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Great Dane

All About Great Dane

Great-Dane

Description of a Great Dane

The tallest of all the dog breeds, the Great Dane is often called the Apollo of dogs. They have short, very dense hair with no furnishing or feathering. They have an elegant and powerful body with a deep chest and a square body. The legs of the Great Dane are strong and powerful with arched, cat like feet. The tail is very thin and long, reaching to the middle of the back hock. It is carried low and slightly curved. The muzzle is square in shape and there is a very pronounced stop between the muzzle and the eyes. The eyes are dark brown and very alert and intelligent. The ears may be cropped and every erect or left natural with a fold. The head is carried high on a gentle sloping powerful neck. Colors include fawn, blue, black, mantle (black body with white chest, face and leg markings), brindle (black and brown blended) and harlequin (black and white irregular patches). There are also Great Danes in merle colors, but these are not recognized.

Temperament of a Great Dane

The Great Dane is like the gentle giant of the dog breeds, good with both children and other animals. As with any large breed of dog early training is critical as many people will be naturally afraid of any large breed. Originally bred as hunting dogs, they can be aggressive if necessary and will protect the family both as guard dogs and watch dogs. The Great Dane is easy to train and very comfortable staying quietly in the house. They often don't seem to realize how big they are and love to be close to their family. Teen-aged Great Danes tend to go through an awkward stage when they are growing and may be a bit more active and energetic than mature Great Danes.

 

Grooming & Shedding of a Great Dane

Even though the breed has very short hair they do shed continually throughout the year. Regular grooming with a slicker brush or grooming mitt will help remove dead hair from the coat. Nails should be kept short to prevent lameness or foot problems. Most Great Danes will only need occasional dry bathing and actual water bathing may be problematic because of their huge size. They need to be kept out of cold conditions.

History of the Great Dane

Bred in Germany as a boar hunting dog in the 14th century, they were also used as war dogs and as large game hunting dogs. Thought to have originated from the wolfhound and mastiff breeds, they were bred for endurance, stamina and bravery. Even though the breed has the name Great Dane, it was not bred in that country and in Germany, its home, it is only officially known by its German name, Deutsche dogge.

Health Issues with a Great Dane

  • Major Concerns: canine hip dysplasia, gastric torsion, cardiomyopathy
  • Minor Concerns: osteosarcoma, OCD (growth proplems), elbow dysplasia, CVI (Wobbler's syndrome), cataracts, HOD (lameness, pain)
  • Occasionally seen: von Willebrand's disease, glaucoma
  • Suggested tests: eye, hip, elbow, blood, cardiac

Characteristics of the Great Dane

Height Males 30 -34 inches (76-86 cm) Females 28-32 inches (71-81 cm)
Weight Males 120-200 pounds (54-90 kg) Females 100-130 pounds (45-59 kg)
Lifespan Under 12 years on average
Exercise Medium – long walks
Apartment Yes – with regular exercise
Families Yes
Young Children Yes
Need exercise space Yes – at least daily long walks

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