Though Great Dane dogs can knock over a person with their size and weight, they can actually live in an apartment with you without any problem. Despite being one of the largest breeds in the world, these gentle giants are calm and quiet. If well-socialized and well-trained, they can stay in your apartment without causing problems with your neighbors. Get to know more about the “Apollo of dogs” here.
Great Dane Dogs Are Gentle Giants
- Calm and good-natured
Called the “Apollo of dogs” because of their stature in the canine world, Great Dane dogs are actually one of the friendliest breeds. While some may find their height imposing, in actuality these dogs have calm and good-natured personalities. In fact, they won’t be a problem around children. However, you still need to supervise, because even puppies can easily knock down small children.
When you think of big breeds, you usually don’t imagine that they’re apartment pets. However, Great Danes can easily live with families in apartment. They only bark when they need to, meaning they won’t be disturbing your next-door neighbors. Their height may scare some people, but they make up for this fear factor with their affectionate nature.
Great Danes don’t require much exercise either. Even though they love to play, you won’t have to worry about your dog crashing on tables with your favorite china. They love sleeping and snuggling as well. In fact, they think they’re lapdogs and will constantly try to prove themselves right, even when they’re bigger than the laps they’re snuggling on.
Size & Color
Great Dane dogs have 9 colors and 3 distinct markings. They can be solid fawn, brindle and black, or have black and white patches called harlequin. Some also look like they have a mantle on their back; a pure black coat with a white “mantle” over their back and vice versa.
Male Great Danes can grow to 30-34 inches in height and 120-200 pounds in weight. Meanwhile, females are slightly smaller at 28-32 inches in height and 99-130 pounds in weight. The only dog bigger than Great Dane dogs is the Irish Wolfhound. Train your puppy not to jump on people at an early age if you don’t want them accidentally knocking over guests in excitement.
Great Danes are generally healthy, but there are certain diseases that you have to keep an eye out for with this breed.
- Bone Cancer – Afflicting both humans and dogs, bone cancer or osteosarcoma develops in middle-aged canines. Great Danes and other large breed dogs are particularly susceptible to this disease. Treatment involves amputation and chemotherapy.
- Heart Disease – Some heart diseases that affect Great Dane dogs include cardiomyopathy, mitral valve defects, dysplasia, subaortic stenosis, among others. Heart diseases may sound deadly, but with the right treatment and medical care, your pet can live a long life.
- Gastric Torsion – This deadly sickness happens when the dog’s stomach becomes too full of air and then suddenly twists, cutting off the blood supply to the heart. Canines with large and deep chests like the Great Dane are particularly prone to this life-threatening illness. If your dog is unable to belch or expel air after eating, blood pressure drops, which eventually makes them go into shock. Bring your dog to the vet right away if this happens.
- Hip Dysplasia – An inherited condition causes the thigh bone to not fit snugly into the hip joint. This causes pain and lameness. Some dogs end up with severe arthritis. Dogs with hip dysplasia genes should not be bred.
Yesterday we saw this 85kg Great Dane named Kaiser and he was bigger than my 7 year old stepbrother and it was love at first sight pic.twitter.com/V93Uwt8H0Y
— ˜dakota˜ (@SheXDakota) August 21, 2017
With proper diet, health care, and at least 20 minutes of exercise a day, Great Dane dogs can live up to 7-10 years. They may not be as active as other high-energy dogs, but make sure they get to walk around the park every day.
Food & Diet
Large breeds should not be fed with regular puppy food, as their nutritional needs are different from other sized canines. Feed your Great Dane according to age, gender and size.
Female puppies aged 3 to 6 months require 4-8 cups of dog food specifically created for large breed dogs. Male puppies of the same age need a similar amount.
Females aged eight months to 1 year need 5-8 cups, while males should be fed 6 to 10 cups of dog food. Adolescents need 8 cups for females and 9-15 cups for males. Meanwhile, adults should be fed 6-8 cups for females and 8-10 cups for males.
- Requires little grooming
- Brush weekly
- Bathe only when dirty
- Wipe face with warm wet cloth daily
- Trim nails every few weeks
- Brush teeth frequently
Great Dane dogs have short, thick hair, but they shed more than you could ever expect. That’s why it’s advisable to brush the coat every few weeks to keep it healthy and shiny. Every spring and fall, they “blow out” and shed a great deal. This requires constant brushing to get rid of all the loose and tangled hair.
You don’t have to constantly groom a Great Dane though. You only need to bathe him whenever you want or when he comes home from digging in the backyard. Nevertheless, wipe his face with a warm, wet cloth every day. Great Danes drool a lot, and their saliva gets stuck around their mouth.
Trim nails ever few weeks if they don’t naturally get worn out during play. You should also brush his teeth frequently to avoid gum disease and other dental problems.
Despite its name, the Great Dane was bred in Germany. It’s believed that an Irish Wolfhound, a Mastiff, and a Greyhound contributed to the canine’s current height and build.
Great Dane dogs were initially bred to hunt boars. They were later designated to become estate guardians.
Germany named the breed as their national dog in 1876, and the American Kennel Club recognized Great Danes as a breed in 1887. This gentle giant has now become one of most popular breeds in the US, ranking 14th in popularity at the AKC.
There have been several famous Great Danes in popular culture. One of the most famous ones is Scooby Doo, written by Hannah Barbara. In the show, Scooby runs around with his best friend Shaggy and the Mystery Inc. to solve crimes.
Marmaduke is another Great Dane character that everybody loves. Created by Brad Anderson, he based the comic on the adventures of his own family’s dog.
Learn more about living with Great Dane dogs with this video.
If you love big dogs, then consider getting a Great Dane. Not only are they noble-looking, they’re also very loving and gentle. 90s kids will also love the kick out of having Scooby Doo as a family member!
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