Great Dane, as we admire it today, is the result of a careful selection carried out by passionate fans of this breed.
By its origin, it has common roots with numerous breeds of large dogs, whose oldest ancestors were Tibetan guard dogs.
What do dog trainers say about the history and origin of the German Dane breed?
The hypothesis regarding the origin and distribution of the Great Dane was developed in the works of the most eminent cynologists, which are based on both the testimony of ancient and new authors, and archaeological finds. According to many dog experts, this breed of dogs was brought to Europe by nomadic Asian tribes in the process of their conquests, migrations and trade with Europeans.
Later, interbreeding with local dogs, she gave the name to the breed, the Latin name of which sounds like cannies familaris dekumanus and from which originated the German variety of soupaker hunting dogs.
These hunting dogs represented in many works of painting and graphics of that era. They have cropped ears and a powerful physique. At the same time, they are distinguished by their leanness and flexibility, which has led many researchers to consider them to be the result of crossing a guard dog and a greyhound in the 12th and 13th centuries. Not all dog experts, however, adhere to such an opinion. Many tend to see the ancestors of the Mastiff in the horny dogs used to hunt boars.
In different parts of Europe, such dogs received a very different name and only closer to the 19th century were they separated in Germany into a separate breed. Since then, descriptions and images of large guard dogs, which can, are not ambiguously marked, like dogs, are increasingly common. From 1891 to this day, the breed has undergone a series of successive modifications that marked its slow but continuous evolution.
The 20s of the 20th century became the era of the extraordinary flourishing of this breed. One of those who played an important role in its development was Count Carl Brazovall, who, under the brand name “Alania”, developed a multitude of individuals with excellent exterior and characteristics. And in 1923 he founded the society of dog lovers, which set as its goal the protection of this breed. The subsequent period, unfortunately, was not so successful. The 2nd World War, of course, dealt a heavy blow to dog breeding. In the postwar years, work was intensively carried out to restore the lost genetic heritage. Only in the 60s dogs appeared worthy of this proud name.
Here it is necessary to mention the fruitful activity of Count Wiederd de Sunklera from Lates on Garde, who had been breeding treaties since 1958, investing all his strength, passion and giving the breed exceptional harmony of forms, at the same time securing in it those qualities of character that calm and balanced dogi. Today there are many individuals among them who approach the standard and show themselves excellently at national and international exhibitions.
(breed Great Dane)