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, mantle, and merle.




Looking for places to train your dog? Classes held here!

Please contact the training facility directly for more information on attending listed events.

Holds conformation, obedience, and rally classes. CGC evaluator.

Website: https://www.rocwindk9.com

Phone: 303-364-8586

Veterinary Specialists

It is important to find veterinary care that is the right fit for you and your Danes. If you are looking for a vet, here are some that our club members utilize. 

Health Certifications

Dogs can come with a wide variety of genetic defects. Responsible breeders test that their dogs are free of such defects before they breed them, thus a purebred dog from a responsible breeder is more likely to be more healthy than one from an irresponsible breeder that does not test. It is recommended that Great Danes be screened for the following prevalent health concerns:

  • Hip dysplasia
  • Eye examination
  • Autoimmune thyroiditis
  • Cardiac Evaluation

To learn more about recommended health screenings and certifications:


The official term for dog shows is conformation — as in, the act of conforming or producing conformity. While a dog show may look like a beauty pageant, it’s not. Dogs are not being compared to each other; they’re being measured by how closely they conform to the standard of their particular breed. Why? Because the closer a dog’s appearance is to the breed’s standard, the better that dog’s ability will be to produce puppies that meet the standard.

To learn more about how you can get started, visit AKC Conformation.

Sporting Events

Companion Sports

Companion events demonstrate the deep companionship between you and your dog. In these events, you and your dog train together to demonstrate the bond that forms between a well-trained dog and his owner. These events include:

  • Obedience - one of the oldest AKC sporting events, you train your dog to be well-behaved both at home and in public places
  • AKC Rally - you and your dog navigate side-by-side through a course of 10-20 differnet tasks

Performance Sports

Participating in performance sports allows your dog to show off their skills in performing practical functions that come naturally to them. These events include:

  • Fast CAT - see how fast your dog can run! A timed run where your dog chases a lure simulating prey
  • Scent Work - a challenging activity that gives your dog an oppotunity to use his strongest natural sense

Therapy Work

Therapy work can be rewarding for both dog and owner to help improve the lives of other people. By volunteering through organizations such as the Alliance of Therapy Dogs you can help provide a valuable sense of reassurance, joy, or calmness to those who may need it. 

AKC Family Dog Program

Training and socialization are essential and the AKC Family Dog programs encourage you and your dog to work together to master basic skills, help you to build a lifelong bond, and recognize you and your dog for these efforts through title certifications.