Popular Dog Breeds: Great Dane

 About the Great Dane: 

Each bolded word below is a reason for why the great dane is a popular dog breed and each paragraph below goes into further detail on that reason. This post also shows the history of the great dane breed.


The Great Dane is a popular dog breed because they are gentle giants, they have many different fur color varieties, and they are adorable.

“Gentle Giants”

Although great danes are giant they are very friendly. That is why they are known as a “gentle giant” dog breed.

Fur Color

Great Danes are one of the few purebred dog breeds to have a variety of different coats. Greats Danes can have many different fur coats such as black and white spots, black, and a fawn color.

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Stella Female Great Dane

They Are Adorable 

I mean just look at that face what is not adorable about it?

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Milo (Male) and Stella (Female) Great Danes

History

“Drawings of dogs who look like Great Danes have been found on Egyptian artifacts dating back to 3000 B.C. and in Babylonian temples that were built around 2000 B.C. There’s evidence that similar dogs originated in Tibet, with written reports of such dogs appearing in Chinese literature in 1121 B.C.

The breed is thought to have been taken into various parts of the world by the Assyrians, who traded their dogs to the Greeks and Romans. The Greeks and Romans then bred these dogs with other breeds. Ancestors of the English Mastiff were probably involved in the breed development, and some folks believe that the Irish Wolfhound or Irish Greyhound also may have played a role.

Great Danes originally were called Boar Hounds, because boars were what they were bred to hunt. Their ears were cropped to prevent boar tusks from tearing them. In the 16th century, the name of the breed was changed to “English Dogges.”

Late in the 1600s, however, many German nobles began keeping the largest and most handsome of their dogs in their homes, calling them Kammerhunde (Chamber Dogs). These dogs were pampered and wore gilded collars lined with velvet. Talk about a sweet life.

The name Great Dane arose in the 1700s, when a French naturalist traveled to Denmark and saw a version of the Boar Hound who was slimmer and more like a Greyhound in appearance. He called this dog Grand Danois, which eventually became Great Danish Dog, with the more massive examples of the breed called Danish Mastiffs. The name stuck, even though Denmark did not develop the breed.

Most breed historians give credit to German breeders for refining the breed to be the well-balanced, elegant dog we love today. In 1880, breeders and judges held a meeting in Berlin and agreed that since the dogs they were breeding were distinctly different from the English Mastiff, they would give it its own name — Deutsche Dogge (German Dog).

They founded the Deutscher Doggen-Klub of Germany, and many other European countries took up the name as well. The Italians and English-speaking countries didn’t accept this name, however. (Even today, the Italians call the breed Alano, meaning Mastiff; and in English-speaking countries, of course, they’re called Great Danes.)

Throughout the late 1800s, wealthy German breeders continued to refine the breed. They turned their attention to the dog’s temperament, because Great Danes had aggressive, ferocious temperaments due to the fact that they were originally bred to hunt wild boar, a particularly ferocious beast. These breeders tried to produce more gentle animals, and — luckily for us today — they succeeded.

We don’t know when the first Great Danes were brought to the U.S., or even where they came from, but the Great Dane Club of America was formed in 1889. It was the fourth breed club allowed to join the American Kennel Club.” – http://dogtime.com/dog-breeds/great-dane#/slide/1

Sources:

http://www.all-about-great-danes.com/great-dane-colors.html

http://dogtime.com/dog-breeds/great-dane#/slide/1

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Popular Dog Breeds: Introduction

Popular Dog Breeds


There are over 300 different purebred dog breeds, such as the poodle, the french bulldog, the great dane, the pug, and many many others. But that is not even counting mixed dog breeds, such as labradoodles, golden doodlesmaltipoos, and puggles.

A majority of mixed dog breeds have part poodle, because people think that they will get a *hypoallergenic dog. For example to make a labradoodle you need poodle and labrador DNA in the dog to consider it a labradoodle. The labrador is a shedding dog while the poodle is *hypoallergenic, so when you cross them the puppies **should turn out *hypoallergenic. Many people love poodles or poodle mixes because they are usually *hypoallergenic.

If you are allergic to dogs but you want one you should consider a poodle mix, or a poodle.

We will be writing about the most popular dog breeds, and not just the purebreds, but the known mixes, and maybe even a few mutts too.

Each post will be titled for example: Popular Dog Breeds: French Bulldog

Thanks for reading this post! We hope you enjoy our popular dog breeds posts.


*Dogs that are hypoallergenic still shed dandruff.
**If the dog is mixed with many other dog breeds then it may be hard for the poodle gene to be “seen” in the dog.  Because it is cross with many many other dogs breeds the poodle gene may be lost in the dogs DNA; therefore the dog will probably not be hypoallergenic.

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What are the qualities of a perfect animal photo?

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As you know we love animals. We take photos of them to share our love for them. That’s why The Tween Dogist Instagram was created. We take photos of your pet(s) for memories that will last forever. Each moment caught on camera is a permanent memory, but just a instant of that memory.

That’s the main reason why we take photos of our pets. That’s this blog post was created to show you the qualities of a perfect pet photo.

Photo Quality


Quality is what matters most while taking the photo.

Make sure you photo is not blurry. If it’s blurry because that’s how it focuses then that’s fine. I suggest using a professional camera if you want it to be the best quality possible.

The Pet’s Body Positioning


It definitely matters what the pet’s body position is. If the pet was turned around that probably wouldn’t be the best photo possible, because you can’t see it’s facial expression. Facial expressions are important in photos because they show how that pet feels in that instant. So, if the pet was facing you then you can see how the pet feels in that instant, are they excited, are they a bit scared.

Get Down to Your Pet’s Level


If you get down to your pets level you will probably have a better photo than if you are standing and taking a photo them.

For example

This is a picture of Isabella while I’m standing

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And this is a photo of her when I’m at her level

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See, when you are at the dog’s level you get a better photo with more detail. It also doesn’t look like you are looking down at your pet.

Know the qualities of a perfect photo? Now you can learn how to take the perfect photo of your pet (I used a dog as an example) by reading this post “How to take the best dog photos.”

Thanks for reading

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My dog drawings

My dog drawings


I have done many dog drawings. Most of them I usually do with crayon.

Here are some of my dog drawings:

How I draw dogs:

Step 1. I search up a picture of the dog I want to draw. I usually draw dogs I’ve taken photos of for my instagram. The photo below is one that I’ve taken.

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Step 2. I first draw the dog with pencil

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Step 3. Then I color in with crayon

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Then it’s finished!

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