The Great Dane, an imposing and gentle dog

 The  Great Dane, an imposing and gentle dog

The  Great Dane, an imposing and gentle dog

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This large dog also called Great Dane, imposing by its pace, is in fact a dog full of sweetness. You only have to look at the expression in his eyes to be convinced. In addition to its qualities as a guard dog, the Great Dane is the perfect companion animal, docile and affectionate. In short, it is one of the most pleasant molasses to live with.

  • Size:                        72 cm to 80 cm
  • Weight:                  45 kg to 70 kg
  • Hair:                       short
  • Colors:                   fawn, black, white with black spots, light brown with black or dark brown stripes, blue
  • Life expectancy:  9 years
  • Gestation period: 57 to 70 days

Description and characteristics of the Great Dane

The Great Dane, also nicknamed "Apollo of dogs" or "Great Dane", is recognizable first of all by its size, which makes it belong to one of the largest breeds of dogs. Its look is massive and powerful while being elegant. The Great Dane is well planted on its feet. He has a big head with a wide nose and hanging lips, just like his big ears. His hair is short, smooth, and shiny.

Origin of the Great Dane

The ancestors of the Great Dane go back to the Middle Ages with the "Bullenbeisser" and the "Saupacker", large dogs used to hunt deer, wild boar, or bear. Very widespread in Denmark until the First World War, the Great Dane was then called the "Great Dane" while its country of origin, as its current name indicates, is indeed Germany.

Character and behavior of the Great Dane – Who is it for?

The Great Dane looks like a guard dog, right down to its loud, powerful barking. It is also and above all an excellent pet very attached to its master and to his family whom he only asks to please. If he receives a good education, the Great Dane is the sweetest of dogs. He is particularly sensitive to young children whose company he enjoys and for whom he is an unfailing protector. On the other hand, the Great Dane accepts the presence of other dogs quite well, and even that of cats. On the other hand, he hates loneliness.

How to take care of your Great Dane: its needs

Despite its imposing appearance, the Great Dane can live indoors. It is even recommended, especially at night and in winter because it fears the cold, to ensure maximum life expectancy. The Great Dane does not need a lot of physical exercises other than a long walk a day if he lives in an apartment. On the other hand, he is a dog who loves to be taken care of. By regularly brushing his hair or by checking the cleanliness of his ears, for example.

The  Great Dane, an imposing and gentle dog

The diet of the Great Dane

The Great Dane is a dog that has significant food needs that represent a substantial budget at the end of the month. During its rapid growth, the food of the Great Dane must constantly be adapted to its morphology and its growing needs. If fed industrial feed, it is important to ensure their high quality. In the case of a household diet, the Great Dane should not eat the same food as its master but ground raw chicken, vegetables, or starchy foods.

The health of the Great Dane

The Great Dane has the particularity of being fragile during its youth. During the first three years of his life, it is necessary to watch his diet carefully and make sure that he does not lack vitamins. Adult, the Great Dane is a solid and robust dog that does not have longevity of more than 9 years. He can, like all large dogs, suffer from hip dysplasia. The Great Dane is also very sensitive to stomach dilation-torsion. To avoid this health problem, certain precautions must be taken: do not make the Great Dane make sudden efforts and avoid stressing it after its meals.

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