Scooby Doo and Marmaduke are both Great Danes,…

Scooby Doo and Marmaduke are both Great Danes, but are they really?
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The name “Great Dane” was given by the French naturalist Comte de Buffon. History tells us during his travels in Denmark, he came upon a breed and saw a big but lightly built Boar Hound (early Dane like dogs) which resembled a Greyhound and remarked that “the Danish climate had caused the Greyhound to become the Grand Danois (Great Dane)” shortly thereafter the dogs became known as the Great Danish Dog err Great Dane.
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The real Great Dane is the Broholmer, a true big Mastiff type dog from Denmark. A large yet agile dog with some weighing upwards to 150lbs. The breed is very rare outside of Denmark with only about 1200 totaling the world and 250 outside of its native country.
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Broholmer’s were once hugely popular in Denmark and was well-known for its versatility. The Broholmer was a prized possession, used by Danish nobility as a guard dog and as a hunting dog of large animals (deer, boar, etc) as well as by farmers as a farmhand who would assist in the handling of uncooperative pigs and bulls. The breed were highly respected that Broholmers were often given as a gift by royalty and aristocrats to their peers in Europe.
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A generally mild tempered and a highly social dog, the breed may seem intimidating but a conscious effort has been placed by the few dedicated breeders in its community to produce a calmer, gentler animal than what was once need many years ago.
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In the early 1500s, King Frederick II posed for a painting with the breed, while in the 1700s, King Frederick VII and Countess Danner owned several Broholmers (many of which they gave the same name: Tyrk). This link to the monarchy has guaranteed the breed as a whole a very regal standing in history.
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So for those discriminating few that want something very few people outside Europe owns, check out the Broholmer.
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