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Great Dane Breed Information

Gentle Giants is the best way to describe them. Think Marmaduke & Scooby Doo …

The Great Dane was originally bred to hunt wild boar, but he probably wouldn’t be very good at it today. The ferociousness necessary to track down such a large, wily animal was eventually bred out of the Great Dane. He’s now a gentle soul who generally gets along well with other dogs, animals, and humans.

However, his size and his power bark will scare the wits out of a burglar. Anyone who owns one of these dogs eventually understands that while you may be used to his awesome size, others usually need a little time to get there.

The Great Dane was developed from Mastiff-type dogs, but he’s more refined than other descendants of this ancient breed. A Great Dane is sleek and elegant. He has an athletic, muscular body. His massive head — and massive is the right word — is long and narrow.

He’s got a long, graceful neck. His ears can be cropped or left natural. (Cropped ears are common in the U.S., but in other countries, ear-cropping is banned.)

His size can present problems. Eyeballing a dog who weighs what you do makes some folks nervous. His tail can knock over a lot of things, particularly in a small space. And given the opportunity, he’s an impressive counter surfer. Luckily, he isn’t rambunctious or highly energetic.

Size notwithstanding, a Great Dane is a sweet, affectionate companion. He loves to play and is gentle with children. He has a peaceful disposition, although he hasn’t lost any of the courage that helped him hunt wild boar. Although he isn’t particularly vocal (despite his killer power bark), he wouldn’t hesitate to defend his family.

Even given his inherent gentleness, it’s advisable to teach him good manners and attend obedience training classes when he’s young. His sheer size alone could make him impossible to control when he’s an adult, and — as with any dog — you never know when he might see something he just has to chase.

He’s eager to please and highly people-oriented, demanding a great deal of attention from those around him. He tends to nudge people with that big old head of his when he wants to be petted. Sometimes you’ll meet one with lap-dog tendencies who see no reason not to hop onto the sofa and drape themselves on you.

Surprisingly, the Great Dane typically doesn’t eat as much food as you’d think. And while he needs daily exercise, he doesn’t need a huge yard to play in (although he certainly would enjoy one).

Because of his beauty and gentle nature, more and more people are discovering the Great Dane. He currently ranks as the 24th most popular dog breed, according to registrations with the American Kennel Club.

  • The Great Dane is sweet, eager to please, people-oriented, easy to house train, and he responds well to training using positive reinforcement.
  • Like many giant dogs, Great Danes are short-lived.
  • Great Danes require a lot of space. Even though they make great house dogs, they need a lot of room just to move around. There’s little that they can’t reach (kitchen counters and dinner tables are no problem), and their tails can easily sweep your coffee table clean.
  • It takes a while for the bones and joints of large dogs such as Great Danes to stop growing and become stable. Don’t allow your Great Dane puppy to jump, and don’t take him jogging until he’s at least 18 months old; this will reduce stress on the growing bones and joints.
  • The Dane’s special giant-breed dietary requirements have to be followed, or else orthopedic issues can develop.

Great Danes need training!!! They Need a lot of love. Leaving them alone for too long can cause them to become depressed and destructive. Think of what a sweet little puppy can chew up and multiply that because they are fast growing they can reach at things normal size dogs can’t.

They are fairly intelligent , surely knows when they did wrong and you can see the “sorry” look in their eyes. They can problem solve very good.

They are great with children please just remember that they are a giant breed and they might not mean it but they can be intimidating because of their size. Never leave young children unattended with any large or giant breed dog accidents can happen with being knocked over or stepped on. (a sore toe or foot might cause tears)

The Great Dane wants to be where the family is. He likes people a lot, including strangers and children, and will welcome visitors happily, unless he thinks you need defending. Then he can be fiercely protective.

Enrolling him in a puppy kindergarten class is a great start. Inviting visitors over regularly, and taking him to busy parks, stores that allow dogs, and on leisurely strolls to meet neighbours will also help him polish his social skills.
Don’t let your puppy do things you do not want him/her to do as an adult dog. 

I do believe once you owned a Great Dane you will never want another dog again. They are just the most adorable pets you will ever have.

Before buying a Great Dane make sure you can deal with a Giant dog and the responsibilities that goes with it. PLEASE DO YOUR RESEARCH.

Did you Know!!!

 

That Great Danes are People dogs.

That They live Comfortably in not so big  Places.

That They are called the Apollo of all dogs.

The Great Dane is Pennsylvania’s state dog.

They were bred to be hunting dogs.

They are from Germany not Denmark.

At Least 3 Famous cartoon characters are Great Danes.

A Great Dane can run between 48 Km/h to 64 Km/h making them the 10 th fastest dog.

That they really do not eat that much.

