Great Dane

Great Dane

Great Dane At a Glance

Country of Origin:


Breed Group:

AKC (Working); ANKC (Non Sporting); CKC (Working); FCI (Molossoid); KC (Working); UKC (Guardian)


Giant. Weight: Males 119 lbs; Females 101.5 lbs minimum Height: Males 30 inches ; Females 28 inches minimum


Short but thick.


Brindle, Fawn, Blue, Black, Harlequin, Mantle; Also Boston

Life Span:

7 to 10 years

Breed Profile

Affection Level
Barking Tendencies
Cat Friendly
Cold Weather Tolerance
Exercise Needs
General Health
Grooming Needs
Hot Weather Tolerance
Kid Friendly
Shedding Level
Social Needs
Watchdog Ability

Did You Know?

Famous cartoon character Scooby Doo and his nephew are Great Danes!

Great Dane Overview

At his roots, the Great Dane is from a long line of boar hounds. These dogs were used to hunt boar, bait bulls or even fight in wars. The breed needed to be large, agile, tough and strong. As the breed was refined and became more popular in Germany, Great Danes became loving family pets instead of their hunting ancestors.


Great Dane Characteristics

Great Danes are one of the largest and most notable breeds. They are considered a Giant Breed of dog, and feature either cropped or naturally dropped ears, a long, skinny tail and a big body. They can be loveable and comical in their nature, often retaining a sort of puppy behavior despite their enormous bodies.


Great Dane Temperament

Great Danes make great family pets, as the dogs love to be near their owners. In some cases, Great Danes can become so attached that they may accidentally knock a person over by attempting to lean into them as close as possible. Great Danes may also be slightly protective of their families, a throwback to their previous jobs as hunting and war dogs.

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Great Dane Care

Great Danes live on average 7 to 10 years, typical for a giant breed dog. Larger breed dogs tend to have shorter lifespans due to a number of health concerns. Some concerns in the Great Dane include hip dysplasia, cardiomyopathy and cervical vertebral instability (CVI). Great Danes are also prone to bloat, or Gastric Dilation and Volvulus (GDV) as well as various cancers.


Great Dane Coat

The coat of the Great Dane is very easy to care for, being thick and short. However, regular brushing and grooming is still recommended to help with the amount of shedding that can occur. Due to the large size of the Great Dane there is just a lot more hair!


Great Dane Training

Great Danes are eager to please and can be easily trained if it involves pleasing their owner. Their biggest obstacle to training is their large size, which can make them clumsy or easily knock into things when trying to be obedient. However, some Great Danes can be independent, and may need to be enticed in order to decide they want to learn, too.


Great Dane Activity

Despite their large size and hunting background, Great Danes can be great couch potatoes. Regular exercise is still recommended to keep them in shape, however they are just as content at home on a bed as they are outdoors and in active situations.

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