Great Danes, also known as the German Mastiff and Danish Hound, are from the Working Dog Breeds group of dogs. They are among the Most Popular Dog Breeds and can be a wonderful choice for many families that are up to the challenge of raising a huge dog.
Great Dane Size and Appearance
The Great Dane’s name is an obvious clue to its sheer size and especially its height. Males stand at least 30 inches tall and weigh at least 120 pounds. Females are slightly smaller. From a distance they might be mistaken for a horse!
Their colors vary quite a bit with six normal variations including: Fawn (yellow with black on the face); Blue (a bluish grey); Brindle (yellow and black with a tiger stripe pattern); Harlequin (mainly white with black patches); Mantle (a black “blanket” over the back with a white underside); and Black
Personality and Attitude
At first glance you might think that this breed is not friendly due to its large size. They are actually quite gentle dogs and love people. Like all dogs they need early training and socialization (introduction to other dogs). And like other large breeds early training is important due to their large size. Without training your Dane could be difficult to manage. For example, they are tall enough to rest their head on your kitchen table or countertops – imagine if it decides it wants what it sees!
If you are prepared to give your Dane regular exercise and mental stimulation you will be rewarded with a friendly, loyal and obedient companion. It will show that it wants to please you and be a part of the family.
When you take it out it will show great confidence, but also gentleness with strangers. If threatened it will defend family and home with all its might. They are very calm and always aware, so a Dane makes a great household guard dog. I must stress that they are an indoor dog – not a dog to be left to its own devices shut out in the back yard.
Health and Lifespan
Like other large dog breeds, Great Danes are at risk for bloat, hip dysplasia, and heart disease. With good veterinary care, regular exercise and good nutrition your Dane will live 8-10 years and possibly longer.
Should you Adopt a Great Dane?
If you are up for giving your dog regular exercise, early training, and don’t mind a bit of “slobber” and shedding, a Dane could be a great companion in your home. It will really want to be part of the family and will gladly learn from you. Make sure to get your Dane from a Reputable Dog Breeder or rescue so that you know its background and have some assurance of its quality
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