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Great Dane Dog Facts and Information

Updated on May 2, 2011

The Great Danes Appearance

Great Danes are a dog breed that many refer to as the Apollo of All Dogs. This is due to the fact that the Great Dane is actually the tallest breed of dog, with the current record of a great dane holding is the outstanding height of 7 feet 2 inches tall. Male Great Danes are to be no shorter than 30 inches at their shoulders and for the female Great Danes, they should not be below 28 inches at shoulder height. Although the Great Danes massive height automatically sets them apart from the rest of the other dog breeds, there are still plenty of other amazing attributes that the Great Dane exhibits.

Great Dane Coat

One of the greatest features of the Great Dane dog breed is just being the sheer volume of styles in which they come in. Great Danes range in six main coat varieties of fawn, brindle, harlequin, black, blue, and mantle, even though there are some great danes who do not fall under any of these coat categories and are referred to as having a merle coat. Another specific distinction that applies to any Great Dane and is that their coats solely come in sleek short hair styles.

Here we have some brief descriptions of each of the coat types and how they vary.

Fawn Great Danes - Fawn Great Danes consist of usually tannish to golden coats and have what is called a black 'mask' on and around their facial features.

Brindle Great Danes - Brindle Great Danes are a brownish and black color that forms stripes all over the dogs body, and may often appear as though they have a different a tiger or zebra like coat.

Harlequin Great Danes - The Harlequin Great Danes display blackish like markings over a white body and the black spot-like patches appear on the Harlequin Great Dane in random placement.

Blue Great Danes - Blue Great Danes are the rarest coats within this dog breed. Blue types of Great Danes are usually completely a grayish color with a hint of a bluish tint in their fur as well, although some blue Great Danes may have white marks on their chest and paws.

Black Great Danes - Black Great Danes consist of having either a complete coat of sleek mono black or a black blanket of fur with some white markings on the chest and toes.

Mantle Great Danes - Mantle Great Danes are predominantly black with white patches that often carry a very similar appearance to the coat of a boston terrier.

Merle Great Danes - A merle Great Dane would be a dog in which does not fall under any of the show accepted styles of the great dane. Merle great danes tend to have color and patterns that are completely placed at random for each individual dog.

Other attributes of Great Danes that set them apart from the crowd are their square proportioned heads, their broad chests, their thin waists, and of course their long legs. Full grown female Great Danes at the minimum weight should not be anywhere below 100 pounds, and male Great Danes should not weigh any less than below 120 pounds after 18 months of age. The weight of Great Danes usually though come in fairly wide ranges on average where they range roughly anywhere between 110 to 185 pounds.

Life Expectancy and Illness

Large dog breeds are notoriously prone to short life expectancies, and for Great Danes in particular being a giant comes at a big price. The average life expectancy of the Great Dane dog breed is but a mere 7 to 9 years of age. This can take such a hard toll on the owners of great danes because have to live with the fact that their dogs will have to live such short lives, but as they say,"It's better to have loved and to lost, then to have never loved at all."

Another one of the few faults of this breed of dog includes the fact that they are highly prone to illnesses such as canine hip dysplasia, GDV, death from bloating, heart diseases, and other health problems, so it's important for any Great Dane or large dog owner to be aware of the potential problems that may occur with their canine companion and how to handle these potential issues. Another basic bit of knowledge all Great Dane dog owners should especially should know and pay close attention to is the rate at which their dog is eating and drinking. If a Great Dane ends up eating or drinking too quickly, this can easily lead to death for the dog.


The Wonderful Personality of These Gentle Giants

Great danes are known primarily as being Gentle Giants. At first those who are uninformed about the Great Dane breed may take be fearful of how massive these dogs obviously are, but anyone should quickly come to realize that Great Danes are actually some of the nicest, sweetest, and some of the most well tempered within all dog breeds. Great danes tend to also live there lives and have personalities and temperaments that are simply laid back and chill, which is why so many dog owners of Great Danes consider their canines just to be sweet big 'ole couch potatoes.

It's true that Great Danes really can be a quite pricey canine companion compared to most other dog breeds, but for those who can care for these dogs properly, the reward of having the pleasure of owning a Great Dane by far out weighs the expenses. In my opinion, Great Danes have to be one of the most unique and elegant dog breeds. Great Danes are not only beautiful dogs on the outside, but they have a beauty on the inside from the love and care they share for the people and loved ones in their lives.


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      7 years ago

      bob is not my name, jim is. DUH!!!

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      8 years ago

      Thanks for the info!!! I have been begging my parents to get a dog and I really want a great dane. I was thinking about doing a huge report on the great dane and why we should get one. Thanks for the information maybe i will get that dog soon!!!! (:

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      9 years ago

      thanks for the great dane facts im making a book and i needed to know the size and where breed so fare i have a page on border collies and basset hounds i hope to make more and ill be using this website a lot

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      9 years ago

      hi :) i loved ur facts they were pretty cool thanks for putting them up there :)

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      9 years ago

      I have been researching this breed for some time now. I now have two Danes. I just love them. They are so awesome. I raised Boxers for the last ten years and loved all that they were about. I decided to go with the Dane for several reasons. I love the fact that they don't bark much but will still protect. I also love the love they give back to us. They will play, and yet go settle down much faster than the Boxer. Big dogs are awesome. I just wish people would do the research needed before getting any animal. I have had dogs for many many years and still did the research. They all have special needs and problems that need to be looked at and considered before acquiring any new member of your family. Enjoy and love your pets. :)

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      One Nice Summer Day 

      10 years ago

      Growing up I owned two great danes named Scooby and Shaggy. They were the best dogs i ever owned. Awesome, aswesome article. You were right on the point about great danes. I like how you went into detail about the types of great dan coat colors.

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      10 years ago from Wales

      Wow a great hub on these majestic dogs.

      Thank you so much for sharing these hubs that I am bookmarking as well as rating up.

      Take care



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