The Great Dane is somewhat similar in general character, but is still more gracefully built, with slender limbs and more pointed muzzle.
While a Great Dane may try to sit on your lap, you might not be too happy about it.
In 1974, Sissy Harrington-McGill traveled to Germany to purchase a Great Dane puppy.
For a very detailed diagram complete with step-by-step assembly plans, check the McEmn Great Dane site.
Record holders come and go, but according to Guinness World Records, the tallest dog in the world as of 2009 was a Great Dane named Gibson.