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Great Dane Breeders
If you are after a dog that is truly a gentle giant and that will become an integral part of the family, you cannot go past the Great Dane. Here’s what you need to know.
Characteristics of the Great Dane
The most defining characteristic of the Great Dane breed is its size – in fact, it is one of the largest of the dog breeds! The Great Dane stands up to 34 inches tall at the wither and weighs up to 90 kilograms. They are a short coated dog and the coat comes in different colours and patterns including brindle, fawn, blue, black, black and white, and white with black patches. The Great Dane’s ears are naturally floppy (hang down) but they are frequently cropped as a fashion choice (although cropping is becoming much less popular, and is even frowned upon now).
The Great Dane Temperament
The Great Dane is commonly described as being a gentle giant as they are very joyful and loving dogs. They are also very loyal and intelligent and they become devoted to their owners. The Great Dane is actually quite a playful and clumsy dog, so they are quite clown-like in nature. Despite the dog’s naturally gentle nature, they do require at least basic obedience training and they especially need to be taught not to jump or lean or people, or to pull on their lead as they do not realise their own strength.
Caring for a Great Dane
The Great Dane is a relatively low maintenance dog, grooming wise, and all you need to do is to brush the coat regularly to remove dirt and loose hair. Bathing should only be done when necessary. One thing that you will have to do if your Great Dane has floppy ears is to regularly check and clean the ears. The Great Dane is quite a playful dog so you will need to give it plenty of exercise in order to keep it in god condition and to keep it clam and happy.
Due to the Great Dane being one of the giant dog breeds, they can suffer some problems associated with their size. heart problems, hip dysplasia and bloat are all problems that can affect the breed. However, buying your dog from a reputable registered breeder can reduce the risk of these problems occurring. the Great Dane will live for 10 years or so – more if you give them an excellent diet and plenty of loving care.
Who is the Great Dane Suited To?
The Great Dane is an excellent family pet as they love nothing more than being with their people. However, due to their size, you do need to supervise them near young children. Despite their size, they actually make excellent dogs for small spaces such as apartments if you can exercise them regularly.
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