Routine Care: The Great Dane is a large smart dog with lots of energy, so keep her mind and body active, or she'll get bored. That's when the naughty stuff starts. She can have a high prey drive, so she needs to be leash walked and a sturdy fence is a must. It is recommended that you provide her with soft bedding to help prevent joint problems and calluses.
Grooming: She has low grooming needs. Brush her coat as needed, at least weekly.
Dental: Great Danes generally have good teeth, and you can keep them
perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!
Ear Care: Clean her ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian
can show you how!
The Great Dane is courageous, loyal, and sometimes reserved, but with proper socialization and training, she is a true Gentle Giant.
Lovable, playful companion
Good with children
Confident, steady, and fearless
Good watchdog with a loud bark
Mild-mannered and easy to get along with
Energetic, active, and athletic
Takes up a lot of room due to her massive size
Can be rambunctious and rowdy, especially as a younger dog
Prone to separation anxiety and associated chewing behaviors
Can be gassy and drool a lot
Can be aggressive, fearful, or snappy if not socialized properly
Can be independent and strong-willed
Whether you are considering adding a new Great Dane to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Great Dane will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the Great Dane you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. She’s counting on you to be her health expert.
Some health issues a Great Dane could encounter:
Bone and Joint Problems
Hip and Elbow Dysplasia
Hemolytic Anemia and Thrombocytopenia
The Great Dane originated in Germany over 400 years ago. Initially bred to hunt
deer or wild boar and to serve as estate guards, the Great Dane’s modern purpose is
companionship. The Great Dane was developed from a cross between the Irish
Wolfhound and Old English Mastiff, and is also known as the German Mastiff. The
Great Dane is an easy-going and social breed; they are known to be patient with
children and highly devoted to their family. Great Danes are a large breed that mature slowly and have moderate exercise needs, so do not over exercise them during their
early years. The Great Dane is friendly and charming, a wonderful family companion.
The Great Dane is a generally healthy breed with an average lifespan of seven to nine
Consult with a veterinarian if your Great Dane shows signs of the following:
Dry heaving or a large, tight, painful abdomen
Fainting, collapse, breathing issues, cough
Any new or changing lumps or bumps
Lameness with or without swelling
Swollen lymph nodes or glands, unexplained weight loss
Pale gums, labored breathing, weakness, or sudden collapse
General reluctance to run or play
Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes
General listlessness, droopy facial expression, vomiting, diarrhea
Gums that are a color other than bright pink
Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain
Excessive licking or chewing, pawing at face and/or ears, head shaking, face rubbing
Dry, scaly, sometimes itchy hairless patches on face or paws
Misplaced or missing teeth, bad breath, hair and food stuck between teeth