Great Dane

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The great dane has a prestigious spot in the large dog breeds. This breed was originally for hunting the wild boar however today it is well known for being great companions. The large size of the great dane can be very intimidating but they are little softies with a lot of love to give.

The great dane is well known for its height. This breed can get as short as 30 inches tall or as large as 42 inches tall. The weight is different from a male and female. The male can weigh anywhere between 140 and 175 pounds while the female weighs between 110 and 140.

The coat of a great dane is short but it is thick. When healthy, it is shiny and smooth feeling. The great dane can be of different colors. The most popular color is white, brindle, fawn, and black. Their eyes are dark and sit high on the head and the ears are almost oval in shape.  The tail is thick but tapers off. Since the coat is short, they require a bath and brushing one time a week.

Training a great dane is not an easy task but it can be done. It’s important that you establish the position of master from the beginning. A great dane, like any other dog, needs to have a leader, whether it is in the house or in the pack.

The great dane is used to mild climates. They are unable to handle extreme temperatures, hot or cold.

The great dane is energetic so you will need to make sure they have enough exercise. If you keep your great dane indoors, you will need to take them for a walk at least one time a day, preferably two. Remember, if they do not get their energy out, they may develop behavioral issues that you will need to deal with later on.

There are a few health complications that may develop over time with the great dane. They are susceptible to heart disease, gastric diseases and conditions, and canine cancer, hip dysplasia, and hypothyroidism. These conditions tend to set in older dogs but it can happen to the younger dogs as well.

Although they are quite tall, they love children (Fun fact: Scooby Doo is based on a great dane). It’s important that you raise them up around children as soon as possible in order to ensure a safe environment for all.

A great dane has a life expectancy of 8-10 years.

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