Female height range: 28 to 30+ inches.
Male height range: minimum of 30 inches and on up.
Weight: 100-120 lb female average
150 lb. male average
Temperament: lively, gentle, strong, quite affectionate,
good manners, noble, calm.
Origin: Germany around 2000 BC This giant Mastiff breed of
dog was utilized to hunt large game. They used to be
called the Boar Hound because they were hunters of wild
boar and bear. The Great Dane showed up in America late in
the last century and were used mainly as companion
animals. The Great Dane’s coat is short and smooth and
only requires minimal grooming care. The use of a bristle
brush followed by a soft cloth will keep the coat glossy
and healthy in appearance. The coat does shed. Colors:
black, blue, fawn, brindle, harlequin (black and white).
They are excellent with children and make a wonderful
family pet, provided you have plenty of space within your
home and an enclosed yard for them to stretch out and run!
These dogs are quite large! Their long, slender tail can
easily clear the contents off of an end table with one
The Great Dane needs
daily exercise, along with a sizeable yard to roam and run
about. The fencing around the yard should be 6' in height.
The Great Dane also needs something to keep him/her busy,
or else they can become destructive. Training: early
socialization, consistent obedience. Makes a good watch
dog, sounding a warning bark. The Great Dane is not long
lived, average life span is 7-9 years. Ears may be
cropped; if left natural, the ears fold forward toward the
face. The Great Dane is good with other animals if raised
with them from puppyhood, can be a bit aggressive toward
Possible health concerns: bloat, OCD, wobblers syndrome,
panosteitis (minor to severe lameness with bone pain).
Protect puppies from over-exercise in order to prevent
damage to growing tissues.