The Great Dane: A Gentle Giant

The Great Dane, also known as the German Mastiff or Deutsche Dogge, is a breed of dog from Germany. Believed to have existed for more than 400 years, the Great Dane was developed from mastiff-type dogs, but they are more refined than other descendants of this ancient breed. With an athletic and muscular body, a huge head, and a long and elegant neck, the Great Dane is an impressive sight. Males can reach up to 32 inches at the shoulder and weigh 175 pounds, while females are slightly smaller, weighing up to 30 inches and 140 pounds.

Despite their size, the great Danes are elegant and even majestic in their gait and disposition. The extra large size is undoubtedly the defining characteristic of this breed. The height of the Great Danes ranges from 28 to 32 inches at the shoulder and their weight can drop between 110 and 175 pounds. The Apollo of dogs is also recognizable by its long, narrow and rectangular head, its sunken eyes and its reflective expression. They are strong and powerful, and they have a great temperament in general. Charming and affectionate, the Great Dane loves everyone and needs to be around people.

They don't bark much and only become aggressive when circumstances call for it. Brave and loyal, they make good watchdogs. The Great Dane does not stay short for long and constant training and rules should start from the puppy. This giant dog should be taught not to jump or lean on people. When humans live with dogs, we become their herd.

The whole package cooperates under one leader. You and all other humans MUST be higher in the order than the dog. That's the only way your relationship can be a success. Dogs that know their place below humans in the package order will be good with children. As puppies, the great Danes can knock down small tables and big children.

As adults, they can clean a coffee table with a stroke of tail. Although it may sometimes look like a bull in a china shop, the most important thing about the Great Dane is not its formidable size (up to 175 pounds), but its heart. He may have been bred to hunt ferocious wild boar and guard estates, but these days, this tall and elegant dog is better suited to life as a lover, not as a fighter. If you are looking for a gentle giant, this may be the dog for you. The size of the Great Dane attracts attention and offers instant protection: no one will guess what love is inside.

Even today, Italians call the breed Alano, which means mastiff; and in English-speaking countries, of course, they are called great Danes. As you can imagine, bathing a Great Dane is a daunting task, especially if they are not looking forward to it. You can also contact Great Dane rescue organizations to adopt a Great Dane or monitor the breed at your local animal shelter. The Harlequin Great Dane is defined by a white coat with irregular black spots; the Merle Great Dane has gray fur with dark spots; and the Great Dane's mantle has a black mantle that covers its body with intermittent white areas. Generally speaking, a Great Dane gets along well with other pets in the house, but occasionally some may be aggressive towards livestock or simply don't care about the other pets. We don't know when the first great Danes were brought to the US. Not even where did they come from, but the Great Dane Club of America was formed in 1889. As adults, great Danes enjoy long walks, but you will want to wait until they are 2 years old to avoid injury to their growing joints. Unfortunately not, great Danes are not hypoallergenic; they molt all year round and allergy sufferers can react to Great Dane hair and dandruff. Cage training benefits all dogs and is a gentle way to ensure that your Great Dane does not have accidents around the house or gets into things it shouldn't.Dogs grow so quickly that owners should wait until their puppy is 18 months old to take him on a hike or jog to preserve growing joints.