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Great Dane

WEIGHT: 100 to 120 lbs
HEIGHT: 28 to 32 inches
COLOR(S): Brindle, fawn, blue, black or harlequin (white is preferable with all black or all blue patches that have the appearance of being torn). They can also have a mantle pattern, which is black with a white collar and chest, a white muzzle, and white on all or
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The Great Dane is a giant dog that combines nobility with robustness and power with elegance. It is regal in appearance, having dignity, strength and elegance. This breed is the tallest of dog breeds with its great size and well-formed muscled body. The Great Dane is known as the friendly giant, it should show no unprovoked aggression. This breed is gentle, loyal, affectionate, and patient; it makes a great family dog. It makes a perfect companion to children. Adapts well to city life if given plenty of space and exercise. Despite its large size it should not be kenneled but kept indoors as a member of the family.


The Great Dane loves everyone and needs to be around people. It is brave, loyal, responsible and dependable. The Great Dane does not bark much and only becomes aggressive when the circumstances require. It makes a good watchdog. Because of its giant size, the Great Dane should be thoroughly obedience trained when young so it will be manageable when fully grown. It may be stubborn, but early training will help alleviate this problem. It is important to teach this giant dog not to lean against people, especially children. It may be dog aggressive, especially with same sex dogs. It is good with other dogs if it is raised with them from puppyhood. The Great Dane truly loves the comforts of home and you may find it sleeping in your big easy chair. This breed needs plenty of exercise; minimal is a long daily walk.


Short, dense, smooth, sleek. The coat is easy to groom. Comb, brush and dry shampoo when necessary. Keep nails trimmed. Comb and brush with a firm bristle brush and dry shampoo when necessary. This breed is an average shedder.


With being so large, Great Danes are prone to more problems than a smaller dog. Hip dysplasia, some genetic heart problems, osteosarcoma (bone tumors), Wobbler Syndrome and bloat (twisted stomach or gastric torsion) are all potential health concerns for this breed. Bloat is a health issue to most dogs, being the second largest killer of dogs other than cancer, but Great Danes can be particularly susceptible to it because of their very deep chests.


Great Danes need plenty of exercise, minimal is a long daily walk. They also need plenty of space to stretch their legs.


Trainability is easy as long as it is done with positive emphasis because they are sensitive.

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