Great Dane

History/Evolution:

The distinguished Great Dane’s origins can be traced to ancient crossings that included English Mastiff, Irish Wolfhound, and Greyhound. By the 14th century, Great Danes were prized in Germany as swift and powerful wild boar hunters. As time went on, the breed gained in popularity with wealthy landowners because of its imposing and noble appearance. Though their size can be limiting, Great Danes continue to impress show people and pet owners alike.


Size:

Giant; females 30 inches or more, 100 to 135 pounds; males 32 inches or more, 145 to 185 pounds.

Color:

Brindle, fawn, blue, black, mantle, and harlequin (white with black patches).

Temperament:

Spirited, courageous, friendly, and dependable. With proper training and supervision, makes a fine family companion.

Energy level:

Medium.

Best owner:

Confident owner in a suburban or rural home with time for training and exercise.

Needs:

Fenced yard, early socialization, companionship; soft bedding and elevated food bowls (to help prevent bloat).

Life expectancy:

7 to 10 years.