Developed in Germany the great dane dogs were originally bred as a large game hunter. Danes would have been primarily hunting wild boar. The great dane would have also occasionally been used for bullbaiting, as well as a war dog. The breed was well known for its power fearlessness and athleticism, and many well to do german nobles sought the finest of specimens amongst the breed to guard their property and keep on their lands. The great dane made its way into the United States in the 1800’s.
Todays great dane dogs are far different in their temperament than they would have been in their early days. They are people dogs and though protective the great dane is a lover first always. Though the breed is often intimidating in stature they are very usually quite gentle , and friendly. So it is no surprise they are great with children but like with any large breed should be supervised with kids. Great Danes are well known to truly be companion dogs and have a strong desire to be with their owner and or family as much as possible.
The great dane has a short and usually somewhat shiny coat type. Their coats come in blue, brindle, fawn, black, mantle, and harlequin.
Great Danes like many large breeds have a shorter life span than most other breeds as well as numerous health concerns. A few of the great dane dogs health concerns are hip dysplasia, bloat, heart problems, elbow dysplasia, bone cancer, gastric torsion, cardiomyopathy, and lymphoma are some of the most common. The average lifespan for a great dane is about 7- 10 years.
Great danes are very intelligent dogs and aim the breed aims to please, they usually rank about the mid 40's in the working and obedience dog intelligence charts (out of hundreds of dogs). They are usually very trainable dogs.
This is a breed like all others that would benefit from a daily walk , however great danes do not require a lot of exercise despite their large size. During thier growing years it is important not to over exercise a great dane puppy as the breed has a history of joint issues and physical development for a puppy is a critical period in his health and longevity.
The Great Dane originated in Germany.
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