Dog bite statistics & info for Great Dane The great Dane is a mastiff-type breed whose origins can be traced to Germany. A majestic breed with an athletic build. The National Dog of Germany. A great Dane holds the Guinness Book of Records as being the tallest dog with a height of 41.5 in. and 238 lbs. Characterized as even-tempered, affectionate, a gentle giant, a breed selectively bred for docility. (from Desmond Morris, Dogs: The Ultimate Dictionary of Over 1000 breeds. Nonetheless, as a mastiff-type dog, territorial/protective tendencies are likely present in most individuals.Dog bite attack by pack of great Danes in ColoradoGreat Dane snatches child from mother in CaliforniaGreat Dane dog bite attack on child in pet store in WisconsinGreat Dane jumps into car and attacks lady at Freedom Dog Park in Evans, ColoradoFatal dog attacks involving great Danes on family members.