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Great Dane

Size: Giant

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

Exercise Needs

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.

Grooming Needs

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. "

Pet Facts

Breed has slow metabolism due to its giant size, which results in less energy and food consumption.