Great Dane playing with dog in grassGreat Dane

The Great Dane, sometimes called a gentle giant, is a large dog that was bred in Germany. They are friendly, affectionate and they love to play.

This is a dog where the size of the dog does not match the energy level of the dog. Great Danes do not have lots of energy. One long walk each day will be enough.


The Great Dane was developed in Germany, by breeding Mastiff-like dogs. The dogs were bred to protect country estates and hunt wild boar. Many people call them a gentle giant and the Apollo of dogs.


The Great Dane is a member of the American Kennel Club’s working group and was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1887.


Great Danes are 28 to 34 inches tall to the shoulders and weigh 100 to 200 pounds, a very large dog.


According to the AKC, Great Danes can have 9 colors and 3 markings. The 9 colors are black, black and white, clue, brindle, fawn, harlequin, mantle, merle, white, blue and white, blue brindle, chocolate, chocolate and white, chocolate and brindle, mantle merle, merlequin, and silver. The three markings are black markings, black mask, and white markings.


Great Danes are sweet, affectionate, dependable, friendly and patient dogs that love to play and are gentle with children.


They have a moderate energy level and a long walk daily will make them happy and satisfied.


The average lifespan of a Great Dane is 8 to 10 years of age. They are generally healthy breed but they may be prone to hip dysplasia, bloat, heart disease and mast cell tumors.


They have a short coat with minimal shedding. A brushing once or twice a week will keep the shedding under control.

Other Grooming

Great Danes will slobber and drool, especially when it is hot. The other basic grooming will be brushing their teeth, trimming their nails and cleaning their ears.

black Great Dane puppy laying in grassTraining

Due to it’s large size, Great Danes will need obedience training to keep them under control. They are very sensitive dogs and you should not yell at them, only use positive reinforcement.

Separation Anxiety

Great Danes do not do well alone as they love to be with their owner or family. They can tolerate being alone for short periods of time, but they do not tolerate long periods of time alone.


If you have an interest in the Great Dane dog breed, please consider adoption. You can search for a Great Dane available for adoption in your area by going to

To find a rescue organization, you can enter “Great Dane Rescue” into a search engine such as Google. You can also search including your zip code by entering “Great Dane Rescue + zip code”, replacing zip code with your actual zip code.

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