a long tail

The Great Dane stands higher than any other canine species. A Great Dane named Zeus set the record for the world's tallest dog at an incredible 112 cm from paw to shoulder.

Great Dane like dogs have been around for a long time, appearing on Egyptian monuments from around 3,000 B.C. Ancient Greek art dating back to the 14th century BC features large boarhounds that resemble the Great Dane.

An old breed

The Great Dane originated in the 1600s, when European aristocracy began importing offspring from England that were bred from the English Mastiff and the Irish Wolfhound.

A great mix

The Great Dane is a clear exception to the rule that smaller canines have a longer lifespan than their larger counterparts. Unfortunately, at only 7-10 years, their longevity is among the lowest of all dog breeds.

Dogs with short lifespans

Great Danes were once nicknamed the German Boarhound and the German Dogge or Mastiff. Increased tensions between Germany and other countries led to the Great Dane's name being changed.

A change of name

hound horror star

Great Danes have portrayed the homicidal hellhound in every cinematic production of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Hound of the Baskervilles, even though the author never specified the breed of dog.

A Great Dane named Just Nuisance is the only dog ever enrolled in the Royal Navy. He served in South Africa from 1939-1944, helping to enlist troops for World War II. He was buried with full military honours.

In the navy

Scooby-Doo, a well-known character from a Hanna-Barbera cartoon, is a Great Dane. Scooby-designer Doo's drew inspiration for the character from sketches of a coworker's dog.

Animated heroes

In the 17th century, German nobility favoured the Great Dane's forefathers. They hunted bear, boar, and deer by day and slept with their royal masters at night, guarding them from assassination attempts.

Proud defenders

Cameron Diaz, Harold Lloyd, Adam West, Jayne Mansfield, Shakira, Grace Kelly, and Prince Rainier are just few of the famous people that have owned Great Danes.

Celebrity devotees

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