Great Dane Dog Breed Information


Great Dane Quick Facts
Great Dane
Breed Group: Working
Origen: Germany
Nickname: Dane, Gentle Giant
Weight: 100-120 lbs
Height: 28-32 inches
Color(s): Brindle, black-masked fawn, blue, black, harlequin (white with irregular black patches)


Great Dane Appearance

The Great Dane is a huge, well-developed, and evenly built dog with a big rectangular head, and drop ears that can be cropped erect or left natural. The muzzle is deep, with a pronounced stop. The nose is black, blue/black. The eyes are almond shape and its tail is long and tapered. The well arched neck is set-high, firm and muscular.

The Great Dane has a short, dense, and sleek coat. Colors include Brindle, black masked fawn, blue, black or harlequin (white with irregular black patches) The Great Dane is the tallest of the dog breeds. The height of the Great Dane is around 28-32 inches. The weight of these dogs is 100-140 pounds.

Great Dane Temperament

The Great Dane is determined, courageous, friendly, playful and reliable. It is an impressive guard dog if it stands still and barks. The Great Dane is good with children when raised with them, although may be too overwhelming for younger ones. Is usually friendly with other dogs and pets, but should be supervised. With a proper training, it makes an enjoyable, well mannered family companion.

Is Great Dane the Right Dog Breed for You?

A giant dog brings giant responsibilities! You may want to think twice before considering this breed, as they can be very messy and some of them drool. The Great Dane is best suited to those with some experience of dog ownership, as they can be stubborn and bossy sometimes. Training should be consistent and firm. They are playful and patient with children.

They love everyone and need to be around people. This breed is often referred to as a gentle giant. The Great Dane will do okay in an apartment if it is sufficiently exercised. They are relatively inactive indoors and their needs can be meeting with a good daily walk. They are best suited to divide its time between indoors and out and will do best with at least a large yard.

Great Dane Life expectancy

The life expectancy of the Great Dane is around 7-10 years.

Great Dane Health problems

Great Danes major concerns are Bloat (gastric torsion), cardiomyopathy and osteosarcoma. There are some other concerns such as hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism, CVI (wobbler syndrome), bone cancer, and CHD (Canine hip dysplasia).

Great Dane Care and Grooming

The Great Dane requires daily exercise; however it is important not to over exercise this breed, particularly when young. Is important to maintain a good nutritional diet, especial attention should be pay to not overfeed them, to avoid gastric distortion, it is better to feed two or three small meals a day rather than one large meal.

The Great Dane short coats require minimal grooming and Occasional brushing to keeps his coat looking good all year. Brush with a firm bristle brush, and dry shampoo occasionally. Bathe in mild soap only when necessary.

The Great Danes is an average shedder and is not suited to those with allergies.