Great Dane

The Great Dane is not Danish at all. The breed originated in Germany. Great Danes were developed from Irish Wolfhounds, mastiffs and greyhounds to create a dog that could hunt boar and serve as a guardian during the 1300s. The Great Dane was dubbed the national dog of Germany in 1876. In 1887, the American Kennel Club recognized the Great Dane as a member of the working group.

The Great Dane is the second tallest dog breed, topped by the Irish wolfhound. Great Danes stand 28 to 32 inches tall at the shoulder and tip the scales at 100 to 190 pounds. The powerful dog exudes a noble appearance. A Great Dane is covered in a short, smooth and dense coat that may be blue, fawn or black in color, or exhibit brindle, harlequin or mantle patterns. Their tails are long and whip-like, and the ears are either cropped to stand erect or left alone to hang downward naturally. The Great Dane is great in all respects, this dog breed has long legs that give it an athletic look. It has a short and smooth coat, which needs minimal attention. Personality: Great Danes are gentle giants. While puppies are more exuberant and active, adult Great Danes tend to be quiet and laid back. They love children, but they need to be trained to interact safely so that smaller children and other pets are not accidentally knocked over or whipped by a wagging tail. Despite their large stature, Great Danes make excellent candidates for apartment dwellings, as long as there is ample room for them to lie down comfortably on a thick, soft bed. Great Danes do need some daily exercise, but their needs for physical activity are minimal and can be satisfied with daily walks. When indoors, the Great Dane is happy to assume the role of couch potato and television-viewing companion. Great Danes are easy to train and housebreak. Great Danes may look intimidating and overpowering but they are gentle giants. They are sweet-natured, gentle and calm. Although they might look like they need a lot of exercise, this dog breed has a medium energy level and its exercise needs can be met with moderate walks or romps. It is very friendly towards children but may be unsuitable as a playmate because of its size. They are friendly towards strangers and other dogs.

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Breed Type
Pure
Origin
Europe
Function
Life Span
8-10 Years
Hypoallergenic
No
Other Names
German mastiff, Deutsche dogge, Great Dane

Great Dane Build Information

Size
Giant
Length (Male)
27-33 in.
Length (Female)
22-24 in.
Weight
> 65 lbs
Litter Size
5 - 10 Puppies
Tail Dock or Crop
Cropped
Preferred Climate
Any Climate

The Great Dane is the second tallest dog breed, topped by the Irish wolfhound. Great Danes stand 28 to 32 inches tall at the shoulder and tip the scales at 100 to 190 pounds. The powerful dog exudes a noble appearance. A Great Dane is covered in a short, smooth and dense coat that may be blue, fawn or black in color, or exhibit brindle, harlequin or mantle patterns.

Their tails are long and whip-like, and the ears are either cropped to stand erect or left alone to hang downward naturally.

The Great Dane is great in all respects, this dog breed has long legs that give him an athletic look. He has a short and smooth coat, which needs minimal attention.

Behaviour and Personality

Kid Friendliness
Affection Level
Activity Level
Energy Level
Independant
Good to Other Pets
Dominating or Submissive?
Guardian Skills
Barking
Aggressiveness Level

Great Danes are gentle giants. While puppies are more exuberant and active, adult Great Danes tend to be quiet and laid back. They love children, but they need to be trained to interact safely so that smaller children and other pets are not accidentally knocked over or whipped by a wagging tail. Despite their large stature, Great Danes make excellent candidates for apartment dwellings, as long as there is ample room for them to lie down comfortably on a thick, soft bed. Great Danes do need some daily exercise, but their needs for physical activity are minimal and can be satisfied with daily walks. When indoors, the Great Dane is happy to assume the role of couch potato and television-viewing companion.

Great Danes are easy to train and housebreak.

Great Danes may look intimidating and overpowering but they are gentle giants. They are sweet-natured, gentle and calm. Although they might look like they need a lot of exercise, this dog breed has a medium energy level and his exercise needs can be met with moderate walks or romps. He is very friendly towards children but may be unsuitable as a playmate because of his size. They are friendly towards strangers and other dogs.

Appearance

Colors
Black Blue Blue Merle Chocolate Fawn Red-Black Brindle Tan Brindle
Shedding
Moderate
Grooming
Low Maintenance
Coat Type
Dense

There is very little grooming to be done on a Great Dane. Using a grooming mitt once a week removes dead hair to minimize shedding and restore the coat’s luster. Brushing the teeth every other day will maintain oral and overall health.

Breed's Talents and Facts

Training
Moderately easy to train
Hunting Companion
No
Jolly for Jogging
Yes
Sighting Capabilities
No
Ideal for Tracking
Yes
Retrieving Skills
No
Pointing Breed
No
Herding Skills
No
Dutiful Watchdog
Yes
Security Guard Capable
Yes
Police Performer
No
Wet Water rescues
No
Assist Disable Owners
No
Dog Sledding
No
Able to Perform Dog Carting
Yes
Agile/Zippy
No
Fun with Lure Coursing
No
Obedient
No
Possible Schutzhund Work
No
Trainable for Tricks
No
  • If your family is seeking a lovable giant that reminds the kids of Scooby Doo, the quiet and laid back Great Dane is a perfect family companion and protector
  • The Great Dane originated in Germany
  • The Great Dane is also known as a German mastiff and a Deutsche dogge
  • The Great Dane is a laid back and gentle giant that loves children and it is a protective watchdog for the family
  • The Great Dane stands 28 to 32 inches tall and weighs 110 to 190 pounds
  • Great Danes have a minimal energy level
  • Great Danes require minimal grooming
  • The average lifespan for a Great Dane is 7 to 10 years

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Great Dane Training

The Great Dane is known to be a very well-behaved, trainable dog. They are very family-oriented and desire to please their owners as often as possible. Their most common behavioral issue tends to be separation anxiety since they are so incredibly close to their family members. They are not very energetic so you do not have to worry as much in regard to exercising this breed of dog. They do not often display destructive behavior due to lack of exercise as other breeds do.

Common Health Conditions in Great Danes

At 7 to 10 years, the average lifespan of a Great Dane is shorter than most breeds. Great Danes have a high incidence of bloat, or gastric torsion, which is fatal if emergency veterinary intervention is not sought immediately. Another common health concern with great Danes is a heart condition called cardiomyopathy. Hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism, bone cancer and a bone condition called hypertrophic osteodystrophy have also been noted in the breed.

Great Dane Pet Insurance

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