Pet Breeds

All you need to know about Great Danes

November 14, 2011

Great Danes

The Great Danes are always eager to please people around them. They are very easy to train in home and respond well when they are trained in a positive way. Great Danes are most suitable to be used as a guard dog. Great Danes are peaceful and friendly with other pets and children.

They need only moderate exercise when compared with other dogs.They are very affectionate and wants to sit on your feet or lean his weight on your leg.


The Great Dane history starts from 3000 BC. We can see Dane dogs carvings in Egyptian monuments built at that time. Around 5th century, when Europe was invaded by the Alanis, an Asiatic race, brought giant mastiff dogs with them. Then these mastiff dogs were cross bred with Irish Hounds, producing a giant and slimmer breed than mastiff. They are said to be the ancestor of modern Great Dane.

Physical appearance

Danes are large, muscular, and elegant dogs. They stand upwards upto 30 inches and weigh from 120 to 150 pounds. The Great Dane comes in fawn, brindle, black, blue, harlequin or mantle colors.The length of the body matches the height.They have rectangular heads and high-set ears of medium size and it needs a constant cropping, if not cropped ears will start to fold forward toward cheek. It has a long pointed tail and it should not be cropped.


The Great Danes are known as “Gentle Giants”. Basically they are very friendly in nature. They are very friendly with children and other animals. They are very gentle, loyal, intelligent, kind, affectionate, and very easy to train.They are also very needy. Some get frightened on seeing its huge structure and loud bark, but they have no intention of harming people.


They have smooth short-haired coat which is very easy to groom. Combing and brushing is necessary. Bathing this giant can be difficult due to its size. Its nails must be kept trimmed. It is a relatively clean dog.

Ideal living conditions

The Great Dane will do good in an environment with a garden. But these breed will adapt to apartment if they are provided with sufficient exercise like walking. Great Danes are best kept indoors but they need constant companionship and great Danes like to spend several hours in yard or garden.

Life expectancy

The life expectancy of a Great Dane is around ten years but some may live several years older than this. A healthy diet can help to maximize its lifespan.

Health issues

Since Great Danes are giant dogs they have slow metabolism. Most of the Great Danes will usually suffer from Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus (GDV). If it is not treated properly in time it will cause death. GDV can be provoked by drinking large amounts of fluid in a short time in larger breeds of dogs.Taking for a walk immediately after or before meals will help to increase metabolism. Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM) and many heart diseases are commonly found in Great Danes and this is also a reason for its sort lifespan.


The Great Dane needs a dominant and gentle trainer. Training at early age is best and it is very difficult to train it when it is fully-grown. Great Danes need to be socialized, they mostly have a protective instinct toward strangers. They need exposure to friendly people so that they can absorb the normal behavior of normal persons so that it can easily recognize persons who behaves abnormally. Without this they may be very suspicious to everyone. Some Danes will go in opposite direction they become fearful of strangers and this leads to defensive biting.

Great Danes seldom bark. Most Danes will accept strangers in home and can sense if a visitor is comfortable with its owner. Attention and care for its health, needs proper vaccination and treatment. Great Danes love to spend time with the owner. Danes are very sensitive creatures who need love and companionship.

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