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Exercise: These strong dogs need plenty of exercise and open spaces where they can run and play freely. Running alongside a cycle is a good way for them to get exercise, so long as they don't go running ahead. It is important that they are no over-exercised during growth period.
Feeding: Great Danes have a demanding appetite. They are a fast-growing breed and need careful attention with their nutrition while going through growth stage.
History: Their name came from French word 'grand Danois' which means 'big Danish' and it is unknown why British adopted this name when breed originated in Germany. It is believed that Great Danes mastiff family originated in Asia as far back as 3000 BC, as there were Egyptian drawings of 'tiger dogs' similar to Great Dane. This breed became well established when Greece and Rome were main powers of western civilization. They were later known in central Europe as German Mastiff or Boarhound.
It is said that someone can easily break into a house that is watched over by a Great Dane, but that they can never get out. Like other Mastiff type dogs Great Dane is very tolerant of pain and therefore injuries or illnesses can be overlooked for long periods of time.
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