The Great Dane is a very intelligent canine and displays a graceful,
almost human sense and behavior, but only if he is a typical
representative of his breed that has been properly nurtured and reared.
He is not a four-legged robot that can be trained by anybody with
violence, but a quick and positive learner eager to please the
teacher(s) he loves and respects: his beloved masters. The Apollo of
Dogs is a true four-legged aristocrat, full of heart and generosity,
superior spirit and courage; a companion that is protective, gentle,
always attentive to his people's wishes and needs, proud and
distinguished in appearance, beautiful like a classic statue, a dog that
deserves to belong to people as good as himself.
The stature and looks of a Great Dane are impressive without doubt; combined with a uniquely charming personality and such a deep-understanding mind that made one of the greatest animal trainers of all time (Barbara Woodhouse) to call the breed Almost Human, this is a charismatic creature that has understandably become one of the most beloved four-legged companions in the world. But this is definitely not a breed for the superficial egotist who just wants a large dog to show off, because in his magnificent body lies a sensitive heart full of unlimited love and affection to be unconditionally given only to the right recipients: the ones who truly deserve the privilege of living in the company of the brave and the beautiful, the truly kind and thoroughly good and gentle and nice, the one and only Apollo of Dogs.
Excerpts from an article by Maria Winsor-Ginala