All About Great Danes
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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.
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.
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.
- Great Danes have short, thick coats. As a low-maintenance breed, they require little care for their glossy fur.
- They have rectangular faces and long, muscular necks.
- Their fore- and hindquarters are strong, and they have a long, powerful stride.
6 to 8 years
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.
Great Danes have a low tolerance for hot and cold climates. They prefer to be indoors with a regulated temperature when possible
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.
- Despite what their name implies, Great Danes are not Danish. They hail from Germany.
- A Chinese manuscript dating to 1121 B.C. contains the earliest written reference to a dog whose description fits the breed.
- Great Danes' original purpose in Germany was to hunt boar.