Great Danes, despite their ginormous stature, are actually quite the gentle giants. They’re one of the world’s largest breeds that can be traced back to 3000 B.C based on drawings on ancient Egyptian monuments. Great Danes are characterized by their long, yet rectangular head and highly set ears, which can be cropped straight or left naturally with a fold. Great Danes require plenty of exercise. If properly exercised, they can do well in apartments since they are quite docile indoors. Regardless, these gentle giants are wonderful, caring creatures that can make great family pets.
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Top 10 Facts:
1. Great Danes are speculated to have originated from crossbreeding Wolfhounds and Old English Mastiffs.
2. During the 16th century, European nobility would import large dogs that, what we know today as Great Danes.
3. Nobility would use them to hunt, but the most favorite dogs were kept in the nobilities bedchambers at night.
4. Scooby-Doo, the protagonist of the cartoon Scooby-Doo is a Great Dane.
5. A Great Dane would do best in a house with a large yard.
6. Franklin D. Roosevelt’s son Franklin Jr. left his Great Dane, name President at the white house during FDR’s presidency.
7. They’re patient, playful, crave human interaction, reliable, and loving–all characteristics that make for a great watchdog.
8. Great Danes come in many colors, fawn, brindle, blue, black, harlequin, mantle, or grey merle.
9. They require minimal grooming since they have smooth, short coats.
10. Great Danes are short living dogs; their lifespan averages 10 or less years.