The Great Dane is one of the most easily recognizable dog breeds around the world, not for no reason.
Their overshadowing size is such that they make everyone around - human or non-human, look pretty small in comparison.
But that doesn't imply they mean any harm, they are quite gentle, loving, and caring companions.
Here are five facts about Great Danes you should know.
They have a misleading name
Despite being called the Great Dane, these dogs have nothing to do with Denmark. In fact, their roots are tied to Germany.
Legend has it that the name caught up when French naturalist, Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon took notice of the breed while traveling to Denmark in early 1700s. He called the breed le Grande Danois (translated: Great Dane), and hence the name.
They were once used for hunting boars
These gentle giants are today believed to have been bred from the Irish Wolfhound and the old English Mastiff.
Initially, they used to be super powerful, quick and deadly, and were therefore used to take down wild boars.
However, their strength and temperament is pretty calm as of today, when compared to their previous avatar.
They hold several world records
A Great Dane, named Zeus holds the Guinness World Record for being the world's tallest dog. He was 7-foot, 4-inches tall when he stood on his hind legs. Sadly, he died in 2014 aged 5.
Moreover, the tallest living dog also happens to be a Dane. He goes by the name Freddy, and measures around 41 inches.
Great Danes grow really fast, but have a short lifespan
Growth: At birth, Great Danes weigh merely one or two pounds. But within just half a year, they can weigh as much as 100 pounds. They continue to grow until they are two/three years old.
Lifespan: Generally speaking,Great Danes have a short lifespan. They live for 6-8 years.
Fun fact: Your favorite cartoon doggy, Scooby Doo is also a Great Dane.