The Great Dane was developed using the Greyhound and the Mastiff breeds in Germany To hunt boars. The boar hound was much different from the Great Dane of today. The present day Great Dane was bred to be a pet. They are often called the “Gentle Giant” of dog breeds.
The Great Dane is an elegant looking dog. Their hair is thick, short and shiny. They can be brindle, fawn, blue, black and harlequin. The male is 30 inches tall, and the female is 28 inches tall. The male will weigh 120 pounds, and the females weigh 100 pounds, The Great Dane will be matured when they are three years old.
The Great Dane is gentle, playful, patient and affectionate. They are great with children. They are social and must be around people. They will not bark very much. They are brave, loyal and will make good watch dogs. They can be aggressive to other dogs. They need to be socialized and trained because of their size.
They only need moderate exercise as they can develop bone and joint problems. They can develop bloat and hip dyspepsia.
The need to be around people and if they are left alone and get bored they can be very aggressive and destructive.
Great Danes can not stand the cold weather. They must be kept indoors during the winter.
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