Where Are Great Danes From?
Despite the name, the Great Dane is a breed of German origin. They are the tallest of the mastiffs and known as “Gentle Giants.” There are many theories surrounding the evolution of the Dane, some of which note them as descendants of the Tibetan Mastiff, Irish Wolfhound, or English Mastiff. Regardless of origin, the Germans developed a very powerful dog that was incredibly successful at hunting wild boar.
The Great Dane has a variety of names, most of which do not refer to the breed’s German heritage. In the late 19th century, the Dane was officially given the name Deutsche Dogge (German Mastiff), but this moniker is not utilized in most countries.
Today’s Danes are much gentler and more patient than their predecessors, though they will protect their families with a fierceness that reflects their heritage.