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Great Dane

Some evidence suggests that dogs resembling the Great Dane have existed for thousands of years. Egyptian tombs dating back to 2000 BC feature artwork of similar dogs. Likewise, Greek coins as old as 36 BC depict dogs similar in nature. Perhaps the most famous misnomer in dogdom, the Great Dane is not Danish at all, but German. These dogs may have made their way to Germany through voyaging traders and the modern Great Dane was bred as a boar hunter in Germany during the 1500's. The breed was standardized in Germany in 1891. Many believe that the ancestor to the Great Dane is a mastiff-type dog from Asia that was brought to Germany by the Alans. The modern Great Dane owes its traits to crosses with the Irish Greyhound and the Irish Wolfhound.
Genetic Diseases that can be tested for:

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Australia / NZ statistics:
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Please be aware that other genetic diseases or developmental abnormalities may still be present. A genetic test does not replace the need for ongoing clinical assessment by a veterinarian. Disease penetrance and clinical assessment of affected animals can only be performed by a qualified veterinarian.

Disease Statistics provided by breed club health committies and member bodies