The Great Dane appeared in the United States in the late 1800s and has become gradually more popular since then.
Weight: 100-140 pounds
Height: 28+ inches at the shoulder
Weight: 120-200 pounds
Height 30+ inches at the shoulder
Colors / Markings / Patterns:
Harlequin (white with black patches)
Mantle (black and white)
About the Breed:
The Great Dane has a short haircoat that typically needs nothing more than routine grooming. Danes with natural (floppy) ears should have routine ear checks and cleanings. While some people prefer to surgically crop the ears, this practice is becoming less common and is actually banned in some countries.
Proper training and socialization is absolutely essential for the Great Dane. The giant size of this breed can render it out of control if not properly trained. These dogs do not realize their large size, so careful attention should be placed upon prevention of jumping, leaning and leash pulling.
Danes are playful and energetic - especially when young. Proper exercise will help keep your Dane calm and fit. Danes are very gentle companions and family protectors that lack aggression. A well-trained Great Dane can make an absolutely wonderful family pet.
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