great dane

 

Great Dane’s were recognised in 1887, in Germany.  But origin of the breed can be traced back to 3000 B.C. Great Danes were originally bred to hunt wild boar. Today they are one of the gentlest dog breeds, making them great family dogs. 

 

Appearance & Size

Great Dane’s are very tall and strong dogs. They have a rectangular head with a square body. Male Great Danes can be 30-34 inches in height and 54- 90 kilograms in weight. Female Great Danes can be 28-32 inches in height and 45- 63 kilograms in weight.  Danes can be found in multiple colours such as, fawn, brindle, black, blue, mantle and harlequin.

Temperament/Personality

Great Dane’s are often known as the ‘gentle giant’. They are affectionate and loving dogs. They are playful and great with kids, but they are unaware of their size, so one must be careful when they are playing with kids. They are loyal and dependable dogs. They make great family companions and watchdogs.

Grooming 

Danes have a short smooth coat, making their grooming needs relatively easy to handle. They require brushing of the coat regularly to keep the shedding in check. Bathing a Great Dane takes a lot effort due to their size so owners should brush their dogs regularly to reduce the number of baths the Dane would have to take.

Health

Great Danes have a relatively shorter life than other breeds, having a lifespan of 7 to 10 years. They are prone to hip dysplasia, heart diseases and tail injuries. In order to maintain a healthy lifestyle, pet owners should  take their Dane’s for a daily walk.