GREAT DANE

Due to their great demeanour and loud bark, Great Danes are often thought to be fierce. In reality, they are kind-hearted dogs who would curl up to you all day long. They are also known for their immense love towards kids.

Fast Facts On Great Dane

  • Origin

    Germany
  • Weight

    50 - 82 Kg (Both Male and Female)
  • Height

    Male: 76 - 79 cm
    Female: 71- 76 cm
  • Coat

    Short and Sleek
  • Skin Colour

    Fawn, Brindle, Black, Harlequin, Mantle, Blue
  • Life Span

    8 - 10 Years

Great Dane Characteristics

  • Energy Level

    Low
  • Exercise Needs

    Low
  • Playfulness

    Not Very Playful
  • Affection Level

    Very Affectionate
  • Friendliness With Other Dogs

    Shy
  • Friendliness Toward Strangers

    Very Friendly
  • Tendency to Bark

    Low
  • Tendency to Drool

    High
  • Watchdog Ability

    High
  • Guarding Potential

    Moderately Protective
  • Grooming Needs

    Low Maintenance
  • Cold Tolerance

    Low
  • Heat Tolerance

    Low
  • Veterinarian Visit

    Frequent

What Are The Best Foods For Great Danes?

Food For Newborn Great Danes (0 to 2 months)

Newborn Great Danes need mother’s milk for excellent nourishment. If not available, you can also bottle feed them with a good quality canine milk replacer. Some of the other best foods for Newborn Great Danes are:

  1. Fidele Puppy Starter Dog  Food 15 Kg
    Fidele Puppy Starter Dog Food 15 Kg
    ₹5,350.00
  2. 4% Off
    Arden Grange with Chicken Weaning Puppy Food 15 Kg
    Arden Grange with Chicken Weaning Puppy Food 15 Kg
    Special Price ₹8,690.00 Regular Price ₹9,000.00
  3. Farmina N&D Low Grain Chicken & Pomegranate All Breeds Puppy Starter 12 Kg
    Farmina N&D Low Grain Chicken & Pomegranate All Breeds Puppy Starter 12 Kg
    ₹7,090.00
  4. Royal Canin Giant Starter Dog Food 1 Kg
    Royal Canin Giant Starter Dog Food 1 Kg
    ₹790.00
  5. 17% Off
    Royal Canin Giant Starter Dog Food 4 Kg
    Royal Canin Giant Starter Dog Food 4 Kg
    Special Price ₹2,116.00 Regular Price ₹2,520.00

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Food For Puppy Great Danes (2 to 24 months)

Puppy Great Danes during their first two years need a calorie-dense food for supporting their faster growth rate. They need a good amount of protein in their diet for building a robust skeletal system. Below are some of the best foods for Great Dane puppies:

  1. 15% Off
    Hills Science Diet Puppy Large Breed 15 kg
    Hills Science Diet Puppy Large Breed 15 kg
    Special Price ₹6,460.00 Regular Price ₹7,600.00
  2. Acana Puppy & Junior Dog Food 11.4 Kg
    Acana Puppy & Junior Dog Food 11.4 Kg
    ₹6,899.00
  3. Orijen Puppy Large Breed Puppy Food 6 Kg
    Orijen Puppy Large Breed Puppy Food 6 Kg
    ₹4,599.00
  4. Farmina N&D Low Grain Puppy Chicken & Pomegranate Dog Food Maxi 12 kg
    Farmina N&D Low Grain Puppy Chicken & Pomegranate Dog Food Maxi 12 kg
    ₹7,090.00
  5. 13% Off
    Royal Canin Giant Puppy Dog Food 15 Kg
    Royal Canin Giant Puppy Dog Food 15 Kg
    Special Price ₹6,872.00 Regular Price ₹7,810.00

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Food For Adult Great Danes (Above 24 months)

Adult Great Danes are quite exposed to the problem of Bloating, on account of their broad and deep chest. Hence, they need to be fed smaller meals throughout the day. Some of the best foods for fully grown Great Danes are:

