August 20, 2017

AKC and UKC classify breeds into "groups" by their original purpose.
Northern or Spitz types may eventually be sub-divided.
Explore the Group descriptions below, or choose from the
menu bar above to decide which breed best fits your
lifestyle and interests. If you already know just which breed you prefer, use the drop-down
list of all breeds!

Sporting Breeds

Bird dogs hunt and retrieve by scent and sight

Spaniel or Pointer,
Flusher or Setter,
Sporting dogs are
the hunter's go-getter!


Scent and Sight hounds hunt feather or fur

By day or by night,
to tree or to ground,
there's nothing so sweet
as the voice of a hound.

Working Dogs

Service work, police, draft, and protection dogs

Watchman at night,
companion by day,
he does your bidding
at work or at play


Courageous hunters and faithful friends

No fear, no pain,
no game's too rough,
a working terrier
is dog enough!

Toy Breeds

Diminutive, delightful and utterly devoted

A Toy is a toy, a
companion and more,
a treasure, a joy,
and a dog to adore


Utility dogs are multi-purpose, companions

No look-alikes here,
but tricks they can do.
Your very best friend
is rugged and true.

Herding Dogs

Pastoral breeds protect and control stock

They move, gather
and faithfully guard
cattle and sheep and
the kids in the yard.

Miscellaneous/Rare Breeds

Often foreign or newly developed

Shower me not
with gems so rare,
give me instead,
a diamond with hair


They are types or species more than "breeds"

Old as the dingo,
wild as the wind,
wise as coyote,
Man's very best friend

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Great Dane Dog & Puppy Breed Information
The Great Dane averages over 30” and despite his superior size, he is easy to groom and a great “fit” for the family. Square and well-knit, his cropped ears, majesty and obvious intelligence make the Great Dane an easily identifiable great dog.


Great Dane Puppy & Breed Information


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Great Danes evolved as a German Boar hound over 400 years ago.  Probably descended from the old English Mastiff, he is muscular and powerful but with the speed, agility and hunting ability of the Irish Wolfhound.  He is quite and naturally well mannered but when he barks, the timbre of his voice is definitely Great Dane!


Great Dane Coat, Color, Care: His short, smooth, easy-care coat comes in yellow gold, fawn, blue, black, brindle, and flashy black and white Harlequin pattern.  He’s an impressive, stately sight in any color!


Great Dane Personality: Pulling equally from his mastiff and wolfhound ancestry, the Great Dane is calm mannered but spirited, patient with other dogs and excluding a hefty tail wag, good with children.  He is always dependable and never timid or aggressive.


Exercise Requirements: Chasing a ball is beneath him but Danes thrive on regular outdoor exercise.  A fenced yard will do but trotting by your bicycle will allow him to stretch those long strong legs and prevent nervous habits such as barking, chewing or licking and keep him mentally alert.


Health Concerns: Health Concerns: Hip and elbow dysplasia and luxating patellas (knees) are common with large, fast growing breeds like Great Danes but can be prevented or modified by diet and proper weight and exercise.  Eye problems (entropion, ectropion, PRA) and other disorders are considered hereditary and puppies should be from cleared parents.  Allergies, itching, or thyroid imbalance is most often the result of environmental factors, including medication side effects.  A partially home-cooked diet free of preservatives, dyes, and chemicals, supplemented with vitamins and fish oils may prevent or correct such disorders.


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Great Dane AKC Standard
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