History of the Dane
Brief Historical Summary
As forerunners of the present day Deutsche Dogge one must look at the old "Bullenbeisser" (bulldog) as well at the "Hatz-and Sauruden" (Hunting and wild boar hounds) which were midway between the strong English type Mastiffs and a fast, agile Sighthound. The term "Dogge" was first understood to mean a large, strong dog which did not have to be of any particular breed. Later, particular names such as "Ulmer Dogge", "Englische Dogge", "Danische Dogge", "Hatzrude", "Saupacker" and "Grosse Dogge", defined different types of these dogs, according to colour and size. In the year 1878 a committee of seven was formed in Berlin, consisting of active breeders and judges under the chairmanship of Dr.Bodinus, which made the decision to classify all the forenamed varieties as "Deutsche Doggen". Thus the foundation was laid for the breeding of a seperate German breed.
In the year 1880, on the occasion of a show in Berlin, the first standard for Doggen was set down. This has been controlled by the "Deutscher Doggen-Club 1888 e.V." and altered on a number of occasions through the years. The present day version conforms to F.C.I. model.
General Appearance The noble general appearance of the Great Dane combines a tall, strong, well made body with pride, strength and elegance. Through substance paired with nobility, balance, well proportioned outline as well as a specially expressive head, the Great Dane strikes the onlooker as a noble statue. He is the Apollo amongst all dog breeds.