German Great Dane - breed description, characteristics, training and photo

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Learn about the temperament, the standard, the characteristics of the Great Dane, its size, life expectancy. See what he likes, his description, character traits. Get information about caring for the Great Dane, training, molting. Take a look at the photo of the Great Dane.

German dog

Tendency to training
Watchtower qualities
Protective properties
The size
Attitudes towards children

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Немецкий дог - описание породы, фото, характеристики He is also called "gentle giant", "dog king" or "beauty deities" in the canine world. And this is true. They are really incredibly beautiful, strong, well physically developed. In addition, these calm from nature and noble giants are also called the world's largest indoor doggies.

The Great Dane is often called Danish. In the USA, the name of the breed sounds like Great danes (a great Dane or Danish dog), although this breed has nothing to do with Denmark.

Ancestor of the Great Danes is the old German mastiff. Most likely, dogs similar to dogs were brought in the 5th century by Asian tribes. There is evidence that similar dogs lived in ancient Rome, Egypt and even China. The breed that we know was bred in Germany about 400 years ago.

Appearance of the Great Dane

The Great Dane was originally bred as a hunting dog in large animals, for the protection of estates, and also used as a service dog. It's a cross between a mastiff and a greyhound. People often forget that under this calm appearance a large guard dog is hiding. In the Middle Ages it was believed that this dog has supernatural abilities and can protect from evil spirits.

During the last century, this breed lost the aggression that was so necessary during the hunt. But at the present time, the main purpose of the Great Dane is simply to be a good, very big companion for a person. And he really is. The Great Dane likes to lie on the couch, so it's better to buy a bigger bed. They are lethargic and homebody. The physical characteristics of the Great Dane leave no doubt for the original purpose of this breed.

Firstly, high growth. They are simply giants. Their paws are exactly the same size as the arms of a man. Along with the Irish wolfhounds, the Great Danes are considered the highest among dogs. On average, Irish wolfhounds are higher than Great Danes. But a close relative of the Great Danes, the English mastiff is considered to be the heaviest dog and weighs up to 70 kilograms.

Photo: Great Dane
Photo: Great Dane

German mastiffs are very fond of leaning. Like the Dobermans , they stand on your feet and put your front paws on your shoulders. They owe enormous growth to incredibly long paws. Despite the impressive size, they are very beautiful and dexterous. All their movements are extraordinarily graceful.

The Great Dane is gentle, friendly, obedient, peaceful and really, really big. He is extremely devoted to his masters, especially to children. However, a 6 month old puppy of a German dog weighs more than a 6 year old child. Therefore, parents should be careful that the dog, playfully, does not harm the child. The Great Dane is a very playful dog, so he needs daily walks. But it does not require a lot of exercise.

The size

The height at the withers in males according to the standard should not be less than 80 centimeters, in bitches not less than 72 centimeters.

The weight of a German dog reaches 90 kilograms.


Unfortunately, the representatives of this fine breed live a little. The average life expectancy of the Great Dane is 7-8 years.


The Great Dane is a gentle and calm dog and is usually easy to train if it starts at an early age. And if the initial base in training was not in the doggie laid in puppyhood, then in adulthood with training can be difficult. This applies to all other breeds of dogs. But since the Great Dane is one of the big breeds of dogs, the question of training should be approached with particular attention.


Moulting at the Great Dane is moderate.

Care of the breed German dog

German mastiffs are smooth-haired dogs, so it is not difficult to take care of them.

Breeders advise to apply a dry shampoo when there is no special need for water procedures. Too often water treatments have a bad effect on the wool of the Great Dane, especially if the shampoo has not been washed to the end.

While bathing the dog, use a professional mechanical brush, which is designed for dogs of large size. Claws of a dog need to be given increased attention. They should be short and should not impede the German mastiff during the movement. Use manicure scissors, specially made for dogs of large breeds . Just do not cut the excess, otherwise it can infect the infection.

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