History of the Great Dane Breed 

The great dane is a true giant among breeds, descending from the mastiff. The great dane was developed in Germany to hunt wild boar, and was known as the boar hound when it appeared in America late in the 19th century. While intimidating in size and stature, this is a breed noted for its gentleness and “human-like” compassion. They make excellent family dogs. Its impressive size, family devotion, and gentle nature combine to create a first-rate companion. The breed is highly successful in obedience trials, agility competitions, tracking, scent work, lure-coursing, and therapy dog work. Permissible conformation colors are black, blue, brindle, fawn, harlequin, and mantle.