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Temperament

Standing around 81cm at the shoulder, the Great Dane towers over the majority of dogs.

They’re sometimes referred to as the “Apollo of dogs”. Great Danes certainly hold stature in the canine world, and though they look intimidating, they have a sweet-natured personality.

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The Ultimate Guide to Great Danes

Key Characteristics Of Great Danes
How Can I Take Good Care Of A Great Dane Puppy?
Most Asked Great Dane Questions
Similar Dog Breeds

 

Standing around 81cm at the shoulder, the Great Dane towers over the majority of dogs.

They’re sometimes referred to as the “Apollo of dogs”. Apollo is recognised as the God of the sun and light. Great Danes certainly hold stature in the canine world, and though they look intimidating, they have a sweet-natured personality.

 

Great Dane Origins

The Great Danes of today have maintained the majority of traits from their ancestors, but these dogs were not always so affectionate.

During the 14th century, the Germans needed a dog that was agile and fast enough to hunt wild boars. At the time, wild boars were the continent’s most powerful and savage game. This is why they created the early Dane or as they preferred to call them “Boar hounds”.

How exactly did the Great Dane come to be? Well, the Germans decided to crossbreed their greyhounds with English mastiffs. They choose greyhounds for their speed and the English mastiffs for their strength.

In the 16th century, they changed the name of the breed from “Boar Hounds” to “English Dogges”.

Later in the 1600s, German nobles began keeping these large creatures in their homes. They pampered these dogs and dressed them. As a result of the close interactions with humans, these dogs gradually transformed into the well-mannered Giants of today.

The American Kennel Club describes the Great Dane as a working breed, but in reality, today’s Danes are companion animals. They are calm and respectful, and they’re also used for therapy and service work.

 

Key Characteristics of Great Danes

Are Great Danes Family-Friendly?They seem to be. They form strong bonds with their owners and make wonderful family pets.
Daily Exercise Needs?
They will be content with a 30 - 60 minute walk.
Common Health Issues & ConsiderationsThe most common health problems of this breed can be:
● Bloat.
● Cancer.
● Heart problems.
● Joint issues.
Lifespan7 to 10 years
Nature & Temperament
These dogs are spirited, affectionate and dependable. They are also protective when the situations call for.
SizeWeight
Male: 54 - 90 kg
Female: 45 - 59 kg

Height
Female: 71 - 81 cm
Male: 76 - 86 cm
Suitable EnvironmentThese dogs are well suited for houses or large townhouse living.
GroomingGreat Danes shed moderately. Owners should brush their coats weekly using soft bristle brushes.

Other considerations:

● Like most large dog breeds, Great Danes have a short lifespan.

● These dogs do need plenty of room to move around.

● As they are a giant breed, you’re likely to spend more time and money caring for them.

● Don’t allow puppies to jump or jog, as their bones and joints take longer to stabilise.

 

How can I take good care of my Great Dane or Great Dane Puppy?

Nutrition

Great Dane puppies need at least 3 meals every day. But after the age of five months, they may need approximately two meals each day.

Also important to note is that puppies should not be given regular puppy food. Instead, they should be fed puppy food tailored for large breeds.

Grooming

Great Danes shed the same amount of hair as other short-haired dogs. Since they’re bigger, you might find more dog hair on your carpet and furniture. But it’s nothing that a soft bristle brush or a rubber grooming mitt can’t handle.

Recommended Grooming Tips

● Bathe your Great Dane as often as you need to; be sure to use gentle dog shampoos.

● Trim your dog’s nails every couple of weeks.

● Brush their teeth on a regular basis.

● Check their ears frequently for signs of infection or wax buildup.

Exercise

Great Danes are low-energy dogs. But in spite of their slow ways, they still need exercise (at least 30 – 60 minutes every day).

Be careful not to over-exercise them especially when it comes to growing pups. For the first 1 ½ years, the puppies need minimal exercise to stay healthy and in-shape.

Training

Start training your Great Dane as early as you can. Training them when they are young is easier compared to when they have attained their full colossal size.

Keep the training sessions short and sweet. This way they won’t become bored or lose interest quickly. It’s also crucial that you schedule the training session at the same time every day. This helps them to get into a daily routine.

Most Asked Great Dane Questions

What kind of home do Great Danes need?

Owner commitment is an essential part of caring for these dogs. But what is even more important is providing them adequate space to move around.

Keep in mind that they can reach most areas (kitchen counters and dinner tables), and they can sweep everything from your coffee table using their tails. However with adequate training and space, they will get along well with everyone in most larger environments.

Do Great Danes make good watch dogs?

Yes they can. The size of this dog may be enough to scare away an intruder. Another factor that contributes to their protective ability is their intelligence. A well-trained Dane can distinguish between friend and foe.

What colours do Danes come in?

Great Danes come in six main colours: fawn, blue, brindle, black, harlequin and mantle.

How much is a Great Dane puppy?

Great Dane puppies for sale cost between $600 and $3000 approximately.

This is general information and should not be relied on as adoption or purchasing advice.

 

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