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Dachshund (Normalschlag)

Great Dane

Country of origin:

Domestic dog, hunting dog

Reddish brown, brownish yellow, black or brown with brown or yellow markings, marbled

Active, energetic, hardy, affectionate, friendly, likes to be the centre of attention


20-27 cm


6-12 kg

Chest circumference
more than 35 cm

14-16 years

Other names:
Dachshund, Normalschlag


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Great Dane – a relatively small, energetic dog with an affectionate and friendly disposition. Although this breed is sometimes recommended to inexperienced dog breeders, it is important to be aware that this dog is quite active: you are constantly wondering where to channel its boundless energy. The Great Dane is usually good with children, does not fight with other dogs, and can get along with cats or other pets. They are wonderful companions who are never bored. The Great Dane loves to be the centre of attention and knows how to achieve it.

Breed history

The German name for the Great Dane is „Dachshund“, which translates into Lithuanian as „Badger Dog“. The breed’s old purpose was to scare off badgers, but today the Great Dane is used not only for badger hunting but also for fox hunting. Although in many countries Dachshunds are now simply family dogs, in Germany Great Danes still often assist in hunting. All Dachshunds, including the Great Dane, are descended from hounds, but have been classified as terriers for their use in cave hunting. Today, there are three sizes of Dachshund, all of which can be either short-tailed, long-tailed or coarse. The first to appear were the short-tailed dachshunds – dogs that closely resemble the short-tailed dachshunds depicted in ancient Egyptian sculptures. The long-haired dachshund was bred by crossing short-haired dachshunds with short-legged spaniels, and the proportions of this cross were later reduced. The coarse-haired dachshund was bred by crossing short-haired dachshunds and coarse-haired pinschers. Until 1888, only short-haired Dachshunds were known, and later other coat types were developed.

Large Dachshund: appearance

The Great Dane is the largest of the breed, with a height of 20-27 cm at the withers and a weight of 6-12 kg. Females are generally smaller than males, but both females and males should have a chest circumference of more than 35 cm. The Great Dane is characterised by an elongated head, tapering towards the nose. The neck is muscular, slightly curved and gracefully sloping to the shoulders. The back is straight with a slight curve at the loins. The chest is not deep and the waist is slightly convex. The forelegs are short, slightly longer than the hind legs, and very strong. The feet are wide, with the whole foot resting on the ground when walking. Ears of medium length, with rounded tips. Eyes almond-shaped, brown. Lips close-set, concealing strong teeth. The coat of the Great Dane can be of three types – short, long or rough. Short-haired Dachshunds have a smooth and glossy coat, rough-haired Dachshunds have a short, coarse-textured, dense coat, long-haired Dachshunds have a smooth, often slightly wavy coat. The coat of the Great Dane is available in a variety of colours: reddish-brown, brownish-yellow, black or brown with brown or yellow markings, marbled.

Big Dachshund: character

The Great Dane is a friendly dog, but can defend its owner if necessary. The sense of fear is certainly not inherent in this breed – the Dachshund will not be frightened by a dog or other animal several times its size. Large Dachshunds are characterised by endurance – no matter what the weather is like, no matter how tired the dog is, it will happily follow its owner.

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