It has come to my attention through watching the activity on my blog that many people wind up here because of a photo I once posted of a Very Large Great Dane named George. Because there is so much interest in Great Danes (Official State Dog of Pennsylvania!), and because I think most visitors will leave my blog disappointed in not finding exactly what they want to know about Great Danes, I thought it might be helpful to put together a page of links to sites dealing with Great Danes.
First, here is an article from the Daily Mail in the U.K. about George, which includes some more photos of this giant fellow. (George died in Tucson, Arizona in October of 2013, just one month shy of his 8th birthday.)
Here is the American Kennel Club information about the breed. Might a Great Dane be the right dog for you?
If you answered that question ‘yes,’ then Danes Online will help you find a breeder. They also have links to interesting stories about Great Danes as well as many photographs. (n.b. when I searched their ‘ads this week’ section it was dated March 2012, which is quite out-of-date.)
Or better yet, why not rescue a Great Dane in need of a good home? Info on that is here.
There is a magazine dedicated to Great Danes called the Great Dane Gazette. It has tons of ads, and takes quite a while to load, but if you wade through the commercial stuff you’ll be rewarded with some of the inside scoop from the world of Great Dane showmanship – the judges, owners, breeders and so forth.
Animal Planet has a video about the breed, which you can try to watch here. I found it took forever to load, and then was poorly buffered, but maybe you’ll have better luck. While they describe Great Danes as gentle giants, my personal experience with this breed has been otherwise.
I’m a great dog-lover and have seldom met a dog I didn’t like and who didn’t at least tolerate me. There have been two dramatic exceptions, though – both Great Danes. When I was in college a Dane attacked me without provocation as I was crossing a campus field. Fortunately I had a book-bag stuffed with books and was able to keep pushing that in the dog’s mouth so he couldn’t chew me. Books and bag were a total loss, but I escaped unharmed.
Some years later I was visiting friends who had five children and a Great Dane. I knew the dog didn’t like me, and that made me cautious around him. One day I passed my friends’ living room window during a swim date in their back yard. The dog lunged at me through the window. The living room window broke; fortunately the storm window held and the dog couldn’t get me. Within the year the dog had bitten one of the children and had to be put down.
When it comes to being leery of this breed, though, I am in a minority. Louise Peterson, a sculptor, is a lover of Great Danes and a contributor to their rescue.
Finally, here is a page with many, many more links than I’ve given you here. Photos, training, health, grooming, you’ll find it all here. I hope these links will take you to the information you really want on Great Danes. And if you have any interest in Italy, take a look around this blog. Thanks for visiting.
In September, 2012, Zeus entered the Guinness Book of World Records as the World’s Tallest Dog:
You can read a story about it here.
Here’s a photo of a local Great Dane from Tempe, Arizona, named Sally. She has the unusual attribute of differently colored eyes, one blue, one brown.