Saturday, December 1, 2012

Great Dane in Danish Film, "A Royal Affair"

One of my pet peeves is the inaccurate depiction of dog breeds in period films that are otherwise historically accurate down to the wall paper. 

So I say hooray for the person on the crew of the film, A Royal Affair (2012), who was responsible for getting the King's dog right. The Harlequin Great Dane that the mentally disturbed King Christian VII of Denmark fawns over is not the gangly giant we're familiar with today.  The great Danish mastiff of the mid 18th century was a large sturdy dog that looked a lot like this guy.

Danes bred in Europe continue to be more typical of the early breed types.  But elsewhere, by mid 19th century, breeders began creating a more stylized dog.  This is what the Great Dane looked like in 1907.

And today.  
To read about other accurate or inaccurate representation of breeds in period films, read my other posts:

Corgis in The King's Speech

Lab in Downton Abbey
Scroll down in the Downton Abbey post to read about the accuracy of pooches in other films:
Blue Gascony Hounds in The Last of the Mohicans
Yellow Labs in Howard's End
Xolos in Apocalypto
Spaniels in Sense and Sensibility
Dogs in Amazing Grace


  1. tried the links to King's Speech and Downton Abbey and was told I do not have access.... anypoint to trying to get simple access?

  2. When I was younger, a lady had a couple of them and they were bigger than I was, at the time, lol.


  3. Hmm. I'll have to figure out what's going on with the links. Thanks for letting me know Mimi.

  4. Mistakes were made. All should be working now. Thanks again Mimi.