Breed At A Glance: Great Dane - Wagr Petcare

    Breed At A Glance: Great Dane

    great dane



    • Lifespan: 7–10 years
    • Size: Largest among working breeds
    • Maintenance Level: Moderate
    • Shed Level: Moderate
    • Temperament: Gentle, kind, protective
    • Friendliness: Good with families, children, and pets

    Best For

    • Families, those with large living spaces, experienced dog owners


    • Weight: 54 to 72 kilograms
    • Height: 28-32 inches
    • Large floppy ears, big blocky head, deep chest, long limbs, long tail
    • Coat Colours: Black, blue, fawn, harlequin, merle


    • Gentle giants, excellent guardians, kind and family-oriented
    • Nicknamed "Apollo of Dogs" for their impressive stature

    Care Guide

    • Grooming: Regular grooming needed for large size and coat care
    • Training: Responds well to consistent, positive training
    • Diet & Nutrition: Requires large-breed quality dog food
    • Exercise: Moderate exercise suitable for their size


    • Gastric Dilatation Volvulus (GDV): Serious condition common in Great Danes
    • Hip Dysplasia: Common in large breeds; screening recommended
    • Wobbler Syndrome: Neurologic condition linked to physical characteristics
    • Degenerative Lumbosacral Stenosis: Spinal condition causing back pain
    • Happy Tail Syndrome: Tail injuries due to size and temperament
    • Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM): Heart disease due to large heart size

    Additional Information

    • Feeding Recommendations: Special diets for large breeds
    • Training Challenges: Intelligent but may be stubborn; requires patient training
    • Grooming Needs: Regular brushing and periodic bathing
    • Good Family Dog: Yes, known for being patient and gentle with children
    • Intelligence: Intelligent and quick learners; may exhibit stubbornness
    • Exercise Needs: Moderate; requires regular walks and space for movement
    • Health Concerns: Prone to specific health issues; regular veterinary care advised

    Grooming Guide

    • Skin Care: Regular checks, especially if prone to skin conditions
    • Coat Care: Weekly brushing to manage shedding
    • Eye Care: Regular monitoring for signs of eye problems
    • Ear Care: Monthly cleaning recommended; prone to ear infections
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