Illustration of Great Dane

Despite the name, the origins of the breed lie in Germany where its ancestors were heavier in type and used as hunting dogs, hunting in packs for wild boar. Some breed enthusiasts still believe they are a sighthound and could be classified in the Hound group. Certainly the hunting instinct is still there, although the breed is now taller and more elegant than its ancestors. He has a degree of nobility which has led him to be described as the Apollo of dogs. Despite the size, the Great Dane makes a wonderful family dog: he has dash and daring but is also kind and loyal to his family.

The Working Breed Group

Over the centuries these dogs were selectively bred to become guards and search and rescue dogs. Arguably, the working group consists of some of the most heroic canines in the world, aiding humans in many walks of life, including the Boxer, Great Dane and St. Bernard. This group consists of the real specialists in their field who excel in their line of work.

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