Great Dane

Animal welfare relevant breed

Life expectancy

8 years

Age adult

36 months

Height (Shoulder height)

76 cm

Weight

70 kg

Coat texture

short-haired / smooth

Coat color

white, with or without markings/patches in grey, yellow, loh, black, brown

Common illnesses

dysplasia of the hip joint / elbow dysplasia / thyroid diseases (mostly hypothyreosis) / merle factor (deaf, blind, malformation) / allergies / cancer/ predisposition to tumor / heart diseases / skin diseases / Breeding relevant to animal welfare / gastric torsion / stillbirth in harlequins / dilated cardiomyopathy / cerebellar abiotrophy / gastrointestinal problems / hyperuricosuria/hyperuricemia (HUU) / wobbler syndrome

Food expenses per month in €

about € 105

Suitable for children

Rather not

Needs a garden

Rather not

Hunting motivated / needs alternative employment

Rather not

First dog suitable

Rather yes

Allergy friendly

Rather not

Athletic

Atletic

Attention

Needs much attention

Care and grooming

Medium grooming effort

Eager to learn

Medium

Exercise

Needs a lot of exercise

Nature

sensitive / friendly / clingy / bold / calm / territorial / gentle

Bred for

watchdog / companion dog

Common illnesses

dysplasia of the hip joint / elbow dysplasia / thyroid diseases (mostly hypothyreosis) / merle factor (deaf, blind, malformation) / allergies / cancer/ predisposition to tumor / heart diseases / skin diseases / Breeding relevant to animal welfare / gastric torsion / stillbirth in harlequins / dilated cardiomyopathy / cerebellar abiotrophy / gastrointestinal problems / hyperuricosuria/hyperuricemia (HUU) / wobbler syndrome

Dog type according to FCI

pinscher and schnauzer - molossoid - swiss mountain and cattledogs

FCI description

Section 1 Pinscher and Schnauzer. These were once farm dogs that kept house and stables free of mice and rats. They also protected against intruders and accompanied the carts. They are often independent, suspicious of strangers and vigilant.

Section 2 Molossoids. These great dane-like dogs were used in the war as fighting dogs and in the Middle Ages for big game hunting. Later for guarding large estates. They are big, defensive dogs who protect and defend their family. They need a loving education early on and must not be armed in any way, otherwise the strong animals get out of control. Also the mountain dogs were typical house and yard dogs which are ready to defend but little aggressive. With same-sex conspecific, they get along however usually less well because of its distinctive precinct-behavior.

Section 3 Swiss Mountain Dog. These worked as herd prodection dogs or guard dogs in alpine valleys or pulled milk carts. They are independent, territorial and guarded house, yard and livestock.

Many dogs from this group grow very big, have a strong personality and need patient training. They can become great partners for life if you have enough space and time. Others are small, but still stubborn and want to be challenged so that their activity and vigilance can be lived out and not used against others.

Short description

The Great Dane is a soft giant, which is sensitive, friendly and very attached. Despite his softness, ha can defend himself and his family if needed. Overall, he is calm but if not trained well, he does not tolerate strangers in the house. This breed is exceptionally big from the beginning, therefore, they are also quite big with only a few months .That means it can be quite difficult to control them, therefore, a soft but firm traning is of utmost importance. Regarding his height, he needs a lot of space, a small apartment is not suitable.

This information is indicative and adheres to the breed standard. Each animal is an individual and has a personal character, as well as its own needs. Thus, a breed is not a guarantee of certain behaviors, etc.