What's In A Name: Great Dane
Danes as we know them today were developed in Germany to hunt boar and protect estates. Despite the name, the Great Dane wasn’t developed in Denmark. In fact, the breed name comes apparently from a French naturalist, who saw the dogs in Denmark and called them Great Danish dogs. Note that Germans today call the breed Deutsche Dogge, or "German Dog.” Sounds like the Germans are spot-on with accuracy in this case!
Despite their large size, Great Danes are known to be very affectionate to their owners and are also known as the world's "biggest lapdogs".