Thinking about purchasing an Great Dane? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Great Dane breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good Great Dane owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Great Dane and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Great Dane Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Great Dane and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
Great Dane Profile
The Great Dane is regal in appearance, having dignity, strength and elegance. They are lean, tall, with cropped or uncropped drop ears. They have tails that are sometimes prone to injury due to their wagging abilities. Great Danes are squarely built with a rectangular head and a short, smooth coat. They are of the tallest of dog breeds with their great size and well-formed, muscled body. Known as the friendly giant, they should show no unprovoked aggression. There are times they may have a stubborn streak, but early training will help alleviate this problem. The Great Dane makes a great family dog with their gentle, loyal and affectionate nature and patience with children. Owners beware, though, this breed requires quite a lot of food to eat. They also need their space, but need to be included in the family within the house. Despite their large size, they should not be kenneled, but rather kept indoors as a member of the family. Great Danes adapt well to urban living if given plenty of space and exercise. They would be sufficient as an apartment dog, surprisingly, if space were available. When bored, however, this breed can become destructive, and due to their large size, can destroy things within minutes. They are lovable and very affectionate, and are also very playful. Although probably not suitable for young children due to their size, they are very affable in personality and activity with children. Great Danes truly love the comforts of home and you may find them sleeping in your big easy chair.
Other Names: Deutsche Dogge, German Mastiff, nicknamed "Apollo of Dogdom"
Type: Companion Dog
28 - 30 inches; Males 30 - 32 inches.
fawn, blue, black or harlequin (white is preferable with all black or all blue
patches that have the appearance of being torn). They can also have a mantle
pattern, which is black with a white collar and chest, a white muzzle, and white
on all or part of the legs.
Danes are alert, lively and happy. They love to play, are very good with children,
and are very affectionate. They are content with lounging in the house with
their family, and love to be part of the group, often making their bed on couches,
chairs and beds. Great Danes are easygoing, intelligent and trainable. They
are sensitive to training, however, and should be treated with positive actions.
They get lonely and destructive if kept outside or bored. They should not be
teased. They are friendly, spirited and should never be timid.
Watch-dog: Very High. Excellent
at alerting their owners to unusual things.
Great Dane Care and Training:
Great Danes require minimal grooming of their shorthaired coat. Comb, brush
and dry shampoo when necessary. Keep nails trimmed. Great Danes need plenty
of exercise, minimal is a long daily walk. They also need plenty of space to
stretch their legs.
Activity: Medium. They can
be lounge lizards or playful and energetic.
Great Dane Health Issues: With being so large, Great Danes are prone to more problems than a smaller dog. Hip dysplasia, some genetic heart problems, osteosarcoma (bone tumors), Wobbler Syndrome and bloat (twisted stomach or gastric torsion) are all potential health concerns for this breed. Bloat is a health issue to most dogs, being the second largest killer of dogs other than cancer, but Great Danes can be particularly susceptible to it because of their very deep chests.
Life Span: 7 - 10 years.
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
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