AKC PuppyFinder: Great Dane Puppies
- Breed Traits
- Personality: Friendly, patient, dependable
- Energy Level: Somewhat Active; Sedate, easygoing dogs, Danes enjoy a good walk two or three times daily
- Good with Children: Better with Supervision
- Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
- Shedding: Seasonal
- Grooming: Occasional
- Trainability: Responds Well
- Height: 30-32 inches (male), 28-30 inches (female)
- Weight: 140-175 pounds (male), 110-140 pounds (female)
- Life Expectancy: 7-10 years
- Barking Level: Barks When Necessary
- Breed Description
Your Great Dane puppy will grow into a majestic fellow, standing 30" tall or more at the shoulder. Should he stand up on his hind legs for a hug, he may well tower over some adults. This gentle giant is a loving family dog, friendly and energetic. He's patient with kids and eager to please his people, while also being a protective guardian of home and family. The Great Dane is an ideal pet for owners who appreciate the size, strength and energy of this 'king of dogs.'
- History & Job
Year Recognized: 1887
Breed History & Job Description: No one is quite sure how or why Great Danes, a German breed, came to be associated with Denmark. (In Germany they’re known as the Deutsche Dog, or “German dog.”) We do know that once upon a time, German nobles used Danes to hunt ferocious wild boars. Later, Danes became famous as protectors of their home and loved ones, a job they are still happy to perform.
Great Danes are generally a healthy breed. Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like hip dysplasia, eye disease, autoimmune thyroiditis and cardiac disease. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Great Danes are healthy dogs. Great Danes are fast growing and can have a lot of growing pains. Good nutrition, proper exercise is essential. A mild bone disorder called panosteitis is caused by inflammation of the growing long bone. It is usually self limiting, the pup will limp and the limp may go from leg to leg. A vet will prescribe an anti-inflammatory drug and the pup will grow out of it. Other more serious bone disease are usually nutritional in nature and can be dangerous to the Danes well being. Great Danes, as well as other deep-chested breeds, suffer from bloat and gastric torsion. Feeding two meals a day and limiting exercise after eating will help prevent this problem. Do not let your Dane get fat. The weight may go on easily, but it is hard getting it off. A heavy Dane will have a shorter life span. Excess weight will cause them to have mobility problems as seniors.
Read the Official Breed Club Health Statement.
Recommended Health Tests from the National Breed Club:
- Hip Evaluation
- Ophthalmologist Evaluation
- Thyroid Evaluation
- Cardiac Exam
- Breed Club