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The Great Dane training information you will read here was developed by a panel of renowned dog training experts whose combined wisdom represents nearly 100 years of specialist experience training dogs.

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Ty Brown

Ty has been featured in National TV and Radio shows like Voice of America and has been

training dogs ever since he was 14 years old.

NBA players, NFL players, professional golfers, singers, wrestlers, governors, CEOs, billionaire entrepreneurs, and many other celebrities trust Ty because of his unique approach to training their pets.

He has trained dogs in 18 states in the U.S.A and four other countries worldwide and has spent several years working with high level executive protection dogs who make wonderful family pets, but potent guardians if called upon.

Val Heart

Val is an internationally recognized Expert Animal Communicator and Master

Healer who has authored 6 books on Animal Communication and has been featured in several TV and Radio shows such as the Wayne & Jayne Radio Show and Whole Life Radio with Carmen & John LaMarca.

Her uncanny insight into 'animal thought' comes from having intimately worked with over 6,200 animals during the past 30 years, which is why we trust her profound experience when she speaks.

Dr. Susan Lauten

Dr. Lauten has a Masters in Animal Nutrition and a Ph.D in Biomedical Sciences.

Recently a guest of

Dr. Marty Becker on "Top Vets Talk Pets" and interviewed by The Oregon Live, she has authored several peer-reviewed articles and veterinary nutrition reference book chapters.

With 5 years of experience teaching Veterinary Nutrition at a Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Dr. Lauten brings unequalled veterinary perspective into how your dog should be cared for both medically and nutritionally.

Sally Rushmore

Sally has a current practice which teaches nearly 200 young dog owners to train their dogs in obedience and

agility each year.

Having spent over 40 years training dogs, Sally has proven experience in helping dogs to love and obey their owners and bond deeply with them - while guiding owners to truly appreciate the wonderful gift of friendship this inevitably brings.

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Great Dane: Characteristics, Grooming, Health, Training (German Mastiff)


Group: Mastiff, AKC Working Group, KCGB Working Group

AKC Ranking: 24

Also known as: German Mastiff, Deutsche Dogge

Nicknames: Gentle Giant, Dane


About Great Dane

Country of Origin, History of the breed

Great Danes have a long history. Greek coins from 36 BC carry the image of a dog similar to the Great Dane. It has been called the “Apollo of all dogs.” Similar dogs were used by the Asiatic people called the Alans who invaded Germany, Italy, and Spain in 407 AD.

In Germany these magnificent animals were selectively bred to overcome bears and wild boars. Eventually they were crossed with Irish Greyhounds and the result was a thin, tall, agile dog known today as the Great Dane.

This dog does not come from Denmark.

This breeds are used for tracking, watchdog duties, and carting.

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A General Appearance of the Dog

Elegant and noble, the dog is one of the tallest breeds. A powerfully muscular body, long neck, rectangular head with a long face and a large nasal canal, and tall pointed ears give the dog an unforgettable silhouette. His expression is intelligent and lively. His ears can be cropped long or left natural. He has a medium length tail.

Coat Color

The dog’s coat can be fawn, brindle, black, blue, mantle harlequin and even merle. Dark coated Danes have dark eyes while light coated Danes have lighter eyes. Brindle is yellow gold brindled with strong black cross stripes in a chevron pattern with a black mask and black eye rims and eyebrows. Black may appear on the tail and ear tips. Fawn is a yellow gold with a black mask, black eye rims and eyebrows. Blue is a pure steel blue all over. Black should be glossy black all over. Harlequin is a base color of pure white with black torn patches distributed over the body. Mantle is black and white with a solid black blanket extending over the body, a black skull with white muzzle, and often a white blaze, white color, white chest, white on the legs and/or tail.

Coat Type

This dog coat is short, thick, shiny, and close-fitting. His coat is smooth and glossy. His skin is tight with no wrinkles.


Male: not less than 30 inches, preferably 32 inches or more as long as he is well-proportioned

Female: not less than 28 inches, preferably 30 inches or more as long as she is well-proportioned


Male: 120 to 200 lbs
Female: 100 to 130 lbs

Larger dogs are more valued.

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Temperament of the Dog

This breed is a true gentle giant. The Dane loves people and attention, is sweet and affectionate and loves to play. It is a great family dog as it adopts all members of the family and is very patient and gentle with children and smaller dogs it is raised with from puppyhood.

The dog is steady and dependable.

Because of his great size as an adult, obedience training needs to be started before he is six months old and continue through the first two years of his life. He also needs to be taught not to lean on people, especially children as he tends to lean and can easily knock someone over. A few are difficult to train, but most simply want to please their owners.

Some breeds are dog aggressive with same sex dogs.

They only bark as the occasion warrants. They are great watchdogs as they are alert and loyal as well as large and brave.

Because of their power, stamina and long legs, they can be completely out of sight almost instantly if allowed to run free.

Better suited to an indoor or outdoor lifestyle?

The real question is: do you have enough room in your house for this dog? They are not suited to be outdoors all the time. They need to be with people.

Are they suited to homes with kids?

The breeds are great family dogs who love children of all ages. They are patient and gentle with children. They need to be taught not to lean on people. They love the attention of all family members and love to play with everyone.

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Activity Level

How Active is the Breed?

This dogs like to run. However, they are not suited to being a jogging partner until their bones and muscles are fully developed some time after their first year. They should always be kept on a lead if they are outside of a fence.

How Much Exercise Does the Dog Need at every stage of its Life?

A long daily walk or plenty of running and fetching inside a fence will suit them. As a youngster he has lots of energy. As he ages, he becomes quiet indoors and can even live in an apartment. However, he loves his outdoor times – just keep him within a tall, secure fence or on a lead.

Note: Even highly obedience-trained Danes run without listening to commands and often end up hit by a car. An injured Dane is like an injured horse and usually will have to be put down (euthanized).



Grooming is easy with this breed. Use a firm-bristled brush every couple of weeks. Trim nails at least monthly. Bathing is quite a chore, so use of a professional groomer if that is needed will help. This breed is an average shedder.


Health and Care

Genetic Problems

Being such a large breed, hip and elbow dysplasia are huge concerns. Make sure the parents are OFA certified. They are also prone to bloat and torsion so feed 2-3 small meals and do not allow exercise immediately after the meals. Tumors, cancers, heart disease and tail injuries are also common.

This breed has a short life span so take him to the vet for check-ups every six months instead of the normal one year.

Breeding the Dog and any Cautions

Be very aware of problems in breeding and whelping. Talk with several breeders before deciding to breed your dog.

Life Span

The larger the dog, the shorter the life span. this breeds live less than 10 years. Some have been known to make it 12-14 years.

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National Breed Clubs

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