Life span: 6 – 8 years ( Can exceed this average age)
Black
Mantle 
Fawn  
Brindle  
Blue  
Harlequin  
only 6 colours of many are mentioned because this are the only recognised colours according to the breed standard. Lots of other colours do exist but are non show colours and considered faults.
 More about breed standard can be read about in the following link. https://www.kusa.co.za/index.php/documents/breed-standards/working-group/210-great-dane

Height: Female: 71–81 cm, Male: 76–86 cm
Weight: Female: 45–59 kg, Male: 54–90 kg
Temperament: Devoted, Reserved, Gentle, Friendly, Confident, Loving
The Great Dane is much more of a “watchdog” than a “guard dog.” The phrase “it’s bark is worse than it’s bite” is very applicable to the Dane, as their bark is quite intimidating, but will do very little to actually deter an intruder if one got into your home. But not to be under estimated when it come to protecting his/her family.
Not that the size of a Great Dane is anything that a intruder will willingly want to face.
Had a delivery guy once tell me .. The thing with that big dog is it wont smell your bottom it will smell you here at the chest and then look you in the eye …. 🙂

Great Dane as a therapy Dog.

Link to some good to read information. On why a Great Dane makes a good therapy dog.http://www.gdca.org/therapy-great-danes.html

and

https://www.petinsurancequotes.com/pet-care/a-guide-to-therapy-animals.html

Therapy Great Danes
Therapy dogs have to have certain innate temperament traits as well as some good training to succeed. Among the temperament traits necessary are friendliness, gentleness & empathy towards people.
Because these traits are very much typical for the Great Dane, this breed makes for a natural therapy dog! Many dedicated teams of Danes with their owners are already out there in the community volunteering & making a difference. Maybe you too would like to share your wonderfully sweet & loving Great Dane with those in need in your town?

Therapy dogs work in all kinds of settings with all sorts of people. Some visit nursing homes, visiting with the elderly. Some go to hospitals and to hospices to visit with the very ill. Some work with children, especially children with disabilities. Some visit our injured soldiers returning from war. Some even work with kids in libraries & schools, helping them to read!

Most of the training skills needed are covered in puppy and basic manners classes. The Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test is the core of most therapy dog tests, which add into that skill set things like familiarization with medical equipment & with those with infirmities. To begin work, the potential therapy dog will typically have to be able to pass every item as listed in this brochure. http://www.tdi-dog.org/images/TestingBrochure.pdf The dog must be at least a year old to test. The dog’s health also has to be certified by a qualified veterinarian annually.

The handler (owner) will have to have the time & motivation to volunteer regularly in their community and will also have to feel comfortable with the chosen “patient population.” Training & grooming have to be maintained. Local therapy dog organizations and specific facilities may impose further requirements.

To learn more about therapy dogs, visit the following websites:
THERAPY DOGS INTERNATIONAL, INC. http://www.tdi-dog.org/
Pet Partners https://petpartners.org
THERAPY DOGS INC http://www.therapydogs.com/

BEFORE GETTING A GREAT DANE PUPPY!

All Great Dane owners will know the reaction of people when they see your huge kiddo walking beside you. Most reactions will be that ahw wow I also want a Great Dane or I’ve always wanted a Great Dane. I am not writing this to shatter dreams of owning one or two or an entire pack of these lovely Breed. But as an owner and Breeder I do need to educate.

 

They are very special dogs. Placid and loving in temperament. They love children and they are mostly not very active.

 

So before buying or even adopting one of these amazing dogs you need to answer the following questions for yourself honestly.

They are a GIANT BREED.

Are you freaked out by a wet nose and mouth dripping on your Jeans or hands?  If yes consider a different breed.

Are you prepared to look after a puppy the size of a full grown Labrador? Because they grow very fast and they stay puppy for at least 18 months. If no consider a different breed.

Are you prepared for the vet, food and maintenance bills of a Giant Breed?

If No get another breed.

Are you willing to spend time and money on training ? YES THEY NEED TRAINING.   If not you should not get a Great Dane because you will end up giving it up before it reaches the age of 1 year.

Do you work or travel long hours or days away from home? If yes you can consider a doggy day care or you should get another breed Great Danes don’t do well when left alone for too long without attention and human interaction they will start destroying your home or garden

Last but not least please take in account how big this Breed can become and before having your and the dogs heartbroken because it needs rehoming away from the people he learned to love be prepared to look after them for the remaining of this dog’s life. Listen to the advice your breeder gives and do your research because yes they are sweet and they surely are amazing but if a Great Dane don’t suit your life style you will become a part of a big problem of homeless Great Danes/Dogs.

These principals can be applied to any dog breed different types of dogs need different type of care.