Great Dane

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Deutsche Dogge ('German Mastiff')
Dänische Dogge ('Danish Mastiff')[1]

The Great Dane (18th Cent. French: Grand Danois), also known as German Mastiff (German: Deutsche Dogge) or Danish Hound (German: Dänischer Hund), is a breed of domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris) known for its giant size.[2] The breed is commonly referred to as the "Apollo of all breeds".[3] The Great Dane is one of the world's tallest dog breeds, they're sometimes called "The World's Largest Lap Dog". The current world record holder, measuring 109 cm (43 in) from paw to shoulder; 220 cm (7.2 ft) from head to tail, is George.[4] The previous Great Dane to hold the world record as tallest living dog was Gibson, who was 3+12 ft (106.7 cm) tall at the withers and 7 ft 1 in (215.9 cm) on his hind legs.[5]

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Description

Appearance

As described by the American Kennel Club, "The Great Dane combines, in its regal appearance, dignity, strength and elegance with great size and a powerful, well-formed, smoothly muscled body. It is one of the giant working breeds, but is unique in that its general conformation must be so well balanced that it never appears clumsy, and shall move with a long reach and powerful drive."[6] The Great Dane is a short haired breed with a strong galloping figure.[7] In the ratio between length and height, the Great Dane should be square. The male dog should not be less than 30 in (76 cm) at the shoulders, a female 28 in (71 cm). Danes under minimum height are disqualified.[6]

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