Friday, January 8, 2016

Great Danes

Great Danes are often mistaken for having a Denmark background because of the name, however they are actually from Germany. At one point in time they were actually a very common hunting dog. They are believed to have been bred between an Irish wolfhound and an old English mastiff. They were often used to take down wild boars and needed to be physically and mentally strong. Today they are bred to be gentle and are not used as hunting dogs. They no longer have as much aggressiveness so they are often used as show dogs instead of hunters. Scooby Doo was a Great Dane because they are said to be able to get rid of ghosts and evil spirits. Most people believe that Great Danes are the tallest dog, but actually the Irish Wolfhound tends to grow a hair taller than a great dane. Females typically grow to be 28-32 inches tall and males typically grow to be 30-34 inches tall. When Great Danes are born, they usually weigh one to two pounds, but by six months they typically weigh up to 100 pounds. They continue to grow until they are two to three years old.

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