The Great Dane is a giant dog that combines nobility with robustness and power with elegance. It is regal in appearance, having dignity, strength and elegance. This breed is the tallest of dog breeds with its great size and well-formed muscled body. The Great Dane is known as the friendly giant, it should show no unprovoked aggression.
This breed is gentle, loyal, affectionate, and patient; it makes a great family dog. It makes a perfect companion to children. Adapts well to city life if given plenty of space and exercise. Despite its large size it should not be kenneled but kept indoors as a member of the family.
Brindle, fawn, blue, black or harlequin.
Short, dense, smooth, sleek. The coat is easy to groom. Comb, brush and dry shampoo when necessary. Keep nails trimmed. Comb and brush with a firm bristle brush and dry shampoo when necessary. This breed is an average shedder.
The Great Dane is not a long-lived breed. Beware of hip dysplasia; also prone to bloat, tumors, heart disease, and tail injuries. Do not jog with this dog until it is at least one year old.
The Great Dane loves everyone and needs to be around people. It is brave, loyal, responsible and dependable. The Great Dane does not bark much and only becomes aggressive when the circumstances require.
It makes a good watchdog. Because of its giant size, the Great Dane should be thoroughly obedience trained when young so it will be manageable when fully grown. It may be stubborn, but early training will help alleviate this problem.
It is important to teach this giant dog not to lean against people, especially children.It may be dog aggressive, especially with same sex dogs. It is good with other dogs if it is raised with them from puppyhood. The Great Dane truly loves the comforts of home and you may find it sleeping in your big easy chair. This breed needs plenty of exercise; minimal is a long daily walk.
Great Danes will do okay in an apartment if sufficiently exercised. They are relatively inactive indoors and do best with at least a large yard.