The Great Dane is an amazing gentle giant. They are known for their giant size, sweet nature and silly sense of humor. Great Danes are extremely large and muscular. They are generally between 27 to 32 inches in height and weight between 120 to 170 pounds. They have short hair that is available in a variety of colors including fawn, black, brindle, blue, harlequin or mantle. Great Danes have naturally floppy ears, that are often cropped to create a majestic look. Great Danes may look frightening due to their size, but they are big loveable goofballs that love to be by their human’s side.
A Great Dane is a silly dog that makes friends no matter where it goes. Great Danes adore their humans and strive to be near them at all times. They have a deep bark that can scare away threats, but they are rather easy going. Great Danes are sweet and playful. They like to show their affection to their family members with big sloppy kisses and wagging tail. A Great Dane should be taught how to meet people and other animals so that it will not accidentally knock them over or scare them.
Great Danes have a short coat that sheds a lot. Owners will want to brush their Great Dane regularly to minimize shedding and will want to vacuum often. A Great Dane doesn’t need to be bathed often, and will often resist as many Danes don’t like to get wet. Bathing a Great Dane outside with a hose is much easier than trying to do it in a small space. Great Danes need to have their nails trimmed every month because they grow very fast. They are often sensitive to having their feet touched so it may take more than one person to safely cut their nails. Many Great Dane owners opt to take their dog to the groomer, where they have the right tools and know-how to groom the dog. They need their ears cleaned weekly- especially if they have floppy ears which can collect dirt and bacteria.
Great Danes are easy to train if training starts early and is consistent. They do not respond well to harsh criticism and need to be trained using positive reinforcement such as treats and praise. Great Danes should be socialized and trained beginning at three months of age for best results. Since they grow so quickly it can become challenging to train an older Great Dane because of their size. Basic obedience training is very important so that Great Danes will be comfortable around new sights, sounds, people, and experiences. It is important to supervise a Great Dane in new situations to make sure that it will follow house rules and be respectful of people, animals, and belongings.
Adult Great Danes are generally lazy. They are often found sprawled out on a couch or bed, dreaming about their next meal. A young Great Dane will have periods of energy, followed by periods of rest. A Great Dane under 2 years old should not be exercised rigorously- like running or agility courses because they may experience bone or joint damage. When a Great Dane is in its teenage periods they may experience “the zoomies” in which they will run, gallop, leap, jump with sheer will and happiness. During the short “zoomies” periods which generally lasts only a few minutes, a Great Dane will need access to a lot of open space so that they do not knock over people or things. A couple daily walks will suit a Great Dane perfectly, as they often prefer to be on the couch.
Great Danes generally live from 7 to 10 years. There are some health concerns that may occur in the breed including: bloat, pyoderma, ‘Wobbler’s Syndrome’, dilated cardiomyopathy, hip dysplasia and more.
A Great Dane is an amazing dog for anyone who has space and time for one. They are a big dog that loves nothing more than to be near their family.
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