Common names: Apollo of Dogs, Gentle Giant
Dog Breed Group: Working Dogs
Life span: 7-10 years
Weight: 100 to 200 pounds
Height: 26-34 inches tall at the shoulder
These well-balanced, elegant dogs people love today were from Germany. German nobles used these dogs to hunt ferocious wild boars. Later it was often found as an estate guardian. The name Great Dane was originated because a French naturalist, who traveled to Denmark, saw a version of this Boar Hound. He called this dog Grand Danois, which finally became a Great Danish Dog. Today Great Danes became famous as protectors of their home and loved ones. With their calm nature and giant stature, it’s no wonder that many people love this interesting dog. The Great Dane is often referred to as “gentle giants”. He is affectionate and loves children. Despite their sweet nature, Danes are also alert watchdogs. Just the sight of these gentle giants is already enough to make invaders think twice. But those foolish enough to slip up the breed’s friendliness for softness will meet a powerful foe of true valor and spirit
These large domestic dogs are described by the American Kennel Club for their elegance and great size combined with their regal appearance, well-formed, and smoothly muscled body. They never appear clumsy and shall move with a long reach and powerful drive. Male Great Danes are 30 to 34 inches tall and weigh 120 to 200 pounds while the female is 28 to 32 inches tall and weigh 100 to 130 pounds. The Great Dane’s coat colors include brindle, fawn, blue, black, harlequin (white with black patches), and mantle (black and white with a solid black “blanket” over the body). The Great Dane is easy to groom because it is a short-haired breed, but it does shed. It also drools, so get the habit of carrying a hand towel to wipe up slobber.
Great Danes are generally healthy, but like many giant dogs; Great Danes are short-lived. Therefore it is important to be aware of diseases if considering this breed to lengthen the existence. Like much larger breed, Great Danes are at particular risk for Hip Dysplasia. They are also prone to encounter heart diseases; dilated cardiomyopathy and many congenital heart diseases are also commonly found in the Great Dane, leading to its nickname: the heartbreak breed, in conjunction with its shorter lifespan. They are also prone to gastric torsion also called bloat, which is a life-threatening condition. To avoid bloat, a rest period of 40 minutes to one hour after meals is recommended before exercise. Bone cancer is another leading cause of death in Great Danes. They are prone to several skeletal, vision, and neurological problems. Owners should keep tabs on their dog’s overall condition and consult their vet with any questions or concerns that may arise
The short, thick, smooth coat of Great Danes sheds once or twice a year. A good going-over with a rubber hound mitt or brushing with a soft bristle brush every week to remove loose hair may help in promoting fine hair growth. However Great Danes are bathed occasionally unless roll in something stinky. Like other dogs, nails must be trimmed regularly.
Though they may seem sedate, these dogs need daily exercise depending on their age. An adult Dane needs a brisk walk two or three times a day. As a pup, a good 10 or 20-minute walk a day is recommended. They are a good companion for jogging and hiking but wait until they’re 18 months old to avoid damage to growing joints. Because of the risk of bloat, avoid rigorous exercise around mealtimes. These dogs are good scent dogs, therefore a leash is recommended during walks to prevent running-off in pursuit of a compelling scent.
These giant dogs need a lot of fuel, particularly when they’re growing. Great Dane puppy needs its food designed for large breeds. It is best not to supplement anything especially not with calcium. These dogs are recommended to have the right amount of high-quality dry food a day, depending on their age and gender. For three to six months, female Great Dane, it is recommended to have a daily amount of three to six cups; meanwhile, for males, it is four to eight cups. For eight months to one year, female Great Dane, it is recommended to have a daily amount of five to eight cups; meanwhile, for males, it is six to ten cups. For adolescent female Great Dane, it is recommended to have a daily amount of eight cups; meanwhile, for males, it is fifteen cups. For adults, female Great Dane, it is recommended to have a daily amount of six to eight cups; meanwhile, for male, it is eight to ten cups. Until the age of four to five months, a Great Dane pup should have three meals per day. After that, give them two meals per day and never one meal per day
- The record holder for the tallest dog ever is a Great Dane called Zeus, who measured 44.0 in from paw to shoulder. The tallest living dog is another Dane named Freddy, measuring 40.7 in.
- Animation designer Iwao Takamoto based the Hanna-Barbera character Scooby-Doo on a Great Dane. He derived his design from sketches given to him by a Hanna-Barbera employee who bred Danes, and then endeavored to make Scooby the opposite of a perfect pedigree, with a longer tail, bowed legs, small chin and a sloping back.
- In the Harry Potter novels, Hagrid’s pet Fang is said to be a boarhound. The films used a Neapolitan Mastiff.
- Great Danes are flatulent, but they give you someone to blame your emissions on.