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This book is part of Hyperink's best little books series. This best little book is over 3,600 words of fast, entertaining information on a highly demanded topic. Based on reader feedback (including yours!), we may expand this book in the future. If we do so, we'll send a free copy to all previous buyers.


Great Danes, sometimes known as German Mastiffs, are powerful dogs with robust, galloping figures and a majestic stance. Their even temper combined with their charming and affectionate nature often leads them to be referred to as gentle giants.

The lineage of the Great Dane can be traced back to at least 36 B.C. where images of the breed appeared on Roman coins. It is possible that their history goes back even further. The American Kennel Club reports how historians have found ancient carvings of animals resembling the Great Dane on Egyptian monuments dated around 3000 B.C. Chinese literature from 1121 B.C. also provides a written description of dogs similar to Great Danes.

One of the tallest dog breeds in the world, the Great Dane could never be described as diminutive in stature. Although the breed is often characterized alongside other giant dog breeds like the Old English Mastiff, New Foundland and the Saint Bernard, in practice it is often a Great Dane that is announced to be the tallest living dog in any one year.


Crate training can be useful when housetraining a Great Dane. A crate with warm bedding and chew toys will allow your dog to indulge in his natural instincts to make a den. Dogs are reluctant to soil the area in which they sleep. Crates must always be introduced gradually and should never be used as a punishment. Keep in mind that the crate will need to be sufficiently large enough to accommodate the rapid growth and size of a Great Dane.

Socializing Your Great Dane

It is imperative that you properly socialize a Great Dane puppy. This process will ensure the emotional health of your dog and the physical safety of people and other animals. You should aim to introduce your dog to a wide variety of people, animals and environments. A Great Dane socialized in this manner will be a happier, more confident dog and less prone to skittish behavior.

The process of socializing your Great Dane should start by introducing him to many different people who should be encouraged to pet him and offer a small treat. Your dog will learn to associate the people around him with positive experiences...

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