BREED:Great Dane AGE:3 COAT:Short hair, grey OBSESSED WITH:Well, everything LIKES:$2 bills, Lemonheads, Dr. Phil DISLIKES:Fashion, injustice GUILTY PLEASURE:Chuck E. Cheese DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS:Herculean strength, lovable obliviousness WTW CLIENT SINCE:2/08
BREED:Yellow Lab AGE: 7 COAT:Short hair, yellow/white OBSESSED WITH:Making sure that YOU are happy LIKES:Fresh garden salads, building model trains DISLIKES:Geraldo Rivera, piercings, white chocolate GUILTY PLEASURE:VH1's "I love the 80's" DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTIC:Unfettered glee WTW CLIENT SINCE:2/08
FUN FACTS ABOUT GREAT DANES:
*The GreatDane is a breed of domestic dog (canis lupus familiaris) known for its giant size and gentle personality. The breed is commonly referred to as the "Gentle giant" and the "Apollo of all breeds".
*Great Danes are considered the tallest dog breed along with the Irish Wolfhound.
*In August 2004, a Great Dane named "Gibson" from Grass Valley, California was recognized by the Guinness Book of Records as the world's tallest dog, measuring 42.2 inches at the withers.
*The Great Dane's large and imposing appearance belies its friendly nature; the breed is often referred to as a gentle giant. Great Danes are generally well-disposed toward other dogs, other non-canine pets, wild animals, and humans (including strangers and children). Some Great Danes have dominance issues, are aggressive with other dogs of the same sex, or chase small animals; however, this is quite rare.
*Great Danes, like most giant dogs, have a fairly slow metabolism. This results in less energy and less food consumption per pound of dog than in small breeds.
NOTABLE GREAT DANES
*Scooby-Doo, the popular Hanna-Barbera character. Creator Iwao Takamoto based this famous animal character on a Great Dane after being given sketches by a Hanna-Barbera employee who bred them. Technically speaking, Scooby-Doo would be a fawn Dane.
*"Butler" was a fawn Dane that belonged to Captain James T. Kirk on Star Trek.
*"Duke" and "Turk", two Great Danes from Disney's The Swiss Family Robinson (1960), where they are able to fight off a tiger.
*The Jetsons talking dog, Astro, was a Great Dane.
FUN FACTS ABOUT LABRADOR RETRIEVERS:
*The Labrador Retriever is one of several kinds of retriever, a type of gun dog. The Labrador is considered the most popular breed of dog (by registered ownership) in the world, and is by a large margin the most popular breed by registration in the United States (since 1991), the United Kingdom, and several other countries.
*The Lab is also the most popular breed of assistance dog in the United States, Australia, and many other countries, as well as being widely used by police and other official bodies for their detection and working abilities.
*Labs are exceptionally affable, gentle, intelligent, energetic and good natured, making them both excellent companions and working dogs.
*Although somewhat boisterous if untrained, Labs respond well to praise and positive attention, and are considerably "food and fun" oriented. With training, the Lab is one of the most dependable, obedient and multi-talented breeds in the world.
*Labs instinctively enjoy holding objects and even hands or arms in their mouths, which they can do with great gentleness (a Lab can carry an egg in its mouth without breaking it).
*Labs have a well-known reputation for appetite, and some individuals may be highly indiscriminate, eating digestible and non-food objects alike. They are persuasive and persistent in requesting food.
NOTABLE LABRADOR RETRIEVERS
*Buddy and Seamus, President Bill Clinton's Labs
*Zeke the Wonder Dog, mascot for Michigan State University's Spartans
*King Buck, the first Black Lab on a US postage stamp