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Great Dane

Great Dane

28-34inches tall

Colors: Brindle, fawn, black, blue, mantle harlequin and sometimes merle

Life Expectancy: Usually under 10 years, but sometimes up to 12 years

Physical Characteristics

Great Danes have long, narrow heads with large nostrils and erect ears. They have tall powerful frames with thick glossy coats that are close fitting.

Health Concerns and Other Considerations

Prone to hip dysplasia, bloat, heart disease, tumors and tail injuries. Jogging is not recommended until they are at least one year old, but walking is necessary. Great Danes need regular brushing and grooming. Since their size can make for some cumbersome moments, Great Danes need to be trained at an early age.

Personality Traits

Great Danes are gentle giants who are not only loving, but crave continual companionship from their family. While they are not barkers, they still make good watchdogs, as they will bark if they feel their territory is being threatened. They are great with kids, but may need some firm training, since their sheer size may be a little overwhelming for the little ones.

Great Dane History

The Great Dane was originally called the Deutsche Dogge, when they evolved from being bred with other breeds like Irish Greyhounds. Dogs that resemble the Great Dane appeared on Greek money as early as 36 B.C. There are even earlier hints of the breed, such as Chinese literature dating back to 1121 B.C. In 400 A.D., Asiatic tribes invaded Germany with enormous, mastiff-like dogs. Over the centuries, Great Danes proved their toughness by fighting wild boars, bears, among other large animals.

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