The Great Dane is the true definition of “gentle giant” in the dog world. They are strong, athletic, and elegant canines that look terrifyingly imposing, however they couldn’t be more sweet and peaceful. Their looks in addition to their size and powerful bark will scare intruders and while they are not particularly vocal or violent dogs, they will look after their family. Great Danes love to play and are gentle with children. For those that don’t spend much time around these large dogs, it may take some time to get used to their size. Give them all of the love and attention that they deserve – they’ll remind you with a nudge when they want to be petted. Don’t be surprised if your Great Dane has lap dog tendencies, they just want to cuddle with you!
Lifestyle and Living Environment
The sheer size of the Great Dane can present a few problems around the house. Their tail may accidentally knock things over in a small space and they have been known to counter surf in the kitchen. An apartment may be too small for these dogs. We advise that you teach them good manners and obedience while young simply because their size can make them impossible to train as an adult. While dogs of this breed still need daily exercise, it's not as much as their body size indicates. Spend 30 to 60 minutes a day walking or playing outside. We warn potential Great Dane owners that this breed has a short lifespan, filling your heart with joy for around 7 to 10 years.
Common Health Issues
Great Danes are prone to: Development Issues, Hip Dysplasia, Gastric Torsion, Bone Cancer, and Heart Disease. Surgical issues may also be a problem with Great Danes.