At A Glance

Size: Giant

Weight: 100 - 120 lbs.

Height: 28" - 32"

Life Span: 9 - 10 years

Great Dane

Also know as: German Mastiff, Deutche Dogge

Group: Working

Origin: Germany (Middle Ages)

Today's Role: Companion Dog, Guard Dog

History and Facts: 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.

Temperament / Behavior
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.

Breed-Related Health Concerns
Arthritis of the hip and elbow; hip dysplasia; bone tumors; bloat; dilated cardiomyopathy; congenital heart disease; yeast infection; staph infection; prone to tail injuries

Special Needs
Exercise: 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: No special grooming requirements.


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