The Great Dane is one of the largest dog breeds in the world and often recognized as the tallest. A Great Dane named Zeus holds the world record of being the tallest dog, standing at 44 inches at the shoulder.
Many Great Danes are actually taller than people when they stand on their hind legs. It’s quite clear a breed this size can pretty much take over a couch or bed. But is space such an issue when you have this adorable giant around? Learn more about the Great Dane in this post.
Great Dane Dogs and Puppies
What is a Great Dane?
Remember Scooby Doo from Scooby-Doo Where Are You? and Marmalade from Marmaduke? If you want a dog just like them—adorably big, gentle, and affectionate—then you must get a Great Dane. This dog may have an imposing size, but it’s actually a gentle, lovable, and friendly breed. Find out if the Great Dane is the breed you’re willing to share most of your space with.
Where is the Great Dane from?
The Great Dane is a relatively old breed and may have been around for thousands of years already. Ancient artifacts from Greece, China, Scandinavia, and Egypt depict the existence of dogs that look similar to the modern Great Dane. These dogs were valued for their size and ferocity.
Much of the breed’s development happened in Germany. It was around the 1600s when German nobles began keeping and breeding large dogs. These dogs were primarily used to hunt large game like bears, boars, and deer. They also protected their noble owners, and even stayed with them in the bedchambers.
Here’s more trivia about them:
- The giant breed may have descended from the English Mastiff and the Irish Wolfhound.
- The word ‘Dane’ suggests something Danish. But most of the breed’s development is credited to Germany. Denmark didn’t develop Great Danes.
- The breed was called different names like Boar Hound, German Mastiff, and Deutsche Dogge.
- A French naturalist named Comte de Buffon took notice of a large boar hound during his travel in Denmark in the 1700s. He called this dog ‘Grand Danois’ or Great Dane. Since then, the name stuck to people’s sensibilities.
- The Great Dane is a molosser type of dog.
According to The American Kennel Club, “The Great Dane is a very old breed, cultivated as a distinct type for probably 400 years, if not longer.”
What does a Great Dane look like?
Great Danes carry themselves with elegance and dignity because they’re distinctively gigantic. These gentle giants are large in terms of height, but they don’t look heavy-set like mastiffs.
Their overall physique is square-like, well-angled, and muscular. Their muzzles are square as well. When left untouched, Great Danes have floppy and triangular ears.
Female Great Danes are 28 to 32 inches tall. Males are 30 to 34 inches tall. Both can weigh around 50 kg to 90 kg.
Great Danes have short, thick coats, which appear smooth and glossy. The American Kennel Club has set color standards for the breed. The color of a Great Dane’s coat can be:
The American Kennel Club states that, “Giant-sized and immensely strong, Danes nevertheless are the picture of elegance and balance, with the smooth and easy stride of born noblemen.”
What is the Great Dane like?
Great Danes are sweet, affectionate, and even-tempered. The breed is indeed huge for a typical dog, but it’s quite friendly. The ferocity the breed had hundreds of years ago as a boarhound is actually diluted. Great Danes nowadays are lapdogs (imagine one on your lap), coach buddies, friends with other pets, protectors of children, and loving pets to their families.
But like all puppies, Great Danes must be socialized starting at a young age. If they aren’t given the chance to socialize, they are more likely to become suspicious of strangers and new stuff when they mature. They can even be aggressive as well, especially when they’re not treated well.
In a nutshell, Great Danes are:
Are Great Dane dogs dangerous?
The answer is both yes and no.
Great Danes are generally good-natured dogs. They are friendly and they love to be with their families. They’re great with children and get along with other pets and animals. But some might be fearful, timid, or even aggressive. They may have turned out that way because they weren’t properly socialized. It’s also likely they were mistreated, or their lines’ breeding was mishandled.
According to Cesar Millan, “The most dangerous dog in the world is the one that has been made that way by a human.”
How much do Great Danes eat?
People might think a Great Dane eats truckloads of food. There are dog breeds that love to eat but the Great Dane is not exactly one of them. Great Danes may eat more than other breeds, but they don’t actually eat a lot for their size. Some Great Danes can eat more because they’re energetic, while some just don’t eat as much.
Adult Great Danes can eat about 6 to 14 cups of food daily and are typically fed twice a day.
Owners can choose to follow a feeding chart so they would know how much and how often they ought to feed their Great Danes.
How much do Great Dane puppies cost?
Great Dane puppies can cost between USD $600 to $3,000. Puppies from shelters can cost considerably less, with adoption fees amounting to USD $300 to $400.
Why are the Great Danes’ ears cropped?
The Great Danes’ ears were cropped so they won’t get ear injuries when they hunt boars. But this happened back in the day when Great Danes actually did hunt. Ear cropping today is done to keep the breed’s traditional look. It’s basically done for cosmetic reasons nowadays.
Are Great Dane puppies supposed to be skinny?
Great Danes are known to be tall, but not fat. They’re mostly lean, and sometimes appear skinny compared to muscular dog breeds like the American Pitbull Terrier.
But owners can never be too careful and must consult with the vet. Especially if they think their Great Dane pups appear too skinny.
What are the Great Dane’s health issues?
Great Danes have a relatively short lifespan compared to other breeds. They can live up to 7 to 10 years. The biggest known Great Dane named Zeus died at the age of 5. Most large dog breeds have a short lifespan.
Great Danes, like other breeds, can suffer some health problems. The most common of these are:
- Gastric Dilatation Volvulus – basically means bloating. This happens when food and gas can’t be expelled from a dog’s body. When a dog’s stomach expands (and the pressure increases), it prevents blood from circulating, and lungs from expanding. Which then causes a rupture in the stomach walls, among others.
- Cardiomyopathy – happens when the cardiac muscles fail to function properly.
- Hip Dysplasia – common in large dog breeds. This is a genetic disease that causes malformation or misalignment on the ball and socket joint in the hip.
Are Great Dane puppies easy to train?
Great Danes are mostly trainable and are easy to housebreak. They respond well to training methods that are firm but positive; moreover, consistent and well-structured.
Learn more about the Great Dane in this video from Animal Planet:
Great Danes can be the most awesome pets ever. Granting they have everything you want for a pet (and if you’re willing to give up space on the couch). They may have an immense size, but they’re very lovable and can surely warm up your home.
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