FAQ

About Great Danes:

Personality: Friendly, patient, dependable

Energy Level: Somewhat Active; Sedate, easygoing dogs, Danes enjoy a good walk two or three times daily

Good with Children: Better with Supervision

Good with other Dogs: With Supervision

Shedding: Seasonal

Grooming: Occasional

Trainability: Responds Well

Height: 30-32 inches (male), 28-30 inches (female)

1874pounds.jpgWeight: 140-175 pounds (male), 110-140 pounds (female)

This is probably one of the most frequent questions we hear.  Here is a photo from the owner of one of our pups.  This Dane weighs in at a whopping 187.4 pounds.  Check out the scale in the background.

Life Expectancy: 7-10 years

Barking Level: Barks When Necessary

Your Great Dane puppy will grow into a majestic fellow, standing 30" tall or more at the shoulder. Should he stand up on his hind legs for a hug, he may well tower over some adults. This gentle giant is a loving family dog, friendly and energetic. He's patient with kids and eager to please his people, while also being a protective guardian of home and family. The Great Dane is an ideal pet for owners who appreciate the size, strength and energy of this 'king of dogs.'

Health

Great Danes are generally a healthy breed. Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like hip dysplasia, eye disease, autoimmune thyroiditis and cardiac disease. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Great Danes are healthy dogs. Great Danes are fast growing and can have a lot of growing pains. Good nutrition, proper exercise is essential. A mild bone disorder called panosteitis is caused by inflammation of the growing long bone. It is usually self limiting, the pup will limp and the limp may go from leg to leg. A vet will prescribe an anti-inflammatory drug and the pup will grow out of it. Other more serious bone disease are usually nutritional in nature and can be dangerous to the Danes well being. Great Danes, as well as other deep-chested breeds, suffer from bloat and gastric torsion. Feeding two meals a day and limiting exercise after eating will help prevent this problem. Do not let your Dane get fat. The weight may go on easily, but it is hard getting it off. A heavy Dane will have a shorter life span. Excess weight will cause them to have mobility problems as seniors.

Recommended Health Test from the National Breed Club:

Hip Evaluation
Ophthalmologist Evaluation
Thyroid Evaluation
Cardiac Exam

Color Selections For Your Puppy

The Great Dane breed is represented by a number of color options.  These include:

Black:  AKC Standard - The color shall be a glossy black. White markings at the chest and toes are not desirable.  *A black Great Dane with a healthy coat should appear to shimmer n the sun.  This striking color makes the massive dogs musculature stand out.

Blue Merle:  Although considered a mismarked color the Blue Merle Dane is quite impressive!  This particular color and pattern is said to be rare by some. Great Danes are the only breed of dog bred for this color pattern.

Mantle:  AKC Standard - The color shall be black and white with a solid black blanket extending over the body; black skull with white muzzle; white blaze is optional; whole white collar is preferred; a white chest; white on part or whole of forelegs and hind legs; white tipped black tail.  A small white marking in the blanket is acceptable, as is a break in the white collar.

Harlequin:  AKC Standard – Base color shall be pure white with black torn patches irregularly and well distributed over the entire body; a pure white neck is preferred.  The black patches should never be large enough to give the appearance of a blanket, nor so small as to give a stippled or dappled effect.  Eligible, but less desirable, are a few small gray patches, or a white base with single black hairs showing through, which tend to give a salt and pepper or dirty effect.  These big spotty dogs are often confused for Dalmatians (if you can believe that one!)  When 2 Harlequins are bred together, they may or may not have Harlequin marked offspring.