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  • The Physical Appearance Of The Great Dane

    The Great Dane is huge. There are no two opinions about this fact. The male Great Dane can easily reach and sometimes cross 200 pounds in weight when it stands 32 inches tall. The largest dog in the Guinness Book of Records is a Great Dane from Grass Valley, California, which is 42.2 inches tall! His name is Gibson and the entry was done in 2004.

    The figure looks so imposing that these animals seldom has to bark to scare people off their ‘territory’. It is sufficient to see a Great Dane coming bounding up to you to understand what I mean.

    Not Only Small Is Beautiful

    These dogs look exceptionally elegant despite their inherent clumsiness around things and even people. It is never advisable to have a Great Dane around small children and old people as they can easily knock them down through their well meaning romping. They can look absolutely regal when they stand to attention with their intelligent eyes, sharp ears, muscular body and long strait tail. Most of the times these dogs tend to forget their size and seek your petting and affection just as a tiny dog would do – overwhelming you with its size. This is one of the main reasons why this dog needs to be trained early in its life.

    The ears of this dog are usually floppy and flat on the head. There has been in the past a trend of cropping the ears to have them stand up like that of the Alsatian; however the trend is on its way out, and the floppy-ear look is in.

    The coat of the Great Dane is glossy, coarse and surprisingly thin. Hence, the Great Dane cannot stand cold climates and will need dog-coats if living in places with cold climates. The most popular color is by and large black. The second most popular being fawn color. However, the Great Danes come in a variety of colors, i.e. brindle (fawn with black stripes), Blue, Harlequin (which is white with black spots – and this is a rare species) and Mantle.

    The head of the Great Dane is squarish and huge. They eyes are evenly set facing forward and the ears flopping on the side of the large skull. A practice of cropping the ears has been seen in the past. Initially this practice was serving as a defense mechanism, i.e. it was to prevent the wolf from catching the ears in a fight or the boar for tearing it – owing to the fact that these dogs were used for hunting. Today, however, this practice is followed in some places simply for cosmetic reasons. In rare cases, it is also done to prevent ear infections.

    The personality of the Great Dane is basically that of tolerance, friendly curiosity and high dependability. It is seldom that you will find really aggressive and unsociable Great Danes.

    Attention: To discover how YOU can have the Happiest, Healthiest and Best Behaved Great Dane, get a copy of this Great Dane Guide NOW!

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