- Short haired and minimal shedding
- Gentle, non aggressive personality
- Good at intimidating strangers near his property but a gentle soul underneath it all
- Easily trained for potty and obedience
- As an adult, they are generally lazy couch potatoes that do not require excessive exercise
- Blends in well with family, viewing them as part of the pack. Typically sees young children as siblings, similar in size and soundness
- Generally not excessive barkers
- Loyal and
- Unaware of their size, Great Danes want to be affectionate lapdogs
- Adult Great Dane needs 7-10 cups of food per day
- Due to their size, vet bills may be more expensive
- In a Great Dane’s first year of puppyhood, they grow as much as a child takes 14 or 15 years to grow. During their puppy stages, they can be clumsy and have very energetic spurts (zoomies)
Great Danes are intelligent, fearless, and powerful dogs. According to the AKC Standard, a Great Dane must, “be spirited, courageous, never timid: always friendly and dependable.” The chances of coming across an aggressive, anti-social Great Dane are very slim. Knowledgeable breeders and trainers agree that aggressive tendencies or excessive fearfulness in the breed is usually a result of poor breeding, training, and possibly both.
Great Danes make excellent indoor dogs and whether it’s a large home or small apartment doesn’t make much of a difference. This is because the Great Dane is a low-energy breed that doesn’t require a lot of exercise. Short walks or outside play time is generally enough for the breed. As a matter of fact, in the early growth period, bones and joints are still developing and excessive exercising and running can do more harm to these areas than good.
Because the Great Dane is very family oriented and social, they don’t always do well with long periods of isolation and can be prone to separation anxiety if left alone too long.
The breed generally gets along with all family members if well socialized as a puppy. This is especially true of young and young-ish children. They will consider a child their own size or smaller as a possible sibling and enjoy playing with them very much. Due to this, parent supervision is important with younger children to ensure that the play doesn’t become too “ruff”. All children in the house should be taught the correct way to interact with the dog.
As with any breed, a Great Dane will benefit from some obedience training. Some training is more important in the Great Dane than it would be in a toy dog. Due to their size, Great Danes can be counter surfers and proper training as well as kitchen planning is in order with the breed. Many Dane owners keep their counters free of easy-to-reach food or keep their dogs out of the kitchen at all times.
While counter surfing by a Great Dane doesn’t require jumping but merely walking up to the counter, jumping is another behavior a Dane should be trained not to do. It may be cute as a puppy but as the dog grows (and grows FAST), jumping can become dangerous and painful. Therefore, the Great Dane should be trained from day 1 that jumping is not appropriate.
If you’re looking for a giant but affectionate, well mannered, easy to train dog that will fit well in a home or apartment and requires minimal exercise, the Great Dane may be for you!