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    We had Great Dane/Irish Wolfhound mix dogs when I was growing up. About 180lbs of solid muscle.

    We gave one to a friend of the family. She'd had it a little over a month when 2 individuals attempted to break into the trailre she lived in with her husband and 2 toddlers. The husband was away on field duty. (The breed is very territorial and protective of children.)

    Dirtbag #1 forced the door, only to be taken down to the concrete pad (3' below and behind him) by a very annoyed female dog attempting to protect 2 "puppies". She cracked his skull and chewed on his arm for a few seconds.

    Dirtbag #2 attempted to flee on foot. He didn't even make it 75 yards before she backtackled him and proceeded to attempt to chew his hands and arms off. He had puncture wounds that went All The Way Through his hands. She had nicked his face and chest as well in her attempts to get at his throat while he was fighting. When he stopped and just lay still she stopped biting and merely threatened.

    When officers arrived on scene perp 1 was unconcious and perp 2 had a dog standing on him with her muzzle about 2 inches from his face and teeth bared. They asked the lady to call the dog off and were told that she was unsure if the dog would obey her as she'd only owned the dog for a short time. When she called her the dog trotted over and layed down at her feet like nothing had happened.

    I love the breed. Nobody messes with a dog that is bigger than most men. When I finally get a home on some decent acrage I'm going to get a couple of pups and raise them to obey commands in Scots Gaelic.

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    Great Danes were the Viking's babysitters.....that's why they are a great family pet.

    They were bred to protect the children, as much as the home.
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    And the Irish Wolfhound was bred to go with the huntsman and take down larger game as well as wolves and was even used against the Romans. (Nothing like a dog that will take on a man ahorse, drag him off and kill him.)

    So, think what you get when you cross the 2. They are typically shorter haired than the Wolfhound but the hair is wirey like that of the wolfhound. A broad muzzle more akin to the Dane but a massive head as the Wolfhound. Extreme intelligence (I know that the male we had could remove his chain from his collar and would then lay on the end of the chain so that you didn't even know it. He also figured out how the pressure sensors in the old automatic doors functioned and would walk through any he saw if given a chance. )

 

 
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