Considered to be one of the gentle giants, Great Danes have a heart as big as they are. Great Danes are known to be sweet, kind and patient. They are incredibly sociable and are great with kids. In fact, even though they are great in size, they need human attention, love, and affection. They may be one of the biggest, but they are undeniably one of the best. Well, these are just some of the few things about Great Danes. These gentle giants are fantastic. Because of that, we want you to know more about them before you decide to live with one. Below are some interesting facts about Great Danes to help you realize that they are awesome.
Interesting Facts About Great Danes
1. Great Dane is not Danish
Back in 19th century, Great Dane was bred to hunt boars, deer, and bears. Boars are extremely dangerous, powerful and savage, and it took a big and strong dog to hunt them. Great Dane was called the German Boarhound in the English-speaking world. He is not Danish in creation.
Great Dane was called the German Boarhound in the English-speaking world and he is not Danish in creation
This dog has ties to Germany, not Denmark. A few German breeders attempted to give him names like the German Dogge and German Mastiff because they wanted to promote this dog as a breed of luxury and nobility, not a working dog. However, their efforts did not work. Due to growing animosity between other countries and Germany, the dog became known as Great Danes instead. This was named after the French name “Grand Danois” in a historical work by Buffon in 1755.
2. Great Dane is majestic and enormous
This breed combines power and elegance in a smoothly muscled body. Their height, rather than mass, allow these dogs to take long and easy strides at a reasonable speed with no trace of clumsiness. Being great in size does not mean he is clumsy. This breed stands to be a minimum of 32 inches tall at the shoulder for an adult male, and a minimum of 30 inches at the shoulder for adult females. Zeus, a Great Dane, holds a world record for being the world’s tallest dog. Sadly, Zeus died at the age of 5 in 2014
Great Dane stands to be a minimum of 32 inches tall at the shoulder for an adult male, and a minimum of 30 inches at the shoulder for adult females
3. Great Danes come in 6 colors and patterns
The most commonly seen color is a golden fawn with a black mask. But, this breed recognizes five more colors and patterns.
Pure Steel Blue-Gray
Mantle (A solid black blanket extending over his body and a black head, with a white face blaze, neck collar, chest and white on the forelegs)
4. Great Danes have natural and cropped ears
In the U.S., although most of the Great Danes have their ears cropped for the show ring to stand erect, many dog owners prefer a natural and dropped ear. Typically, Great Dane breeders will leave a pet Dane’s ear uncropped if the buyer requests it. There are also more natural-eared Great Danes in the show ring.
Most of the Great Danes have their ears cropped for the show ring to stand erect
5. Great Danes are good apartment dogs
Many Great Danes thrive in apartments and can be content in the urban. Once they passed the rambunctious puppy stage, the adult Great Danes need a few long daily walks on a leash. There is no problem if their exercise needs are met. They can become pretty mellow and will tend to laze around your apartment or house.
6. Great Danes do not have the longest life expectancy
Great Danes as a giant breed live shorter lives compared to other breeds. It is common that this breed only has a lifespan of six to seven years. Dog owners treasure the moments they spend with their Danes everyday knowing this truth.
It is common that Great Danes only has a lifespan of six to seven years
7. Great Danes are extremely sensitive dogs
This dog breed does not behave well without those who are close to him. Living outside the doghouse can destroy this dog breed because it will make him depressed, aggressive and mentally unstable. Also, because of they are naturally sensitive, Great Danes do not respond well to laborious training methods.
8. Great Danes do not need extreme exercises
Great Danes only need daily walks. Overexercising will damage their fragile joints and bones.
9. Great Danes are not big eaters
It is a wrong belief that due to large size, they need a significant amount of foods. Great Danes only need two to three cups of dry dog food per meal.
Great Danes only need two to three cups of dry dog food per meal
10. Great Danes grow incredibly fast
Yes! In just one year, they evolve from a cute little pup to a six-foot-tall dog. Because of this fact, one common mistake that some owners do is overfeeding their puppies to make them faster and bigger. Always remember that growing a Dane is not a competition. Thus, in your dog’s natural pace, it is in the interest of your dog to let it grow. Feeding him more than what is only required of him will result in some health issues in the future.
In summary, the above some interesting facts about Great Danes. They are dependable, patient, friendly and can make great family dogs. The joy brought about by living with these gentle giants are worth the likelihood of them having a shorter lifespan. With their majestic stature and overwhelming affection, this breed stands out among the rest.