Despite their massive size, this gentle giant has blessed the households of many loving owners in small or large areas. They are loyal, loving dogs that thrive on human contact and love. As one of the tallest breeds, they are certainly head-turners wherever they grace their unmissable presence.
|Temperament||A loving, gentle breed who is also known for their guarding instincts.|
|Suitable||Being a reasonably athletic breed, they thrive in busy households that are affectionate and active.|
|Health||A healthy dog breed. However, like all dogs, the Great Dane can be more susceptible to specific health problems.|
|COMMON CLAIMS||MAXIMUM CLAIM|
|Tissue Damage or Fracture||$2,213.06|
|Gastrointestinal Tract Conditions||$2,215.25|
|Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD)||$4,669.82|
|Skin Conditions Allergy||$1,509.24|
*Pet Insurance Australia Data 2022/2023
The Great Dane loves to work alongside their owners and has been noted to be very trainable. However, like with all dog breeds, keeping it fun and going at your dog’s pace is essential. Due to their impressive size, you must start training when your sizable pawed pup enters your home. Teaching them to walk nicely on a leash is paramount, or you could find yourself being literally dragged down the street. They need to be taught manners from an early age to avoid those ‘giant dog mishaps’…think knocking you over in the doorway with armfuls of shopping. They respond well to positive reinforcement full of love and praise. It is vital to ensure the early socialisation of your pup, so enrolling in your local puppy preschool is advised.
The short coat of the Great Dane is easy to care for. But buyers should be aware that they tend to shed, so regular grooming is advised. Due to their enormous size, it is paramount to get your Dane used to bathing and grooming from a young age. If they do not learn to enjoy this procedure, you could have a lot of dog to deal with come bath-time! Clipping nails regularly is also recommended. Large dogs with long nails can cause problems, so start early and use treats and praise for calm behaviour during grooming.
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Known for their imposing size, gentle temperament, and graceful appearance, the Great Dane, like all dog breeds, can be prone to specific health issues.
Being a giant breed, care must be taken not to over exercise your young dog. During the first few months, your pup will grow very quickly, so ensure you take care of those massive joints and go easy. Your grown Dane will love a romp off leash and a daily walk to keep in good shape. They love a good run down the beach or a swim and any activity that involves being with you. Chat with your breeder about what exercise is best for your growing pup. Ward off boredom with adequate exercise and home-alone challenges. Watch for when your Dane shows signs of exhaustion, particularly when playing with other dogs. It’s also a good idea to take care when your large dog is running with smaller breeds. Due to their sheer size, they can inflict accidental injury when playing rough with smaller dogs.
The Great Dane is a brilliant dog and thrives on training and socialising. Again, it’s essential to start early as bad habits are challenging to out-train. Having a clear set of rules before you invite your pup home is fundamental. Remember that allowing your little pup to jump or even sleep on the couch may not be so cute when they are a towering dog. Ensure your dog is correctly exercised and that you have at least six-foot fences to avoid a bored dog escaping. Get creative with boredom-busting ideas when you are not home with your beloved giant.
Danes make excellent family companions and, due to their size, will tolerate children well. However, like with all dogs, please teach your children how to behave around a dog correctly. A Great Dane does not understand the sheer size of their body, so from time to time, they may accidentally knock over a small child. This is where training is indispensable. Teaching ‘wait’ before the walk-through doors and basic manners can guarantee many of their ‘size’ related accidents are less likely.
Their short coats mean Danes will feel the cold more than some breeds. So please consider this when leaving your Dane outside in the cold. Six-foot fences are necessary to ensure your pup is kept safe throughout their life. Danes will spend hours lazing about in the sun (or on your couch), they are a very relaxed breed that will benefit from companionship and an indoor life.
It is crucial to only source your new Great Dane from a reputable breeding establishment to ensure your puppy is healthy and is being bred from quality dogs. Ask all the important questions about hereditary problems and ask to see Mum and Dad. Contacting local breed clubs can also help you research your chosen breeder. Your breeder should have plenty of proof that they regularly screen their breeding dogs for genetic diseases. This process takes longer than a quick purchase, but it can save you and your family from a massive amount of heartache a sick puppy or dog can invoke.
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