Dogs 101 – GREAT DANE – Top Dog Facts About the GREAT DANE
The giant-sized Great Dane, despite what its name might suggest, is not of Danish origin. Since big game hunters resembling the modern Great Dane have been around in Europe for thousands of years, the breed’s exact origin is difficult to pin down. It is generally believed to be a product of crossbreeding between the English Mastiff and the Irish Wolfhound. By the 14th century, these English crossbreeds were being used widely in Europe, but well into the 17th century, these were just hybrids in different sizes, and not identified as a specific breed. Around that period, the dog became very popular with the German nobility, where it was known as the English Dog. Apart from use in hunting, some members of the upper class were also known to keep these dogs in their bedrooms as guard dogs. It was in Germany that the breed’s features were refined over several years. When it was eventually exported from Germany in the 1800s, it began to be referred to as the German Boarhound or the German Mastiff. It was Europe’s political climate – Germany was in conflict with several European states at the time – that inspired the breed’s modern name.
Time for some Ruff Trivia:
– It is inadvisable to breed together two Great Danes of what colors?
o A: Two merles
o B: Two harlequins
o C: A fawn and a black
What do you think, give it your best guess in the comments below before we get to the answer! Hang on tight and we’ll get back to this Ruff Trivia Question toward the end of the video.
The lower height limits for adult male and female Great Danes are 30 inches and 28 inches, respectively. The male generally weighs between 130 and 180 pounds, and the female weighs between 100 and 150 pounds. It is a muscular dog, with a square jaw and deep muzzle. The ears are naturally triangular and floppy; erect if cropped. The coat is short, with a glossy appearance. The colors seen are fawn, brindle, black, harlequin, mantle and blue.
Grooming: Coat care for the Great Dane is easy – it requires a brush using a hound glove once a week to keep it clean and shiny. Its strong fast-growing nails need to be clipped regularly. Some dogs of the breed tend to drool, which requires regular cleaning around the mouth. Regular cleaning of ears and brushing of teeth is needed.
Environment: The Great Dane is a very friendly dog. It is good as a family member as it enjoys participating in domestic activities and enjoys physical contact. It gets along well with children and other pets, but its large size can always intimidate others. Some Great Danes are known to be extra-sensitive to stimuli and can get jittery around strangers or in new situations. Because of its large size, even though it does well as a home dog, it requires more space than other dogs to stretch and move around.
Training: The intelligence and sensitive nature of a Great Dane makes it easily trainable. Socialization at an early age is highly recommended. Despite its large size, the dog does not require extensive daily exercise.
Health: The typical life expectancy of a Great Dane is 6 to 8 years. Because of the quick growth to a large size, the dog is prone to joint and bone problems. Other ailments seen are bloat, cataract, glaucoma and some congenital heart issues.
The Great Dane is a gentle giant – loving, sensitive and well mannered. If you can live up to the challenges that come with having a large dog in the house, your family will be rewarded with a perfect companion in all its activities.
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