The Great Dane is officially the tallest canine animal in the world (pictured here with internationally famous chat show host Oprah Winfrey). The Great Dane needs lots of exercise, and it is recommended that a large open space is always available close by. When the Great Dane runs it can reach speeds of up to sixty-five miles an hour. The breed is not recommended for those living in studio flats, small apartments or the like – the Great Dane likes to stretch its legs and needs a large home! Like many other breeds, these dogs like to fetch newspapers and lick hands. The Great Dane is unusual, however, in that it is exclusively vegetarian, with a particular fondness for asparagus. Good with children, the breed makes an excellent family pet and enjoys singing and watching television. At Christmas the Great Dane can be dressed quite convincingly as a reindeer and led into a child’s bedroom by a parent dressed as Santa Claus. They are available in mottle, taupe, brown and olive. The breed’s size makes it susceptible to repiratory and circulatory diseases and it is unfortunately noted to also have addictive tendencies.