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    The Great Dane in his noble appearance combines a large, powerful well constructed body with pride, strength and elegance. 


    Brief Description: 

    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.

    Source: FCI


    Links to Breed Descriptions: 

    See: The German Kennel Club (VDH) for information and video (if available).
    (Hint: your browser should be able to Translate to English, at least for text (e.g., right click in Google Chrome or Internet Explorer).)

    http://www.vdh.de/welpen/mein-welpe/deutsche-dogge

    Video Link

    This and other breed videos are available in full length here: www.meisterpetztv.de

     

     

    Video Link

    View more videos on AKC's YouTube Channel

     

     

    SCC Video Link

    View more videos on SCC's YouTube Channel


    Other Names for Breed: 
    • Deutsche Dogge
    • Grand danois
    • Dogue allemand
    • Gran Danés

     


    Country of Origin and Parent Breed Club: 

    Country of origin: Germany


    Health and Well-Being: 

    Some sources of health information include:

    1. National kennel clubs and breed clubs (see, e.g. Breeding/Health Strategy Documents, below)
    2. Population-level statistics (see, e.g., Swedish Insurance Data, below)
    3. Research articles
    4. Breed club surveys


    Breed Standards: 

    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)


    Breed-Specific Statistics: 

    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:

    1. The Kennel Club, UK: Breed Watch
    2. Sweden: Breed-specific Breeding Strategies: (in Swedish) and/ or English summary
    3. Finland: Suomen Tanskandoggi ry: Breeding Strategy Documents
    4. Norway: NORSK GRAND DANOIS KLUBB: RAS

     

    HEALTH SURVEYS

    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)


    Breed-Specific Articles: 

     

     


    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


    Breed-Specific Research: 

     

     


    Breed Clubs: 

    We are listing sites for breed clubs with health or other information that might be helpful. Follow links below.

     

    International

    The Federation of European Great Dane Clubs (EuDDC)

     

    Finland: Suomen Tanskandoggi ry

    Sweden: Svenska Grand Danoisklubben

    France: Le Club Français du Dogue Allemand




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