Weight: 100 - 120 lbs.
Height: 28" - 32"
Life Span: 9 - 10 years
Health Problems: Arthritis of the hip and elbow; hip dysplasia; bone tumors; bloat; dilated cardiomyopathy; congenital heart disease; yeast infection; staph infection; prone to tail injuries
Origin: Germany (Middle Ages)
Also Known As: German Mastiff, Deutche Dogge
Group: Guardian / Herding
Category: Companion Dog, Guard Dog
Great Danes will need walked each day. Due to its giant size, do not over-exercise puppies and young dogs, as it may cause damage to growing joints and bones.
No special grooming requirements.
More gentle in nature than in appearance, the Great Dane has a noble demeanor and is friendly to children and other animals. With proper training, the breed makes an excellent guard dog, as well as a good family companion.
Compatibility with Kids
Good with children.
The Great Dane borrows its name from the French words meaning "Big Danish." However, the breed has nothing to do with Denmark. Great Danes originated in Germany as a mix of the Irish Wolfhound and the English Mastiff. The breed was first used in large animal hunting and as a war dog. "
Breed has slow metabolism due to its giant size, which results in less energy and food consumption.