Atlas the Great Dane came to our Modesto clinic

Some short ones and some really tall ones and with their humans, too, at

There can be no doubt that the tallest dog in Modesto and Ceres is a Great Dane and he is appropriately named Atlas. There are Great Dane-like dogs on Egyptian monuments from 3,000 BC and on Greek frescoes dating to 1,500 BC. The breed as we know it dates to 16th century (AD) Europe and continued development to the 19th century. The Great Dane is a surprising combination of size and good temper. They have earned the nick-name ‘Gentle Giant’ because they are consistently good with people, families and other animals. Unfortunately they are also known as the ‘heartbreak’ breed because they can suffer from congenital heart problems which may shorten their already short life span. We may expect an average Dane to live 6 – 8 years with some only lasting 4 years while a few make it to 10 yrs. As with all giant breeds, hip dysplasia can be a problem as can be vision and hearing. Guinness Record tallest dog is a Great Dane named Zeus from Michigan who was 44 inches from ground to shoulder top and lived to the age of 5 years. – Geoffrey Antipa


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