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Great Dane

Also referred to as Deutsche Dogge or German Mastiff

Find some great facts about this breed. Learn about the average
height & weight, the typical colorings & temperaments, plus information
about their activity level, age expectancy, typical health concerns & more!

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Great Dane

All About Great Danes

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Average Height & Weight

The Great Dane is considered an EXTRA LARGE dog based on the average height and weight.


Males – Height: 32 to 25 inches.

Weight: 130 to 180 pounds.

Females – Height: 31 to 33 inches.

Weight: 100 to 150 pounds.

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Great Dane


Typical Coloring

Great Danes are commonly brindle, fawn, blue, black, harlequin and mantle.





Friendly and energetic with a noble bearing, Great Danes are often called the "gentle giants" of the dog world. They are easygoing and also easy to train. They make wonderful, attentive companions.




Activity Level

Great Danes require a low amount of activity compared to their size.

Though Great Danes are among the larger dog breeds, their exercise needs are quite modest. They are content with a daily walk or a session playing in the backyard.


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Breed Characteristics



Age Expectancy

6 to 8 years

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Known Breed-Related Health Issues

The most common health concerns for Great Danes include gastric torsion, canine hip dysplasia and cardiomyopathy. Cervical vertebral instability (also referred to as wobbler's syndrome), cataracts, elbow dysplasia, osteosarcoma and hypertrophic osteodystrophy are less common but still occur within the breed, while glaucoma and Von Willebrand Disease are seen occasionally.




Ideal Climates for this Breed

Great Danes have a low tolerance for hot and cold climates. They prefer to be indoors with a regulated temperature when possible



Great Dane


Family Orientation
(good with kids, or other pets?)

Great Danes love children. However, because of their large size, they can scare small kids, and they should always be monitored around them. They can be shy with other dogs and other household pets, though they will become more friendly over time.





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