Great Dane



The Great Dane (also known as the German Mastiff), which is often referred to as a gentle giant, is really very sweet, gentle, and playful. Because of its colossal size, this breed should not be left alone with children without supervision. But, in general, the Great Dane is well-mannered by nature. As a rule, German Mastiffs are used as watchdogs or bodyguards, and they brilliantly cope with these duties.

Height: 25-29 inches  Weight: 100-200 pounds  Lifespan: 7-10 years


The Great Dane is a very demanding dog, which can always be relied upon. This makes this dog a perfect family companion. In order to avoid possible behavior problems and even aggression towards adults and children, dogs of this breed must be subjected to appropriate, intensive socialization at very young age. Comparable Breed: Boxer, Mastiff.


The impressive size of this dog breed makes it look very intimidating, but in fact, this is a very gentle and loving animal. The Great Dane does well with other dog breeds and he shows no aggressiveness towards them, especially if socialized properly. German Mastiffs are very cheerful and devoted dogs.

Coat / Care:

The Great Dane has a short, thick and shiny coat. German Mastiffs come in a variety of colors, including brindle, black, mantle, fawn, pure steel blue and multicolored. Since this is a fairly clean breed, it does not require special care. Hence, it is enough to regularly brush your dog with a stiff brush. To minimize the hair loss, you can also use a special rubber glove.

Health Problems:

Danes may be prone to certain health issues, like hip dysplasia, eye disease and autoimmune thyroiditis. Still, the majority of these dogs are healthy.


The Great Dane will respond best to gentle teaching methods, However, the coach must be firm and dominant. German Mastiffs are relatively easy to train and care for, as long as they’re subjected to education at puppyhood.


German Mastiff adapt easily to a small living space, but must have daily exercise. Danes enjoy long walks. If left alone for long period of time, the Great Dane gets easily bored and destructive.

 Photo credit: Erin Campbell Smith/Flickr

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