The following information was excerpted from the The Pennsylvania Statutes, Title 71, Chapter 6, Section 1008.
Title 71 P.S. State Government
I. The Administrative Codes and Related Provisions
Chapter 6. Provisions Similar or Closely Related to Provisions of the Administrative Code
Secretary and Department of Internal Affairs
§ 1008. State dog
The Great Dane is hereby selected, designated and adopted as the official dog of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
1965, Aug. 17, P.L. 331, § 1.
HISTORICAL AND STATUTORY NOTES
1990 Main Volume
This act contained the following preamble:
"Whereas, the dog has faithfully and voluntarily performed invaluable physical, psychological and economic service to mankind as guardian of home and industry, companion to youth and aged, hunter, herder, hauler, guide to the blind and indispensable aid to our armed forces of the battlefront until he is today known as "Man's Best Friend"; and
"Whereas, the Great Dane is prominently depicted in the Governor's reception room painting by Pennsylvania artist Violet Oakley as the "Best Friend" of the founder of this Commonwealth, William Penn; and
"Whereas, the Great Dane came from England just as did William Penn and later was further developed by Germany just as was Pennsylvania by the "Pennsylvania Dutch"; and
"Whereas, the Great Dane has held a consistent and honored position in many other foreign countries as well as throughout the United States, thereby further typifying the varied peoples who have contributed to the greatness of this Commonwealth and Nation; and
"Whereas, the Great Dane represents both the great hunting and industrial parts of Pennsylvania, having begun as a hunting breed just as Pennsylvania began as a hunting Commonwealth, later also becoming a leading working breed, just as Pennsylvania became a leading working Commonwealth; and
"Whereas, the outline of the Great Dane's head resembles the outline of the Commonwealth's Boundaries; and
"Whereas, the Great Dane is known as the King of his species, just as Pennsylvania's State Bird is known as the King of its species; and
"Whereas, the physical and other attributes of the Great Dane, to wit: size, strength, beauty, intelligence, tolerance, courage, faithfulness, trustworthiness and stability exemplify those of Pennsylvania; and
"Whereas, naming an official dog of the Commonwealth would recognize the steadfast service and loyal devotion of all dogs in Pennsylvania and provide a symbol of the great Home side of Pennsylvania; and
"Whereas, naming the Great Dane would pay tribute to internationally known Pennsylvania artist, Violet Oakley, for her historic works which beautify the entire Capitol."
Title of Act:
An Act selecting, designating and adopting the Great Dane as the official dog of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. 1965, Aug. 17, P.L. 331.
71 P.S. § 1008, PA ST 71 P.S. § 1008
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Shearer, Benjamin F. and Barbara S. State Names, Seals, Flags and Symbols: A Historical Guide Third Edition, Revised and Expanded. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 3 Sub edition, 2001.
AKC MEET THE BREEDS®: Great Dane: Overview of the breed from the American Kennel Club.
Great Dane Club of America, Inc.: Within this website you will find information regarding the Club, its structure, philosophy, and also a comprehensive collection of material concerning the Great Dane.
Great Dane Rescue: List of great dane rescue resources.
State Mammals: Complete list of official state mammals.
More symbols & emblems: Complete list of official Pennsylvania state symbols.
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