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What Type of Owner is Best for a Great Dane!?

Updated on February 24, 2013
Giant and Beautiful!
Giant and Beautiful!

As you probably know, Great Danes are HUGE dogs! Great Danes originated in Germany in the mid-nineteenth century. They were involved in activities such as big-game hunting and guard work. The Great Dane was chosen as Germany's national dog in 1876 and the Chancellor himself (Otto won Bismarck) kept several as his pets.

If you are interested in adding a Great Dane to your family, get the dog training collar out of the closet as you will need to begin the training process as soon as possible! The Great Dane must have an owner who is experienced when it comes to handling large dogs, has no small children, and can provide ample living space (as well as, outdoor running room!).

General Information

Great Danes are 28 to 32 inches in height, weigh 100 to 180 pounds and live approximately 7 to 10 years. They come in several colors including fawn, brindle, black, blue or harlequin (which is white with irregularly patched black or blue markings). They have easy care coats that need only the occasional brushing in order to remove dead hair.

As you may have guessed, Great Danes are powerful dogs! Therefore, they need an owner that is physically strong enough to control and care for this large canine! Surprisingly sensitive, Great Danes must be trained; however, it is very important that POSITIVE TRAINING TECHNIQUES are used! They need kind, consistent, and confident handling. It is VERY important that you socialize your Dane early. If you don't, you could have a shy and or aggressive dog on your paws, oops, I mean hands.


Use caution when small dogs are around!
Use caution when small dogs are around!

As previously mentioned, Great Danes need plenty of space! This breed is not for people who are "house obsessed" as they are known to shed and drool (a lot!). They also, by no fault of their own, tend to cause accidents. If you have a home filled with valuable breakables, you should think twice before bringing home this lovable but GIANT dog.

If socialized early, Great Danes do well with other animals. However, because of their size, caution should be taken with smaller pets (such as a Chihuahua!). Great Danes LOVE to play and through no fault of their own, can accidently hurt smaller dogs by stepping on them and or rough housing. Adult Great Danes are usually quite gentle; however Great Dane puppies can be quite rambunctious so use caution!

Possible Health Issues

The Great Dane does come with its share of "large dog" health issues. They are prone to health problems such as joint disorders, hip and elbow dysplasia, heart defects, bloat, various types of tumors, eye problems, and tail issues. Veterinary pet health insurance is always a good idea (it can save you money in the long run!), however, many health insurance companies will not grant policies for large breeds. If you are interested in veterinary health insurance you should inquire about the different plans that are available when your Dane is a puppy!

If you decide to buy a Great Dane from a breeder, it is VERY IMPORTANT that you do your homework and buy only from a RESPONSIBLE breeder! Responsible breeders care about their dogs, as well as their health! If you are interested in saving a life, why not rescue a Great Dane!? There are many dog rescue groups, shelters and city run animal rescue organizations!

Overall, the Great Dane is a gentle, large soul who loves to be part of a family. Due to their size, it is very important that this breed receives proper training and early socialization. Dane's are friendly, intelligent and affectionate but can be dangerous around smaller pets. This large breed will thrive with an owner who has PLENTY OF TIME to spend with their large friend and is willing to commit to them 100%. If you wish to add a large breed dog to your household, consider the Great Dane, however, it is important that you do your homework before bringing ANY DOG home! Good Luck. Woof!


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      6 years ago

      I owned a Great Dane (we moved to an apartment, she lives with my mother in law now). She is one of the sweetest dogs I have ever had. When she was a little over 1 year old, we got a teacup Pomeranian, she raised him like a mama. She was so careful not to step on him, but it did happen a couple of times. He was ok and soon learned to move fast to get out of her way. She is an incredible watch dog, no one in their right mind would break in with her there. When she was young, she was very hard on the couch, we ended up throwing it away. And if you have a "be nice collar", you will love walking them, without it, you might get drug down the street. I miss her to this day. They are truly gentle giants.

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      Taylor Finch 

      9 years ago from United Kingdom

      They are beautiful dogs.


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