The Great Dane, lovingly referred to as the "Gentle Giant" or the "Apollo of Dogs", are a stunning, powerful and adoring breed that has been around since the 1800's. While the noble Great Danes key features have remained unchanged since their establishment, there have recently been new fads popping up everywhere that are referred to as "Euro" Danes, this is a term mostly used by backyard breeders as a marketing ploy. If a breeder gives you a "euro" percentage, navigate away from them as there is absolutely no legitimate way to calculate the percentage in which each individual puppy will receive from both sets of parents, grandparents, etc. 

Likewise, the Great Dane should never look like a Mastiff or Greyhound, although derived from these two breeds many years ago. The Great Dane is it's own breed and should not look more like one or the other. The FCI (European Standards) and AKC (Great Danes Of America Standard) are nearly identical; the same goes for CKC (Canada Kennel Club, Austrailia and many more. 

Whether you're a breeder or a family looking for a pet, it is very important to know and be able to weed out the bad breeders from the good breeders. 

Structure is just as important as health, a poorly structured dog can cause injury to themselves and cause the body to deteriorate much quicker than it should. 

Showing is an amazing tool, not only does this show the breeders dedication to the breed and their desire to improve the breed, but also proves the quality of the dog. It is very important to realize that just because a dog has earned it's AKC Championship does not mean it should be bred, there are many other factors to take into account. 

    Temperament- great danes are considered to be the gentle giants of the canine world. They are amazing family pets and guard dogs, but should not be aggressive in any way. There are a couple different temperament tests that can be performed to test the dogs. AKC has the CGC (Canine Good Citizen) and TT (Temperament Testing) titles that dogs can recieve.

    Health- all health testing should be performs through OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals) or Pennhip. Testing is done and sent off. All tested dogs are scanned for a microchip or tattoo to prove that the dog being tested is in fact the dog that is registered. All tests that are submitted and viewed by the veterinarians at OFA can be viewed on their website, the only thing you will need is the dogs registration name or number. 

Any breeder you are considering should be willing to allow you to come to their home to observe and interact with the adults and puppies.

Below are some educational links from which all this information is derived from.

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