Great Dane breed information, pictures and more...

Deutsche Dogge, German Mastiff, Grand Danois


AKC Working Dogs, FCI Group II.: Pinscher and Schnauzer- Molossoid Breeds - Swiss Mountain and Cattle Dogs, TKC Working
Dogs 30-34 inches (76-86 cm)
Bitches 28-32 inches (71-81 cm)
Dogs 120-200 pounds (54-91 kg)
Bitches 100-130 pounds (45-59 kg)
5 to 12

The Great Dane is a giant dog that combines nobility with robustness and power with elegance. It is regal in appearance, having dignity, strength and elegance. This breed is the tallest of dog breeds with its great size and well-formed muscled body. The Great Dane is known as the friendly giant, it should show no unprovoked aggression.

This breed is gentle, loyal, affectionate, and patient; it makes a great family dog. It makes a perfect companion to children. Adapts well to city life if given plenty of space and exercise. Despite its large size it should not be kenneled but kept indoors as a member of the family.


Brindle, fawn, blue, black or harlequin.


Short, dense, smooth, sleek. The coat is easy to groom. Comb, brush and dry shampoo when necessary. Keep nails trimmed. Comb and brush with a firm bristle brush and dry shampoo when necessary. This breed is an average shedder.

Health Issues:

The Great Dane is not a long-lived breed. Beware of hip dysplasia; also prone to bloat, tumors, heart disease, and tail injuries. Do not jog with this dog until it is at least one year old. To minimize the risk of your Great Dane developing any hereditary health issues, you should buy a Great Dane puppy from a reputable Great Dane breeder.

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