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Great Dane

The Great Dane is a breed of domestic dog known for its giant size. The Dane is one of the world's tallest dog breeds. The Dane is a short haired breed that comes in a range of different coat colors. It is immediately recognisable by its large size, triangular, floppy ears and its galloping run. The Dane was originally bred as a hunting dog. It would help to take down some of the larger prey such as Wild Boars. Today, the Great Dane is a popular family pet.


The gigantic and imposing size of the Great Dane belies is friendly and gentle nature. Often described as a "gentle giant", the Great Dane is generally very amiable with other dogs, other pets and human beings. Great Danes can be wary of strangers which does make them very good guard dogs. With proper socialization, the Great Dane will bond well with small children making it a good family pet. Courageous and loyal, the Great Dane bonds strongly to its owner and family and loves to play with them. Neglecting the Great Dane can lead to it displaying destructive behaviour.

  • Height, Weight

    Height: Dogs 30-34 inches (76-86 cm) Bitches 28-32 inches (71-81 cm)                                            

    Weight: Dogs 120-200 pounds (54-90 kg) Bitches 100-130 pounds (45-59 kg)

  • Health Problems

    This breed, like many others, is prone to hip dysplasia. Great Danes can also suffer from bloat and heart disease. Tail injuries can be common and tumors can also affect the breed.

  • Living Conditions

    The Great Dane will do okay in apartments, if sufficiently exercised, but is best suited to larger households with a large yard.

  • Exercise

    The Great Dane requires a lot of physical stimulation. They require long, brisk daily walks. However, owners should not over-exercise the Great Dane as it grows as this can cause joint and bone issues in later life.

  • Life Expectancy

    Not a particularly long-lived breed, the average is under 10 years, however some can live to be 12-13 years old.

  • Litter Size

    On average, the Great Dane will have 8 puppies.

  • Grooming

    The short-haired and smooth coat requires little maintenance. Simply brushing and combing it on a weekly basis will keep it in top condition.

  • Group

    Mastiff, AKC Working

  • Recognition