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Great Dane

Great Dane Dog Breed Information

Size 28-34 in (72-86 cm)
Weight 99-200 lb (45-91 kg)
Origin Germany
Color Yellow brindle, mottled black, blue
Lifespan 7-10 years
Suitable as Family dogs, companion dogs, guard dogs
Personality Strong, loving, even-tempered, calm, relaxed
Exercise Dog Exercise
Drooling Dog Drooling
Shedding Dog Shedding
Fur care Dog Fur Care

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Breed Characteristics

The Great Dane’s love for humans is as big as its sizable stature. They like to cuddle and seem to fancy themselves as cute little lapdogs. It’s almost like they don’t know how large they are (or they don't WANT to know). This XXL dog is docile, very affectionate and obedient.

But it needs the right training. This is especially important with the Great Dane, because such a big, heavy dog is not as easy to hold as a chihuahua is. Fortunately, it is not boisterous but relaxed and easy to train, too.

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The Great Dane gets along well in an apartment, because it likes to relax close to his owner anyway. However, the apartment should be a bigger one. Small apartments are definitely not suitable. Due to its body size and its tail, it would - unintentionally but regularly - throw things over.

Let's check some records! The largest Great Dane that ever lived was Zeus. He was 44 in (111.8 cm) tall from paw to shoulder. The largest female Great Dane was Morgan with 3 ft 2.6 in (98.15 cm). But don't worry: Not every Great Dane gets as big.

Please note: Like many other large dogs the Great Dane does not get very old. Its lifespan is usually around the 8 years.

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Great Danes are available in many great colors: fawn, brindle, blue and black. There are also special fur markings, named as the "Harlequin" (black and white patches) or "Mantle" (black fur covers the body like a coat).


In fact, the Great Dane was bred to help with hunting wild boar. By the time huntsman prefered firearmes over dogs, they were no longer needed and have almost been „forgotten“. Luckily, the Great Dane was bred again by breeders who had a passion for specific dog breeds.

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Where Does the Name Come From?

In Germany the dog is called „Deutsche Dogge“ (German Dogge). The name Great Dane traces back to the French naturalist George-Louis Leclerc de Buffon. He saw the dogs in Denmark and wrote about them. Although the Danes actually did not develop the breed, the name was kept.

Health and Care

The Great Dane sheds a lot, but its coat is easy to care for.

Did You Know?

The dog Scooby-Doo from the famous cartoon series is a Great Dane.

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