Breeds of dogs: Great Dane German

Breeds of dogs: Great Dane German

Origin, classification and history

Origin: Germany.
F.C.I classification: Group 2 - pinscher, schnauzer, molossoid type dogs and Swiss cattle dogs.

German Dane (simply called Great Dane) is also known as "Great Danish", although in fact it has nothing to do with Denmark. Its derivation is thought to be due to crossbreeds between large mastiff dogs and greyhounds. Scholars argue that these crossings were made thanks to the importation of large dogs and greyhounds by Phoenician traders who plowed the Mediterranean by exchanging rare goods such as some large molossoids. A theory of origin, which many believe to be more valid, is that the people of the "Alans", who were a nomadic people of Iran, emigrated to Central Europe in antiquity, bringing the great Molossians to their side; hence the Italian term "Alano". It is a breed that is now widespread and known everywhere.

General aspect

LAlano is one of the largest breeds, mesomorphic mesocephalic. Despite being a large dog, it is not massive and stocky, but on the contrary, it is slender and slender. Its head is imposing and its lines are exceptionally elegant on the whole. By some it is referred to as the "molosso par excellence".


Excellent watchdog. Kind to the family who takes care of him, but unsuitable for being with children, not so much for his character but only exclusively for his size. He would never attack a person for no reason; he is always loyal and faithful. His expressive head makes the master understand all his intentions. He is a very affectionate dog, who would be willing to do anything for those who look after him. He loves to go for walks with his master very much and never goes away from him. It is a breed that cannot disappoint in character.

Great Dane Harlequin (website photo)

Great Dane Harlequin (website photo)


- males at least 80 cm
- females at least 72 cm
Weight: 45-55 kg

Trunk: with construction in the square. The height at the withers is approximately equal to the length of the trunk. The back is short. The belly is well raised.
Head and muzzle: very important aspect for this breed. It is elongated, narrow and with a beautiful expression. The muzzle is full with abundant lips. Ears attached high; sometimes they are cut long and pointed.
Truffle: on the same line as the nasal bridge and must be large and voluminous. Always dark in color.
Teeth: regularly aligned, complete in number and highly developed. Scissor closure.
Neck: long and dry. It must be attached high. Muscular with well-fitting skin.
Skin: adhering to the body in all its parts.
Limbs: always upright, strong and muscular. In the hindquarters the thigh must be broad and with good muscle mass. Strong joints.
Shoulder: long and oblique shoulder blades, forming an angle with a forearm between 100 ° and 110 °, calculated by tracing the direction of the shoulder blade and that of the humerus (therefore of the arm and not the forearm). This allows greater amplitude in the step.
Musculature: developed and evident throughout the body.
Upper line: straight, robust and taut.
Tail: of right length. It must reach the height of the rear hocks. The hairline is high.
Proportions: construction in the square.
Hair: of equal length throughout the body; smooth, thick and shiny.
Allowed colors: brindle, fawn, black, blue, white and black (called Arlecchino).
Most common defects: prognathism, enognatism, convergence and divergence of the craniofacial axes, cryptorchidism, monorchidism, colors other than those indicated by the standard, straight shoulder, ambit, non-standard measures, clear eye, lack of premolars.

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