Great Dane

Due to the Great Dane’s stature and regal appearance, it became known as the, “Apollo of dogs.”  The Great Dane’s popularity in the United States can be shown in the many media portrayals of the breed.  For example, Scooby Doo, Marmaduke, and the Jetson’s dog Astro were all Great Danes.  Today, Great Dane’s are popular family pets especially in urban areas like Chiacgo, and are well loved all around the world.

Although Great Dane’s are most commonly known for their great large size, the breed is also known for its positive temperament.  The tallest dog in the world is a Harelquin Great Dane  called Herucles. The Great Dane is a dignified, yet kind and affectionate dog-perfect for Chicago city living.  Great Danes are sweet, playful, and patient-they are the clowns of the giant dog breeds.  They are very friendly dogs, and are only aggressive if provoked-due their historical use as a personal guard dog. Great Danes were originally created to be personal guard dogs for German nobility. Danes lived in the house with the nobility and also paced the horse as the knights made their rounds to patrol territory.

The Great Dane is responsible, dependent, and loyal.  The Great Dane is a breed that is commonly referred to as a, “Gentle giant.”  The appearance of the Great Dane is something that dog lovers are drawn to.  When you wald down the street with a Great Dane you get the attention that is ordinarily reserved for a rock star. Great Danes stop traffic.  The Great Dane is one of the tallest breeds.  Males can stand between 30 and 40 inches tall, while females are generally between 28 and 38 inches tall.  The weight of this breed is also very impressive.  Males can weigh between 120 and 250 pounds, and females weigh between 100 and 180 pounds.  The Great Dane has an elegant appearance that portrays dignity, strength, and regality.  The body of the Great Dane is smooth and muscular.  The ears are either folded or cropped to stand erect.  The coat of the Great Dane is short, thick, and very smooth.  There are many coat colors that are common for the Great Dane breed.  Fawn, blue, black, brindle, Harlequin, and mantle are the main coat colors of the Great Dane.  Harlequin describes a coloration that is mainly white with black patches.  The mantle color is mainly black, with a white chest and sometimes white feet.  The temperament and appearance of the Great Dane make this breed very popular to Chicago dog lovers and others around the world.

The American Kennel Club (AKC) recognizes the Great Dane as a breed in the working group.  Although the Great Dane was brought to the United States in the early 19th century, it wasn’t recognized by the AKC as an official breed until 1887.  It was actually in Chicago where the breed had gained the most popularity.  In 1889, the German Mastiff or Great Dane Club of America was founded in Chicago.     The Great Dane is large but friendly, and therefore is a popular companion in households in Chicago and around the country.  Although the Great Dane needs plenty of exercise, it may do okay in  Chicago apartment style living.  Many people in the city of Chicago have Great Danes as pets.  If they do not have a yard for the dog to run around in, they make sure to take their Great Dane on long daily walks.  The Great Dane is gentle and therefore is good with children, granted the children are kind to the dog.  As long as you are willing to put the effort into exercising and loving a Great Dane, any Chicago family would be lucky to have this breed as a pet and companion.