The Great Dane is a majestic looking dog with a friendly and patient demeanor. These are working dogs with a loyal, dependable nature. They are large dogs, growing to a height of 30 inches on average and weighing around 110-175 pounds. The average life expectancy of a Great Dane is 7-10 years. Standard colors in Great Danes include black, white, brindle, merle, fawn, chocolate, mantle, and merlequin, and harlequin (the black and white patchwork that is most recognizable in this breed).
While affectionate with family members, given their large size, Great Danes may not be the best choice for families with very young children. They do, however, get along reasonably well with other dogs.
It's important to understand the commitments required before owning a dog of such imposing size, including exercise requirements, space requirements, and financial commitments. A Great Dane will tower over most other dogs. When up on his hind legs, this dog can be taller than most people.
Great Danes are alert by nature and make excellent guard dogs. While friendly with family members, an intruder may find that a Great Dane is anything but friendly.
Great Danes have a short, smooth coat that does not shed much for most of the year. However, your Great Dane will require a weekly brushing to keep shedding under control. Hair loss can increase during shedding season. This is a low-odor dog that only needs a bath once in a while.
A Great Dane needs plenty of exercise to stay healthy – a brisk walk 2-3 times a day should suffice. This breed is an excellent companion to active individuals and can easily keep up with joggers and hikers. However, you should allow your Great Dane puppy to mature before including her in such activities to avoid joint damage.
Great Dane puppies need early socialization and exposure to different types of places, people, and situations to develop into well-behaved and well-adjusted Great Dane adults.
In terms of health, Great Dane owners should be vigilant for bloating (distension and twisting of the stomach) which is the leading cause of death in this breed. You can reduce the risk of this health problem by giving your Great Dane multiple small meals a day and avoiding vigorous exercise around mealtimes.