Origin and characteristics

Drawings of dogs who look like Great Danes have been found on Egyptian artefacts dating back to 3000 B.C. and in Babylonian temples that were built around 2000 B.C. There’s evidence that similar dogs originated in Tibet, with written reports of such dogs appearing in Chinese literature in 1121 B.C.

The Great Dane, also known as the Apollo of dogs, is a giant breed. The Dane is German in origin, not Danish. Great Danes descend from mastiff-like dogs that were bred by German nobility to protect country estates and hunt wild boar. They were also popular with the upper class for sports.

The Great Danes we know today were developed in the 1800s.  These dogs are primarily family pets and, despite their size, have become popular among city dwellers who keep them to help guard against robbers. Great Danes are huge, powerful and elegant dogs.  They have an athletic, muscular body. In spite of the size, Great Danes are considered gentle giants, are moderately playful and good with children.

A Great Dane is sleek and elegant. Their size can present problems though – heir tail can knock over a lot of things, particularly in a small space. Luckily, they aren’t highly energetic. Despite their giant size, a Great Dane is mellow enough to be a good house dog, though they’re not well suited to a tiny apartment because they’ll knock into everything. Anyone who wants a Great Dane must be willing to accommodate this dog’s great size. A Great Dane will eat far larger quantities of food, so feeding it costs a lot more than a smaller dog. A Great Dane must have room to move around. They require 30 to 60 minutes daily exercise, best is to take them for long, daily walks.

Even though they are one of the best-natured dogs with inherent gentleness, it’s advisable that they receive obedience when they’re young, so they can be controlled when they grow up. They’re gentle, sweet, affectionate pets who love to play. Great Danes are considered easy to train.

They will guard their home and wouldn’t hesitate to defend family. Great Danes generally get along with other animals, given that they are well socialised.

They can get cold in the winter, so they shouldn’t be left outside in colder climates. It might be a good idea to dress them into a sweater or fleece coat to keep them warm.

  • Lifespan: 6-8 Years

  • Size:71-86 cm

  • Weight: 45-90 kg

  • Breed group: Working Dogs

  • Coat: short flat

Coat, Shedding, Grooming

The Great Dane has a short, thick, smooth coat. It sheds moderately but requires little grooming.

Brush the Dane weekly with a rubber hound mitt or soft bristle brush to keep the hair and skin healthy.

They shed quite a bit, but their coat is easy to keep in top condition with regular brushing.

Use a firm bristle brush and shampoo as needed. Regular brushing keeps your Great Dane’s coat healthy and clean, and it cuts down on the number of baths they need.

How to manage shedding?

Bathing a Great Dane might be challenging; however they do require regular bathing. It’s recommended to give them a bath every 6-8 weeks, but more frequently, if possible. Bathing is essential to minimize shedding and to maintain healthy skin and coat.

Weekly brushing is recommended to remove loose hairs from their coat, and keeps it clean.

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