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Portraits and paintings of The Great Dane by Justine Osborne

Great Danes - noble giants of the dog world. These wonderful creatures make fantastic subjects and I love painting this breed. Heads hung heavy with emotion, intense, or just plain daft!

portrait of a great dane

great dane painting

This majestic Dane and a hint of his immense shadow cast on the ground.


A handsome male Dane
10x12in oil painting on canvas

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great dane picture

Oil on canvas



notes on the Great Dane

The Great Dane, noble, robust and elegant. It has a long narrow head with an accentuated frontal stop and a rather large nasal canal. Its neck is long and muscular and its front legs are perfectly straight. Its eyes are round and usually dark - with a lively intelligent expression. Its ears are either cropped rather long, pointed, and carried erect, or left natural. The color of the coat indicates the variety. fawn, brindle, black, blue, mantle harlequin and sometimes Merle.  However Merle is a common result of harlequin breeding, but it is not a recognized colour.  Black coats and dark eyes, while blue Danes may have lighter eyes.

Incised on some Greek money dating back to 36 B.C. is the image of a dog very similar to the Great Dane of today. The Great Dane is known as the "Apollo of all dogs."  In 407 A.D. German Gaul and part of Italy and Spain were invaded by an Asiatic people (the Alans) who brought with them powerful mastiff-like dogs. In Germany especially, where these magnificent animals capable of overcoming bears and wild boars were much admired, a process of selective breeding was begun. The dogs were crossed with Irish Greyhounds, and the issue was the beautiful, large, thin, agile dog known today as the Great Dane. Despite the fact that they are called Danes in English, these dogs have nothing to do with Denmark. Some of the Great Dane's talents are tracking, watchdog and carting. The Great Dane is a gentle giant. Dignified, kind, sweet and affectionate, it is playful and patient with children.


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