Many of us remember Scooby-Doo and his mystery-solving sidekicks from our childhoods.
The original cartoon series was produced between 1969 — the Summer of Love — and 1970, while more recent versions have been made ever since then.
But one mystery remains.
As much as we all love Scooby, many of us have been left wondering exactly what breed of dog he is.
The truth is that Scooby — like his excitable nephew Scrappy — is a Great Dane.
The Great Dane is also known as a German Mastiff, because it was first bred in Germany as a hunting dog — which may help to explain its especially large size.
Experts have worked out that Scooby-Doo would be between six and seven feet tall, standing upright on his hind legs.
When resting on all fours, Scooby-Doo’s head easily comes up to his friend Shaggy’s shoulders.
A real-life dog known affectionately as Enormous Freddy was crowned the tallest in the world, measuring up at over 7 feet and 3 inches in height.
Like Freddy, Scooby is a nickname. The cartoon character’s real name is Scoobert.
Scooby-Doo was originally voiced by the American actor Don Messick, until his death in 1997.
But Scooby is still going strong. He’s now voiced by Frank Welker, who also records the voice of Fred Jones, leader of the crime-fighting gang.
It’s safe to say that Scooby-Doo is probably the most famous Great Dane ever to have been on TV.
He has been held in great affection by children and adults alike and will continue to be so for many years to come.
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