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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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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British – Great Dane Breeders and Owners
Association, Great Dane Club
US – Great Dane Club of America – www.gdca.org
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