Origins of the breed
The first Great Dane standard was published in 1880, on the occasion of a show in Berlin. A breed club was established in 1888, which has tweaked the standard a number of times.
By the mid 18th century there was a profusion of different varieties with names including Ulmer Dogge, English Dogge, German Dogge, Hatzrüde, Saupacker and Grosse Dogge, which were very similar dogs of different coat colours and sizes. In 1878, a committee of seven judges and breeders, under the presidency of Dr Bodinus, met in Berlin to classify all of these varieties under the name Deutsche Dogge in their own language, which rather confusingly becomes Great Dane in English.