Several names for the Deutsche Dogge, but…
In Canada and in the United States, they call it Great Dane, in Italy, the Alano or Alan and me I call it Deutsche Dogge, which was officially given to the bread in Germany in 1878,where it was born around 406 B.C. It even became the official dog of Germany!
Initially, Barbarians called the Alan were chased out of Iran, Caucasus and established themselves in Gaul in 406 B.C.. The Alan had two types of dogs: the
Gentle Alan who hunted wolves and bears (among others) and the Nasty Alan, used as a guard dog, the breed coming from a mix of the Bullenbeiser (the bull biter) and the Dogue de Bordeaux.
As the years went by, the breed was gradually changed , from the town of Ulm in the Wurtemberg landers, to become the Deutsche Dogge. One certainty remains is that the breed’s origin is a cross between a Greyhound and a Bullenbeiser.
The expression “Great Dane” (in French “Grand Danois”) comes from a old French expression “Danoisée” (meaning “spotted coat”) and the French Naturalist, Buffon, started to call the colour Arlequin (named after the French King) the “Grand Danoisée” , so the Dalmation became “le petit Danoisée”!
It is important to note that the first showing of the Deutsche Dogge was held in 1863 in Hamburg
And then after the breed was shown in the United States in 1877, and finally the first Dogge registered in Canada were in 1888. Amongst the celebrities that owned Deutsche Dogge were Chancellor Bismarck in 1870, Buffalo Bill (Cody) in the United States and “me” in Canada (well… this is my dog’s mind!).
There are five colours in the Deutsche Dogge family:
Bridle (yellowish + beige and black streaks on his coat), Fawn (beige with a black nose), Blue (greyish/steel blue), Black and Arlequin (white with black spots).
For his personality, let’s just say that it has a “Noble” personality and that it can sometimes be a bit of a “clown”, which gives it its charm, It is also very elegant, calm, stubborn (this, coming from the Greyhound, requiring lots of patience and determination to train it!), extremely loyal ( an important trait of personality from the Mastiff).
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