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Other websites for additional information:

American Kennel Club breed page
Great Dane Club of America
Wikipedia breed information page
Great Dane Club of America Rescue

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