HOW BIG DO GREAT DANES
Males according to AKC standards should not less
than 30 inches at the shoulders but preferable to be 32 inches or more.
Weight range from 120-180 lbs. Females are should not be less than 28
inches but preferable to be 30 inches or more at the shoulders. Weight
for females range from 110-140 lbs. These are just estimated averages
for weight, there are Danes that can weigh more, depending on size,
bone, health, nutrition.
How much room do you need for a Dane?
Danes are very adaptable to any surrounding. Danes
are NOT OUTSIDE DOGS! Remember to exercise your Dane on a daily bases,
this is important because Danes like to hang out in the house but they
do need room to play and run. A good long walk is great for a Dane if
you live in an apartment setting. Just remember exercise is very
important, a Dane can destroy your home if they are confined and cannot
release built up energy. Playing with you Dane in your home is not
What other colors are Great Danes?
The Approved colors by Great Dane Club of America
and AKC are: Black, Blue, Fawn, Harlequin, Brindle, Mantle. Merle is not
approved by AKC.
FEEDING GREAT DANES?
Adult Danes should be fed a QUALITY dog food, not
one from a supermarket! Make sure the brand you choose has a protein
level of 22%-26%. Do not feed more than a 26% protein level to Danes.
Fat levels should be between 15%-18%. This is to ensure that the puppy
can grow at a slow rate since their bones and body grow very rapidly.
Always make sure your Dane has access to fresh water at all time!! My
Danes eat 2xs a day, so NO it does require large amounts of food to own
Is when the stomach swells
and/or rotates cutting off blood supply to other body organs. You need
to seek medical help immediately if this occurs. This is a major killer
*Some owners prefer to
feed the BARF, (biologically appropriate raw food) diet to their Danes.
This is only an option if you are totally committed and research the
proper diet guidelines to feeding BARF.
Bathing & Coat Care of Great Danes?
Danes need little bathing. I usually only bathe
once a month in the summer, and use a waterless shampoo in the winter,
usually when they start to look dirty and just need a good bathing. If
you keep their coats brushed on a regular basis you will minimize the
shedding and loose hairs, and helps keep their coats shinny and smooth.
Health Problems In Great Danes?
There are some health problems associated with
Danes. The ones of most concern and most common are; Cancers,
Bloat, Thyroid disease. Danes can also be affected by; Wobblers
Syndrome, Cardiomyopathy, Eye problems (ex: Entropion).
CRATE TRAINING IS IMPORTANT!
It is advised to crate train your Dane from the
start as a puppy. This helps them adjust to their new environment plus
provides them with a sense of security. Do not use a crate as a form of
punishment! It will take patience until your Dane puppy will get the
hang of his crate.
You can feed him in the crate, give him chew toys,
or any favorite toy that the puppy likes. Have him take short naps in
his crate during the day. That way you do not have a puppy running loose
in your house at all times, using the bathroom at free will and chewing
up things he is not suppose to chew on.
What is the Life Span of a Great Dane?
Average life span of a Dane is 7-10 years. There
are Danes that have lived longer. There are factors to longevity in
Danes, such as proper diet, exercise, Veterinary care, buying from a
responsible breeder who does health testing on both male and female.
Are Great Danes good with Children and
Yes. With the proper training of your Dane they do
well with children and other animals. Danes love children, you must monitor them with
younger children though due to their size and weight, even as a puppy,
they chew and can knock young children down. Danes tails can be a weapon
to a young child and hurt when getting hit by a Dane tail, especially a
very excited Dane!
Are Great Danes hard to train?
No, if you are dedicated to training them properly!
They are very willing to please you and do not like to disappoint their
owners'. You have to put forth the time and effort to properly train
your Dane, taking a training class with your puppy/Dane is a great
source to learn how to properly train your new friend. You will find
that Danes have a lot of personality, you have to remember how big this
dog will be at full growth, that is why you never let your Dane "think"
he/she is the leader!!!