The Great Dane is one of the largest dog breeds and is recognized as a huge dog breed. This is a regal, clever, and devoted dog with a friendly demeanor. Great Danes, often known as gentle giants, are adored for their happy temperament and affectionate companionship. Great Danes form strong bonds with their owners and make excellent family dogs. In most households, a well-trained dog will thrive.
To handle the dog’s enormous size, your home does not need to be exceptionally vast, but you do need some extra room (especially due to that long tail). Unfortunately, this breed, like other huge dog breeds, has a shorter lifespan than the normal dog. However, Great Dane enthusiasts will tell you that any amount of time spent with a Great Dane is rewarding.
Although some claim the breed has ancient origins, Great Danes originated in Germany. They are most likely descendants of the English Mastiff and the Irish Wolfhound. Despite the name “Dane,” the breed originated in Germany as a boar hunter. The powerful boar necessitated the use of an equally powerful dog to keep the prey safe until the hunter came.
Over time, the breed evolved from a hunting dog to a companion and watchdog. German breeders attempted to make them less aggressive, which resulted in the calm temperaments that are most popular today. Great Danes first debuted in the United States in the late 1800s and have grown in popularity throughout time.
The American Kennel Club (AKC) first recognized the breed in 1887. Great Danes hold the Guinness World Record for being the world’s tallest dog. Zeus, who stands 44 inches tall, is a recent record holder. They are represented in popular culture via the cartoon Scooby-Doo and the comic-strip character Marmaduke.
The fact that Great Danes have short coats is excellent news for owners because it means less maintenance. Their coats can be a range of colors, including Fawn, Blue, and Black. They typically needs nothing more than routine grooming with weekly brushing. They shed especially heavy during the spring and fall. Great Danes need to bathe routinely, usually once or twice a month. Great Danes should weigh more than 100 pounds (50 kg) in both genders, with males weighing at least 120 pounds.
- Weight: 50 to 100 kg
- Coat length: Short
- Amount of shedding: High
- Color: Brindle, fawn, blue, black, harlequin (white with black patches), or mantle (black and white)
- Pattern: Solid, harlequin, and mantle
This breed’s behavior is frequently described as noble. Despite their size, Great Danes are the quintessential “gentle giant” among canines. Because they are so tall, they can often approach eye-level with humans, depending on the conditions and seating. However, the breed can be highly affable and responsive to social situations involving more than one person.
The breed, on the other hand, should not be shy; they should be willing to accompany you to a range of locations without becoming concerned or intimidated by other dog breeds.
- Lifespan: 5 to 8 years
- Active: Medium
- Intelligence: Medium
- Vocalize: High
Responsible breeders have strived to maintain the highest quality breed standards as set by kennel clubs such as AKC. Dogs bred according to these standards tend to inherit genetic diseases. Among the diseases that need to be considered include:
- Hip dysplasia: A condition in which the hip socket is formed abnormally.
- Elbow hygroma: A soft swelling filled with fluid over a bony part or pressure point on a dog’s body
- Dilated cardiomypathy (DCM): Genetic disease in large dog
- Caudal cervical spondylomyelopathy: Wobbler syndrome and cervical vertebral instability
- Gastric dilatation-volvulus: Bloat
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