  1. Hills Science Diet Adult Large Breed Dog Food 7.94kg
    Hills Science Diet Adult Large Breed Dog Food 7.94kg
    ₹3,900.00
  2. Acana Classic Prairie Poultry Dog Food 11.4 Kg
    Acana Classic Prairie Poultry Dog Food 11.4 Kg
    ₹6,199.00
  3. Orijen Six Fish Dog Food 6 Kg
    Orijen Six Fish Dog Food 6 Kg
    ₹5,099.00
  4. Farmina N&D Low Grain Adult Chicken & Pomegranate  Maxi Dog Food 12 kg
    Farmina N&D Low Grain Adult Chicken & Pomegranate Maxi Dog Food 12 kg
    ₹6,890.00
  5. 15% Off
    Royal Canin Giant Adult Dog Food 15 Kg
    Royal Canin Giant Adult Dog Food 15 Kg
    Special Price ₹6,205.00 Regular Price ₹7,300.00

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Food For Senior Great Danes (Above 7 Years)

The diet of a Senior Great Dane should consist of nutrients that will help the dogs to stay active for a long time. Minerals like Glucosamine and Chondroitin are also recommended in their foods so that they maintain healthy bones and joints. Below are some of the best foods for senior Great Danes:

  1. Royal Canin Digestive Care	Gravy Dog Food 1.02 Kg
    Royal Canin Digestive Care Gravy Dog Food 1.02 Kg
    ₹960.00
  2. Pedigree Senior Adult Dog Food 3 Kg
    Pedigree Senior Adult Dog Food 3 Kg
    ₹580.00
  3. 2% Off
    Fidele Light & Senior Adult Dog Food 15 Kg
    Fidele Light & Senior Adult Dog Food 15 Kg
    Special Price ₹5,750.00 Regular Price ₹5,850.00
  4. 5% Off
    Hill's Science Diet Adult 7+ Active Longevity Original Dog Food 4 Kgs
    Hill's Science Diet Adult 7+ Active Longevity Original Dog Food 4 Kgs
    Special Price ₹2,100.00 Regular Price ₹2,200.00
  5. Orijen Senior Dog Food 11.4 Kg
    Orijen Senior Dog Food 11.4 Kg
    ₹7,899.00

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Are Great Danes Hard To Raise?

Even though Great Danes are lovely dogs, they can be challenging to raise. Their huge physical size is one of the reasons which makes them tough to control. For making a Great Dane well behaved, their training should start early from their puppyhood.

Do Great Danes Need A Lot of Exercises?

Great Danes need a long walk at least once a day, or a large area to play. While puppies require 90 minutes of daily exercise, adult Great Danes only need 30-60 minutes of it. Puppies should not be stressed too much to play as their bones and joints would be too delicate for that.

Do Great Danes Make Good Watch Dogs?

Thanks to their enormous size, Great Danes are capable of scaring off most intruders. If you socialize them from early puppyhood, they will easily be able to differentiate between a stranger and an attacker. So yes, they do make excellent watchdogs.

Are Great Danes Good Around Children?

Even though Great Danes are giant dogs, they are incredibly gentle and caring with babies. Their strength combined with their affectionate makes them great family dogs. That being said, Great Danes have this habit of jumping when they are over-excited. This can be risky for children who are below six years old, as these dogs can easily knock them off. So it would help if you are a little careful while the dog is running with the kids.

What are the Pros and Cons of a Great Dane?

Pros

  • Great Danes are easy to maintain dogs with minimal grooming requirements.
  • Despite their vast size, Great Danes are easy-going and soft-mannered dog breeds.
  • Due to their soft and calm nature, Great Danes are relatively easy to train dog breed.

Cons

  • Great Danes will take huge space in your house
  • Great Danes cannot be left alone for a long time, as they can develop separation anxiety. They also exhibit destructive behaviour when they are isolated.
  • Due to their large and deep chest, Great Danes are exposed to the health problem of Bloating. It can become fatal, if not treated on time.

Some Interesting Facts About Great Danes

  • Scooby-Doo, One of the most famous dogs of all time is a Great Dane

  • In ancient times, Great Danes were utilized to hunt wild boars.

  • Giant George, was a blue Great Dane who held the record for being the tallest dog. He measured around 42 inches.

  • Great Danes are a breed that grows exceedingly fast. Within 1 year, they go from being a fluffy puppy to a tall dog who looks like six feet, when standing on hind legs.

History of Great Danes

Great Danes have their origin in Germany where they were used for hunting wild boars and bears. Their ferocity exhibited by their ancestors was slowly bred out from them as modern Great Danes are now more mellow and soft. It is a fact that in the early 1800s, Germans banned the name ‘Great Dane’ and called the breed “Deutsche Dogge”, which means German Mastiff. Still, the breed continues to be called Great Dane in English speaking countries.

 

 

 

 

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