Great Dane

Overview

This regal breed unites amazing size and strength with elegance. It’s square-proportioned and well-balanced. Its gait is strong and strong with long, easy strides. These characteristics are essential in a dog necessary to overtake and then over-power comparatively rapid but powerful quarry. Its coat is short, thick and glistening. The excellent Dane is the most notable because of its own royal carriage and look — even the “Apollo of Dogs.”

The excellent Dane is tender, loving, easygoing and sensitive. It’s usually good with kids (even though its friendly overtures can overwhelm a kid) and generally friendly toward other pets and dogs. It’s strong but sensitive and receptive to instruction. It makes a nice, well-mannered family companion.

AKC RANKING 27
FAMILY livestock dog, mastiff
AREA OF ORIGIN Germany
DATE OF ORIGIN Middle Ages
ORIGINAL FUNCTION guardian, hunting large game
TODAY’S FUNCTION companion
AVERAGE SIZE OF MALE Height: 35-35 Weight: 130-180
AVERAGE SIZE OF FEMALE Height: 31-33 Weight: 100-150
OTHER NAME Deutsche dogge, German mastiff
The excellent Dane needs daily average exercise. Its demands can be fulfilled with a fantastic walk or romp. Despite its rugged look, it isn’t well-suited to living outdoors and is ideal to dividing the time between inside and outside. Inside, it requires soft bedding and adequate area to stretch out when sleeping. Some are inclined to drool. Coat care is minimal.
  • Energy levelLow energy
  • Exercise needsLow
  • PlayfullnessNot very playful
  • Affection levelVery affectionate
  • Friendliness toward other dogsShy
  • Friendliness toward other petsShy
  • Friendliness toward strangersVery friendly
  • Ease of trainingModerately easy to train
  • Watchdog abilityHigh
  • Protection abilityModerately protective
  • Grooming needsLow maintenance
  • Cold toleranceLow tolerance
  • Heat toleranceLow tolerance
• Major concerns: gastric torsion, CHD, cardiomyopathy
• Minor concerns: CVI (wobbler’s syndrome), cataract, elbow dysplasia, osteosarcoma, OCD, HOD
• Occasionally seen: glaucoma, vWD
• Suggested tests: cardiac, elbow, hip, eye, blood
• Life span: 6 – 8 years
Dubbed the “Apollo of Dogs,” that the wonderful Dane is most likely the product of another glorious breeds, the old English mastiff and the Irish wolfhound. Its ancestors were used as war dogs and hunting dogs; consequently, its capability as a daring big-game hunter seemed just natural. From the 14th century, these puppies were demonstrating themselves as able predators in Germany, mixing speed, stamina, courage and strength so as to bring down the challenging wild boar. The royal dogs became more popular with the landed gentry not just due to their searching ability but also due to their imposing yet stylish look. They left gracious developments to virtually any estate. British folks knowledgeable about the strain first known to Great Danes as German boarhounds. Just when and why the strain was afterwards dubbed the wonderful Dane is a puzzle since, though undeniably good, it isn’t Danish. It’s a German strain, and in 1880 German authorities announced that the puppy should just be known as the Deutsche dogge, the title by which it still goes in Germany. The English paid no more heed, and also the older name stuck to the English-speaking world. From the late 1800s, the wonderful Dane had come to America. It instantly attracted attention, as it will do to this very day. The breed has since attained great recognition regardless of a few of the problems that owning a giant puppy involves.

 

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