Dog fail: Puppy doesn't know how to jump
This adorable Great Dane pup is only four months old, in spite of its really big size, and it is still very clumsy and not well coordinated. Although he is a very tall dog even at such an early age, he can't reach things that are very high, because he does not know how to jump! He tries, but fails miserably, although his attempts are hilarious and adorable!
In spite of its name, Great Danes are actually from Germany. They were originally called "Boar Hounds", because wild boars were what they were bred to hunt. The name was changed in the 16th century to "English Dogges". Later in the 1600s, German nobles began keeping the "best" ones for themselves, refining the breed to the well-balanced, elegant and gentle dog we have nowadays. The name "Great Dane" appeared in the 1700s, when a French naturalist saw one in Denmark that was slimmer and more Greyhound-like than the original ones, and called it "Grand Danois", and the name stuck, even though it had nothing to do with the breed's development.
But much has changed since then. Even though they may look imposing and intimidating, often being used as guard dogs, they are actually very sweet, affectionate, eager to please, and gentle with kids. They are also easy to house train, responding well to positive reinforcement, and love the play!
They are often referred to as the "Apollo of dogs", Apollo being the Greek god of the sun. Great Danes have an athletic and muscular body, with a massive, long and narrow head, and a long neck.
They love attention and often nudge people with their head, and many of them think they are lap dogs.
Unfortunately, due to its huge size, the lifespan of a Great Dane is around eight years old, possibly reaching ten years of age.