Great Dane History
The Great Dane is one of the oldest and most noble of all dog breeds. It originated in Germany in the 1800s, descended from a cross between an Irish Wolfhound and a Mastiff-type dog. The German nobility was especially fond of the breed, using them primarily as hunting dogs but also to guard their estates. In 1876, they became the first breed in Germany to be recognized by the German Kennel Club (VDH). In 1879, two Englishmen took two Great Danes back with them to England and within a few years had established enough popularity for this giant breed for it to become known as "English Mastiffs". The American Kennel Club (AKC) officially recognized Great Danes in 1887 under its Working Group classification. Today's modern Great Dane is of mixed breeding that includes Bloodhounds and Greyhounds which gives him a more elegant carriage than was present in older forms of this breed. They are highly sought after affectionate family members who remain loyal watchdogs despite their gentle nature.
Great Dane Characteristics