Dog Breed profiles
Great Dane Breed Profile
Great Dane fact file
KC Group: Working
Size: X large
Height: Minimum height over age of 18 months: Dogs 76cm; bitches: 71cm
Weight: Minimum weight over age of 18 months: Dogs 54kg; bitches: 46kg
Average lifespan: 8 years
Good with children?: Seek breeder advice
Exercise requirement: Lots
Good guard dogs?: Yes
Moulting level: Low
Colour: Brindle, fawn, blue, black, harlequin, and mantle are the standard colours
Jogging partner: Short runs
- Heart problems.
- Hip dysplasia.
- Gastric dilatation volvulus (bloat).
- Cervical spondylopathy (wobbler’s syndrome).
- Intelligent and dignified.
- Very tolerant and quite sensitive.
- Devoted and loving.
- Contrary to general belief, you don’t need a huge house to own a Great Dane. As long as he is well exercised and comfortable he will be happy.
- Great Danes want to spend time with their families. They are not suitable for those who work all day, but can be left for a few hours.
- They show a tolerance and affection towards children, although interactions should be supervised.
- They get on with other pets.
- Puppies need short, structured exercise two or three times a day. Prolonged exercise can damage their rapidly growing bones.
- Adult Great Danes need around 40 minutes of exercise a day, but will be happy to go much longer.
- Great Danes are eager to please making them relatively easy to train.
- It is important to start training and socialisaion early as any problems can be compounded because they are so large.
- They can take part in many dog activities. There are even some groups specifically for large breeds.
- The Great Dane’s short coat needs grooming once a week.
- These dogs tend to show their age around seven years old. They will value routine more than ever and tend to be more affected by the cold.
- Faithful and tolerant.
- A good guard dog.
- Eager to please.
- Short life expectancy.
Did you know?
- Great Danes were originally used as hunting dogs to catch wild boar.
- The breed was introduced to Britain in 1877.
- They make excellent watchdogs and guard dogs.