Dog Breed Group: Working Dog
Life Span: 7-10 years
Weight: Male: 64-80, Female: 50-63.5
Height: Male: 30-32, Female: 28-30
Origin of Name: The Great Dane, also known as the German Mastiff or Deutsche Dogge.
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No one is sure how or why a German breed was associated with Denmark. (In Germany they are known as Deutsche Dog or "German Dog"). We know that at one time, German nobles used dens to hunt ferocious wild boars. Later, Danes became famous as a protector of his home and loved ones, a job he is still happy to perform.