Great Dane

Description

The Great Dane is one of the most recognizable dog breeds. Its most notable characteristic is its size. It is considered an oversized dog with a weight that rivals that of man. Despite its massive size, the breed maintains an air of elegance. Its frame is slender yet will muscled. Its appearance shows great power. The elongated neck extends to a back that is mostly level, but slighly sloping at the hocks. The head and muzzle are both long. The eyes, nose, and mouth are dark and medium size. The ears stand erect at the top of the head and are slightly pointed. Its front legs are straight while the back legs are angled forward and very strong. The coat is short and smooth.

Temperament

The Great Dane is a pleasant breed. The size of the breed will typically keep prowlers away from its family’s property. The breed will also bark to notify its family of visitors. On rare occasions it may become aggressive if this is necessary to protect its family’s home. A side from this, the breed is gentle and tame. it is friendly and should be suitable for interaction with children, but it has a tendency to jump, which could inadvertently cause harm to very young or small children. Close supervision is always recommended. Training is essential to track the breed to teach it how to behave around people. Favorable results are usually seen while training, as long as training takes place at an early age.

Height and Weight

The Great Dane is massive. Male tend to stand high as 34 inches and weigh anywhere from 120-200 pounds. Females are significantly smaller in size. Females are an average height of 28-32 inches and an average weight of 101-130 pounds.

Health Problems

The Great Dane is predisposed to some serious health conditions, including heart disease and cancer. The head is also susceptible to developing hip dysplasia because of its size. Since the breed is prone to serious health problems, it is a good idea to have it checked out before purchasing the breed.

Ideal Living Conditions

Large dogs are not usually suitable for indoor living. The Great Dane is an exception. As long as it receives regular exercise it should have no problem living indoors. A tall fence is is a must have if the breed lives outdoors. The larger the yard, the more space it has for exercise.

Exercise

Large breeds need more exercise than small breeds and the Great Dane is not exception. Indoor types require more exercise than outdoor types. The breed has the stamina for long runs, but it is prone to hip joint problems so running is not recommended.

Life Expectancy

The life expectancy of the Great Dane is 12-13 years.

Litter Size

The Great Dane usually has 8 puppies.

Grooming

Brushing the coat of the Great Dane is easy and only necessary on occasion since it doesn’t shed very heavily. Depending on the dog’s personality, bathing the coat may be best relegated to a professional groomer.

Origin

The most interesting fact about the Great Dane is how it was developed.

Group

Mastiff

Color

The Great Dane can be a variety of colors, including black, brown, or blue. The coat may also be a combination of colors.