The Great Dane (18th Cent. French: Grand Danois), also known as German Mastiff (German:Deutsche Dogge) or Danish Hound (German: Dänischer Hund), is a breed of domestic dog(Canis lupus familiaris) known for its giant size.[2] The breed is commonly referred to as the "Apollo of all breeds".[3] The Great Dane is one of the world's tallest dog breeds. The current world record holder, measuring 109 cm (43 in) from paw to shoulder; 220 cm (7.2 ft) from head to tail, is George.[4] The previous Great Dane to hold the world record as tallest living dog wasGibson, who was 312 ft (106.7 cm) tall at the withers and 7 ft 1 in (215.9 cm) on his hind legs.[5

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