- Personality: Friendly, patient, dependable
- Energy Level: Somewhat Active; Sedate, easygoing dogs, Danes enjoy a good walk two or three times daily
- Good with Children: Better with Supervision
- Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
- Shedding: Seasonal
- Grooming: Occasional
- Trainability: Responds Well
- Height: 30-32 inches (male), 28-30 inches (female)
- Weight: 140-175 pounds (male), 110-140 pounds (female)
- Life Expectancy: 7-10 years
- Barking Level: Barks When Necessary
About the Breed
The laidback Great Dane, the mighty “Apollo of dogs,” is a joy to be around. However, having a dog of this massive size, weight, and force is not to be taken without a lot of caution. The Great Dane is definitely a great breed however, it is not an ordinary Dane.
At 32 inches tall from the chest, Danes tower over most other breeds. When they are on their hind limbs, they’re taller than the majority of people. These massive beasts represent elegance and balance with their effortless and smooth stride of noblemen who were born. The coat is available in a variety of styles and colors, most well-known is the black and white patchwork pattern, also known as “harlequin.’ Despite their sweetness, Danes are alert home guardians. The mere appearance of the gentle giants of Danes is often enough to make burglars take a second look. However, those who think that the breed’s friendly nature is gentleness will face a formidable adversary with a strong spirit. The kind with children, Danes are friendly with people and are easy to get along with.
Bloat, also known as gastric Dilatation-Volvulus (GDV) is the most common cause of death for Danes. The owners should be educated on how to recognize indications that bloat may be taking place and take action in the event of. Many breeders and owners think about the possibility of a procedure called prophylactic gastropexy (‘preventative Tack’) that can help in preventing some of the most dangerous issues associated with GDV. Other health issues that may impact the breed include eye and heart illnesses, hypothyroidism, autoimmune thyroiditis, and hip dysplasia. A responsible breeder should screen his breeding stock for diseases that could impact the breed.
The majority of the time the Great Dane’s short and smooth coat doesn’t shed a lot, However, considering how big the breed is it can shed some hair. A weekly brushing session with a medium-bristle or a rubber grooming mitt, tool, or a hound’s glove can help reduce shedding to an absolute minimum. In the shedding season, every once or twice However, the loss of hair will be greater and a daily cleaning optimal. Great Danes require bathing only every now and then unless they fall in a mess. Like all breeds, Great Dane’s nails need to be cut frequently, since excessively long nails could cause the dog pain and issues walking and running.
The early socialization of puppies and puppy classes are highly recommended. If you want to breed a dog as big and strong as an of Great Dane, obedience training is essential. Socialization'” gently exposing the puppy to a wide variety of people, places, and situations'”will help him develop into a well-adjusted adult. Great Danes are friendly, sociable as well as eager to please and respond well to consistent, firm techniques for training. They need close contact with humans, love and interaction with animals and other humans.
Feed your Great Dane high-quality dog food that is appropriate for their age (puppy or adult or even senior). Table scraps should be used sparingly in the event that you can, abstaining from cooked bones and food that contain a lot of fat. Know which human food items are safe for dogs and which ones aren’t. Pet owners must be aware of the fact that the leading cause of death in the breed is bloat. This is in which the stomach expands and turns. The reasons behind bloat aren’t understood fully, but experts agree that eating a few small meals each day and avoiding exercising vigorously during mealtimes can decrease the likelihood of it occurring.
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