Great Danes are large lovable dogs that need exercise and space. Many Great Danes are “leaners”– they lean against their people to be closer to them, seemingly oblivious to their size!
Illustration courtesy of the Swedish Kennel Club
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A Great Dane called Zeus is the world record holder for the tallest dog, measuring 44in from paw to shoulder.
About this Breed
The Great Dane was originally bred to hunt wild boar, and was developed from Mastiff-type dogs. However, they are more refined than other descendants of this ancient breed.
With their tremendous size, it’s advisable to teach them good manners and attend puppy training classes. Because of their beauty and gentle nature, more and more people are discovering the Great Dane. They currently rank as the 24th most popular dog breed, according to registrations with the American Kennel Club.
Because of their size, they have a relatively short life span of around eight years old. That means they may take up a huge space in your heart but for only a short amount of time.
Great Danes on Embark
Explore some Embark dogs that share Great Dane ancestry.