Why Great Danes Are the Comedians of the Canine World
dog breeds: Great Dane
I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Great Danes have the best sense of humor of all dog breeds! Sure, they look imposing and noble and regal, but deep down inside, they're really just clowns in fur suits! Okay, so they don't have the round red noses, but they do have really big feet...err...paws. Our two Dane boys keep us laughing all the time. I honestly believe that Great Danes love the sound of human laughter, or maybe they can sense when their human pack enjoys something. Either way, the gentle giants have an amazing sense of humor.
We have two male Great Danes - Hamlet and Grendel. Grendel is our resident clown. He's so goofy that he often reminds me of Marmaduke, Scooby Doo, and Astro Jetson. It's like he goes out of his way to be funny. Sometimes when he goes outside, he'll find a low hanging limb and use it as a scratching post. Sometimes he just stands in front of us with his head cocked to one side and then suddenly runs in circles. Oftentimes, he'll start to jump up on the bed but stop when he gets halfway. His front half will be on the bed, while his hind legs and feet are still on the floor. Then he'll look at us pitifully, reminding us of poor Tiny Tim. He gets into the strangest positions while sleeping and napping that he's even funny when he's asleep. Observe the photos below.
Grendel gave us a big surprise a couple of weeks ago. My daughter brought her female Dane over for a doggie play day, and Kayla was in heat. Both my boys were neutered years ago, but Grendel didn't quite understand that. The dogs were quiet, so I went into the office to check on them, and there were Grendel and Kayla, ummm, "conjoined." The look on Grendel's face was priceless.
Hamlet is much more dignified than Grendel. The adult kids say Hammie is "snooty." He's not snooty - he just prefers the company of the grandkids over the company of their parents. He's absolutely fascinated with little kids. He'll actually encourage them to ride him and to use him as a warm chair. Hamlet is also very gentle. He often "adopts" stuffed animals and carries them around in his cavernous jaws. He never shakes them or tears them up. Instead, he regularly "grooms" them by trying to bite the (imagined) fleas from their fake fur. I'll admit, he's much more reserved and not as silly as Grendel, but even he has his funny moments. One of the most hilarious is when he chases the red laser light from the laser pen. You should see him try to find the little red dot when it goes under the TV hutch! He also likes to pounce on the dot. As soon as Randy Godwin shows me how to download our videos to Youtube (I'm a tech dummie), I'll share it with you. In the meantime, enjoy these funny dog videos starring Great Danes!
The scary banana
Hamlet and Grendel act this way when confronted with scary items like "Men Working" signs, green plants, and spray cans containing any substance. They also hate the vacuum cleaner, so I've given up vacuuming. It was a real sacrifice, but I had to do it for the dogs!
Hamlet and Grendel love ice, and they also love drinking from the bathroom sink whenever I run the water for them. There's just something about that water that's SO much better than the water in their dish!
The towel monster and the Great Dane
Our Danes love this game! They also enjoy a good game of hide and seek.
Dane on a trampoline
My grandkids have a trampoline, but we haven't let the dogs try it out yet. I was kind of afraid they might eat it!
Talking Great Dane
I forgot to mention that all the Great Danes I've owned have tried their darnedest to talk. A black female I had years ago, named Ebony, could voice something that sounded just like "I love you." Hamlet and Grendel often talk to us when we speak directly to them.
Great Dane and the balloon
Hamlet and Grendel act just like this when we let them out to run. they'll run around the front yard several times, then they're ready to come back in to their sofa. They're generally a lazy dog breed!
Great Dane vs. Vacuum cleaner
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