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Great Dane

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Great Dane

The Great Dane is a strong, muscular giant of a dog. They have long narrow heads with an accentuated frontal stop with rather large nasal canals. Its neck is long and muscular with perfectly straight front legs. The jaws are strong with a perfect scissor bite. The eyes are dark and medium-sized. The ears have been docked in the past but it is not unusual to see them set high and folded down. Docked ears should stand erect. Great Dane colors include fawn and brindle with a black mask, black, blue, and white with black patches (harlequin). The body length is approximately equal to the height. The tail should be thick at the base and come to a point.

Temperament Known as one of the Tallest Dogs in the World, owners of this breed should understand the financial undertaking with this breed. Danes are intelligent and affectionate dogs. They become very close and loyal to their families. They get along well with children and other pets in the home. They should be socialized and trained at a very early age and taught not to lean against people and children. They are known as the Gentle Giant, but they are quick to alert the family of any strangers approaching their territory, making them excellent guard dogs.
Height, Weight Male Height: 30-34" ; Weight: 120-200 lbs.
Female Height: 28-32" ; Weight: 100-130 lbs.
These dogs can stand over 7 feet on their hind legs!
Health Problems The most common health concerns in Great Danes are hip dysplasia, cardiomyopathy, hypothyroidism, cataracts, bloat, cancer and Cervical Vertebral Instability also known as CVI or Wobblers. Make sure that you purchase from a reputable breeder and from OFA certified stock. Do not allow your Dane to jog until after the age of one.
Living Conditions Danes will do fine with apartment living if given regular exercise. They will do best with a large yard.
Exercise This breed needs plenty of exercise and would be happy with a long daily walk.
Life Expectancy Usually under 10 years
Grooming Danes are easy to groom. Brush with a firm bristle brush and dry shampoo when needed. Bathing this giant dog is a huge chore. Keep nails trimmed. This breed is an average shedder.
Origin Dogs of Dane or Alaunt type are depicted in drawings in the tombs of Beni-Hassan, dating about 2200 BC. Some of these dogs are shown as harlequins. Other pre-Christian replicas appear on coins and in paintings. His name is the only thing about him that is Danish. He is all German, used long ago by Germanic and Celtic tribes as a war dog, and is called Deutsche Dogge by the FCI. Only in English-speaking countries is he still a "Dane". The breed was declared the national dog of Germany in 1876. They are recognized by the AKC and the UKC.
Group AKC Working, UKC Guardian Dog