The Great Dane in his noble appearance combines a large, powerful well constructed body with pride, strength and elegance.
By substance together with nobility, harmonious appearance, well proportioned outlines, as well as an especially expressive head, the Great Dane strikes the onlooker as a noble statue, never coarse or with refined elegance. Perfect in balance and always with clearly defined sexual dimorphism. He is the Apollo amongst all breeds. Friendly, loving and devoted to his owners. Might be reserved towards strangers, but required is a confident, fearless, easily tractable, docile companion and family dog with high resistance to provocation and without aggression.
Links to Breed Descriptions:
See: The German Kennel Club (VDH) for information and video (if available).
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Other Names for Breed:
Country of Origin and Parent Breed Club:
Country of origin: Germany
Health and Well-Being:
Some sources of health information include:
National kennel clubs and breed clubs (see, e.g. Breeding/Health Strategy Documents, below)
Population-level statistics (see, e.g., Swedish Insurance Data, below)
Breed club surveys
There are numerous breed standards.
The basis of breed/conformation shows is the judging of pedigree dogs against the 'Breed Standard', which is a picture in words that describes the range of features that are deemed appropriate for the breed.
Three of the major international standards are:
The American Kennel Club
The Kennel Club, UK
FCI (Federation Cynologique Internationale)
1. Swedish Insurance Data
Breed-specific information on rates of disease and death from Agria Pet Insurance (Agria Djurförsäkring) is available for many breeds.
This breed has information on Veterinary Care and Life Insurance.
Breeding/Health Strategy Documents:
Health/Breeding Strategy Documents and Links:
The Kennel Club, UK: Breed Watch
Sweden: Breed-specific Breeding Strategies: (in Swedish) and/ or English summary
Finland: Suomen Tanskandoggi ry: Breeding Strategy Documents
Norway: NORSK GRAND DANOIS KLUBB: RAS
Australia: Australian Great Dane Health and Lifestyle Survey 2015
Breed-Specific DNA Tests:
The Kennel Club list of DNA tests available for each breed along with an indication as to whether the test is part of the Assured Breeder Scheme (recommended or required) and whether it is recorded on the Kennel Club registration database.
May 2018 - New Health Scheme for Great Danes - Press Release - inherited myopathy of Great Danes (IMGD)
Other Breed-Specific Webpages:
Norway: NORSK GRAND DANOIS KLUBB: Breed presentation
Part 1. & Part 2.
Great Dane Breed Council
Great Dane Education: ARTICLE: The drift towards hyper-types
Author: Bernard DENIS
Professor emeritus at the Ecole vétérinaire de Nantes
Chairman of the Société d’Ethnozootechnie, member of the Scientific Committee of the F.C.I.
Great Dane History: ARTICLE
We are listing sites for breed clubs with health or other information that might be helpful. Follow links below.
The Federation of European Great Dane Clubs (EuDDC)
Finland: Suomen Tanskandoggi ry
Sweden: Svenska Grand Danoisklubben
France: Le Club Français du Dogue Allemand