Great Dane Size
If you have never seen a Great Dane in real life, prepare to be impressed. These are magnificent dogs, with males topping 30 inches and averaging 120 lbs (54 kgs) and females topping 28 inches and 100 lbs (46 kgs).
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Do Great Danes Need A Large Backyard?
The Drawbacks of Living with a Great Dane
You’d probably be surprised how many dane owners decide that one is just not enough. This dog breed is so addictive it should come with a warning. Once you share your life with a Great Dane, you’ll be surprised how easily you will convince yourself to add another to the family. Before you know it you are the local crazy Dane dad.
You might not find it written in any list of Great Dane breed characteristics and traits, but it has to be said that they are farty dogs. And oh, the slobber! Just like with the Dogue de Bordeaux, another of the Big Doggos, with a Great Dane in the house, you’ll get in the habit of having slobber cloths handy at strategic points throughout your home.
They are also part velcro. Wherever you are in the house, there’s a Dane-shaped shadow right next to you. Once you get your Dane, you will never be alone again. And that means not on the sofa, not in your bed, and not in the toilet.
And did we mention goofy? There’s a good reason that Scooby Doo was based on a Great Dane. They are Scooby silly, scatty, and they can be skittish too – scared of a lollipop stick
Tips for first-time Great Dane owners:
Training and socialization:
Great Danes are quite sensitive and emotional and they do better with positive training. Start socializing Great Dane pups as early as possible. Be consistent, and gently firm with the training. Danes are intelligent and eager to please, but they can also be stubborn if not properly trained.
Great Danes have a lot of energy and need plenty of exercise to stay healthy and happy. A daily walk and playtime in a securely fenced yard will help them burn off energy and avoid destructive behavior.
Great Danes have a high metabolism. They do well on a high-quality dog food that is appropriate for their size and energy level. They also grow very quickly when they are pups, so need food formulated for large-breed puppies. Note that you can use a portion of your dog’s daily food portion for training treats.
Great Dane Health Issues:
One big drawback of the Great Dane that all owners will agree on, is they have too short lifespan. Great Danes have a lifespan of only around 7-10 years.
They are prone to bloat, (Gastric Dilation – Volvulus) a painful and potentially fatal condition that requires immediate surgical intervention.
Other conditions affecting Great Danes, include dilated cardiomyopathy, hip dysplasia, osteoarthritis and thyroid conditions.
When ready to buy your big doggo, check that the Great Dane breeder you have chosen is doing pre-breeding genetic health tests on prospective breeding pairs.
Although that is no guarantee that your dog will not develop any of these conditions, it reduces the likelihood that they will develop.
Great Danes have a short, shiny coat that requires a brush once a week or so, to keep it in top condition. use over them for hints.
Finding Your Great Dane
If you are not set on getting a puppy, you can research Great Dane rescue shelters in your area. If you are not quite ready for a lifetime commitment to your own Great Dane but have some space, time and love to spare, you might also consider fostering a dog from a breed rescue.
Don’t expect either the shelters or breeders to make it easy for you to adopt. If they do not ask you a ton of questions about your fitness and ability to look after one of their dogs, they are not a good place to find your four-legged friend. These people are rescuing or breeding Great Danes because they love the breed. They are likely tired to the back teeth of stories about bad owners, and they will vet you because they want their dogs to go to a good forever home.
Great Dane Breed History
The Great Dane originated in Germany during the 1600s. They were originally bred from Mastiff-type dogs to hunt wild boar as well as other big game. Over time, the breed was bred for size and strength, eventually leading to what we would now recognize as the modern Great Dane.