You might be thinking to get a Great Dane, or you already have one that livens up your days, so it’s never too late to find out more things about them. Also, if you are afraid of them, and take a step back every time you happen to meet one, reading this will prove useful for you as you have no idea how cool and friendly Great Danes actually are.
Without further ado, here are some cool facts about Great Danes. Let’s jump right in.
They’re not actually… Danes
Let’s start off with the simple things. While you may think Denmark is responsible for this breed of canines, it, in fact, originates from Germany. The naming of this breed, done by Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon, a French Naturalist, was made while the mentioned man was traveling in Denmark and came across this large dog.
They Were Boar Hunters
This might scare you a bit – but don’t worry, in time and with proper training, the fierce factor was pulled out of the Great Dane, which resulted in a dog perfect for your family.
But, initially, these large dogs were used to hunt deer, boars and even bears. Still, they were not all about power and swiftness. They were also in charge of the protection of sleeping princes and princesses from any dangers that might happen to cross their room.
Not Your Ordinary Lap Dog
If you think that, after getting yourself a Great Dane, your lap will not be deemed a great place to sit on, you are in the wrong. Despite their size – of which the Great Danes are aware – they just love to sit in their owner’s lap. The fact that they don’t cover only your lap, but almost your entire body is just an insignificant problem – just pet them, they love you.
Reading this section’s title has probably made you think if using Scooby Snacks as food for your Great Dane puppies will eventually turn them into fearful dogs that are afraid of ghosts. Well, probably not – but Scooby Doo was indeed a Great Dane. As this breed was thought to repel evil spirits and ghosts, the choice to make Scooby a Great Dane was more than natural.
Holders of World Records
If you own a Great Dane, then you should know that one dog part of this breed is the world record holder for the world’s tallest dog. Zeus, also widely known as “the gentle giant” was 44 inches tall and, when he stood on his hind legs, he was 7-foot-4. He was indeed, a big dog – sadly, he passed away, at the age of only 5, in 2014.
Indeed, one Great Dane had the honor to be enlisted in the Navy. This happened in the 1930’s when the dog named Just Nuisance, after being hidden in trains by the conductors many times – without paying for a ticket – joined the navy with the help of the sailors that begun to like him too much.
He used to train with them as his home was the United Services Institute. All of the problems he faced were no longer as members of the Navy were allowed to ride the train without paying anything.
Therefore, Just Nuisance was able to hang around the sailors that loved him so much – even if the Great Dane never set sail for the sea itself. And, when the sad moment of his passing happened, he was granted a funeral with full naval honors.
Three in One
The Great Dane is a specially bred dog. As mentioned, they were used to hunt down boars and even bear, and for this, the perfect combination was required so that the dog could handle these situations.
To achieve the power they have, the creation of the Great Dane consisted in the use of three breeds. Greyhounds were used for optimal speed, and for height, the Irish Wolfhounds were just the perfect choice. And when it comes to muscle mass, Mastiffs have played their role properly. Basically, the Great Dane is a mixture of power, speed, and size – and nowadays gentleness, as well.
Not One, but Two Blue Cross Medals
Usually, when your dog starts peeing here and there or when getting scared, you would probably get a bit angry. But a Great Dane named Juliana was awarded a Blue Cross Medal when she did just that. But wait and hear the rest of the story.
Peeing was involved when, in 1941, a bomb fell on Juliana’s house. With unknown intentions, the Great Dane proceeded with peeing on the very bomb, which actually diffused the bomb – not because it got scared, but because of the urine – and kept the premises of her house safe and sound. And another Blue Cross Medal was awarded to her when, after her owner’s shoe shop caught fire, she ran to to the police station and alerted the authorities.
Do you want a dog that can keep your family safe? Well, two Blue Cross Medals say enough.
Present even in Ancient History
Even if the Great Danes have their origins in Germany, some drawings that closely resemble this breed have been found on Egyptian monuments – and not any type of monuments, but some that are dated back to 3,000 B.C. And to make their history even more interesting, Chinese literature has records of descriptions of dogs quite similar to the Great Danes.
Small Puppies – But not for too long
As you bring your new Great Dane puppy into his new home, you look at how small it is and think that it might weigh about one or two pounds – which is true. However, within just six months, when you will be coming home from work, a Great Dane of around 100 pounds will greet you as soon as you step in.
And they just keep on growing until they reach the age of two or three years old. Well, no wonder they’re called Great Danes.