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Breed origin: Germany
Original purpose: Originally boar hunting, later estate guard dog.
AKC recognized: 1887
AKC group: Working
Height: males at least 30 inches;
females at least 28 inches
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Brindle with or without a black mask, fawn (yellow gold) with a black mask, blue, black, black and white.
8 to 10 years.
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.
Good with children?
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Yes with proper supervision.
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Suitable canine sports/activities:
conformation, obedience, agility, rally
Known health problems:
Gastric dilatation volvulus, hip dysplasia, dilated cardiomyopathy, blindness, deafness.
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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