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    An apprehension of savage strength

    Hi,

    Can anybody hlep me to understand this sentence:

    "There is no dog that gives one such an apprehension of savage strength, and Tod among his kind would stand inches above the mightiest."

    Leonard Cline, The Dark Chamber, 1927

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    Re: An apprehension of savage strength

    Presumably at some point prior to that sentence, we are told which breed of dog is being referred to. For me, it means "There is no other dog that makes people so scared/apprehensive that it is savage and strong, and Tod (which is presumably a dog of that breed) is so large, that he is actually a few inches taller than the biggest other example of that breed".
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    Re: An apprehension of savage strength

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Presumably at some point prior to that sentence, we are told which breed of dog is being referred to. For me, it means "There is no other dog that makes people so scared/apprehensive that it is savage and strong, and Tod (which is presumably a dog of that breed) is so large, that he is actually a few inches taller than the biggest other example of that breed".
    Good guess. A page earlier the author really mentiones the breed of the dog (Tod) as Deutcher hund.

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    Re: An apprehension of savage strength

    It's Deutscher Hund. Known in English as the German Shepherd or the Alsatian. I'm pretty sure it's not the biggest dog in the world but they're fairly huge. Depending on when the author wrote that piece, that dog might have been one of the largest known.

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    Re: An apprehension of savage strength

    The American Kennel Club list these as the 15 biggest breeds: http://www.akc.org/press_center/largest-dog-breeds/

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    Re: An apprehension of savage strength

    That's a pretty good list. I took care of a 140 pound Doberman once (not fat) who was bigger than some on the list. Also, I have seen the occasional huge German Shepherd. I assume they skipped the Swiss Mountain Dog because it is a variant of the Bernese Mountain Dog.

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