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Facts about Great Danes Edit

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The Great Dane is a large German breed of domestic dog known for its giant size. The German name of the breed is Deutsche Dogge, or German Mastiff. The French name is Dogue Allemand. The Great Dane is one of the tallest dog breeds. The record holder for tallest dog was a Great Dane called Zeus, that measured 111.8 cm from paw to shoulder.

Coat colors Edit

  • Brindle
  • Fawn
  • Black
  • Blue
  • Mantle
  • Harlequin

Temperament Edit

Friendly, Confident, Devoted, Gentle, Loving, Reserved, Friendly, patient, & dependable.

Cultural significance Edit

Animation
  • Animation designer Iwao Takamoto based the Hanna-Barbera character Scooby-Doo on a Great Dane. He derived his design from sketches given to him by a Hanna-Barbera employee who bred Danes, and then endeavoured to make Scooby the opposite of a perfect pedigree, with a longer tail, bowed legs, small chin and a sloping back.
  • Elmer, a Great Dane in Oswald the Lucky Rabbit by Walter Lantz
Comic strips
  • Brad Anderson's comic strip character, Marmaduke is a Great Dane.
Mascots
  • The Great Dane was named the state dog of Pennsylvania in 1965, and the University of Iowa had Great Danes, Rex I and Rex II, as mascots before the Hawkeye was chosen.
  • "Great Danes" is the nickname of the University at Albany. Their mascot is the Great Dane.
  • McGruff
Military
  • Just Nuisance was the only dog to be officially enlisted in the Royal Navy. Done mainly as a morale booster for World War II enlisted troops, Nuisance proved to be a lasting legacy of the small Cape Town suburb of Simon's Town.
Movies
  • In each film version of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Hound of the Baskervilles, a Great Dane was cast as the cursed hellhound that kills the Baskerville family.
  • Chestnut: Hero of Central Park revolves around the inventive ways the Great Dane is kept hidden from his new owners.
  • Oliver & Company features Einstein, an ironically-named Great Dane, and a member of Fagin's dog-gang. He is friendly but dull-witted, protective of his friends, and provides the muscle for the gang.
Philosophy
  • An unnamed Great Dane knocks Jean-Jacques Rousseau to the ground in Reveries of a Solitary Walker; he describes the singular feeling of peace and suspended identity that the shock of the collision brings about in him.
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