Canis ISSN: 2398-2942 Great Dane Contributor(s): Stephens M B Introduction Biological Data Introduction General information Dogs similar to Danes appear on carvings from 2,000 years ago. A descendant of the Molossian dogs of Rome, this breed owes its present day lines to German breeding. First emerged in German show ring in 1863. The Dane is a very large dog requiring skilled ownership. It is generally gentle but its size and strength requires a strong commitment from the owner. It is good with children and other dogs and does not require a lot of exercise or grooming. Biological Data This article is available in full to registered subscribers Sign up now to purchase a 30 day trial, or Login Further ReadingPublicationsRefereed papers Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource. Other sources of information For information on Genetic Testing Providers (labs), genetic tests, and tests by breed, visit International Partnership for Dogs: https://dogwellnet.com/. For a list of DNA tests available for certain breeds worldwide, visit Kennel Club Worldwide DNA tests: https://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/health/for-breeders/dna-testing-simple-inherited-disorders/worldwide-dna-tests/. The Kennel Club Breed-specific requirements and recommendations including health screening: www.thekennelclub.org.uk/media/9846/abs_breed_specific_requirements_and_recommendations_web.pdf. Swedlow G The Great Dane. Howell. ISBN 0876050305. Organisation(s) Visit the Kennel Club website to search for details of KC-registered breed clubs: thekennelclub.org.uk/services/public/findaclub/breed/. Great Dane Club: thegreatdaneclub.com. Visit the American Kennel Club website to search for details of AKC-recognized breed clubs: www.akc.org/clubs/search. Great Dane Club of America: www.gdca.org.