Great Dane

Great Dane


: a very large type of dog

Full Definition of GREAT DANE

:  any of a breed of tall massive powerful smooth-coated dogs

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Great Dane

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Breed of working dog developed at least 400 years ago in Germany, where it was used for boar hunting. Tallest of the working breeds, it stands 28–32 in. (71–81 cm) tall and weighs 120–150 lbs (54–68 kg). It has a massive, square-jawed head and elegant body lines. Its short coat is black, golden brown, brindle, blue-gray, or white with black patches. It is typically swift and alert and is noted for courage, friendliness, and dependability. There is no known reason to associate Denmark with the breed.


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