Great Dane

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Breed Group: Working
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The Great Dane, better known as a gentle giant is very sweet, affectionate, and playful. Due to his size, he should always be supervised around children, but is generally well mannered. This breed is commonly used as a watch or guard dog and does very well.
This is a very responsible and dependable breed, making him a great family pet. This breed should be extensively trained during puppyhood so they do not lean on people, especially children, or have any behavioral problems in the future.
His sheer size makes this breed very intimidating, however this dog is very gentle and loving. They can do well around other dogs, but should be socialized to prevent them becoming dog aggressive. The Great Dane is a very playful and loyal breed.
Combing and brushing the short coat of this breed regularly is acceptable for this giant breed. Rubber brushing also does well in removing any loose hair. Bathing a Great Dane can be difficult due to his size, but is a relatively clean dog.
The Great Dane has a very short and thick coat, which should retain a glossy appearance. A relatively clean dog, this breed doesn't require much coat maintenance.
The Great Dane requires a dominant handler and firm yet gentle training. Obedience training at an early age is best, as this breed can prove difficult to train fully-grown.
The Great Dane should have a large sized yard and plenty of exercise room. A very large breed, he requires very long walks regularly. This breed proves to be a good jogging companion and does well running alongside a bike.
100-120 lbs
Male: 30-32; Female: 28-30 inches
brindle, black-masked fawn, blue, black, harlequin (white with irregular black patches)
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Expected Budget: Buying vs. Owning in 2022

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How much do Great Dane puppies cost?

The cost to buy a Great Dane varies greatly and depends on many factors such as the breeders' location, reputation, litter size, lineage of the puppy, breed popularity (supply and demand), training, socialization efforts, breed lines and much more. Review how much Great Dane puppies for sale sell for below.

The current median price for all Great Danes sold is $1,470.00. This is the price you can expect to budget for a Great Dane with papers but without breeding rights nor show quality. Expect to pay less for a puppy without papers, however, we do not recommend buying a puppy without papers.

Looking for a dog with a superior lineage? Are you trying to determine how much a puppy with breeding rights and papers would cost? You should expect to pay a premium for a puppy with breeding rights or even for a puppy advertised as show quality with papers. You should budget anywhere from $2,800 upwards to $10,000 or even more for a Great Dane with top breed lines and a superior pedigree. The average cost for all Great Danes sold is $1,100.

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What can I expect to pay for a puppy?

Median Price: $1,470.00
Average Price: $1,100.00
Top Quality: $2,800.00 to $10,000.00

*Data sourced from the sale of 17231 Great Dane puppies across the United States on

Annual cost of owning a Great Dane puppy

Before buying a puppy it is important to understand the associated costs of owning a dog. The annual cost or "upkeep" is often overlooked when determining a Great Danes true ownership cost. When calculating your budget make sure you account for the price of food, vaccines, heartworm, deworming, flea control, vet bills, spay/neuter fees, grooming, dental care, food, training and supplies such as a collar, leash, crate, bed, bowls, bones, and toys. All of these items can add up quickly so make sure you estimate anywhere from $500 - $2,000 or more for the first year then about $500 - $1,000 or more every year thereafter to meet the annual financial obligations of your growing, loving dog.

Most Popular Great Dane Names for 2022

We've compiled the top 20 male and female names for 2017 after analyzing the sale of 17231 Great Dane dogs.
  • 1. Doggenwagner
  • 2. Blue
  • 3. Dane
  • 4. Duke
  • 5. Harley
  • 6. Thor
  • 7. Bella
  • 8. Zeus
  • 9. Angel
  • 10. Apollo
  • 11. Athena
  • 12. Daisy
  • 13. Olga
  • 14. Red
  • 15. Diamond
  • 16. Maggie
  • 17. Pink
  • 18. Samson
  • 19. Titan
  • 20. Tank

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Anonymous asked:
How many years can you get out of a top tier pedigree Great Dane? For example, the gross mean average on German Shepherds is a low = 7-10yrs........but my friend raises them feeds them lots of raw chicken legs and premium dry food no canned food can get 15-18yrs out of all his dogs 15 dogs he has owned. So do Great Dane dogs beat the gross mean ave of 7-10yrs? I've heard you can get between 10-13yrs if you really push diet and vet care.



The average life span of a Great Dane is 7 - 9 years. However, there are many factors in having a dog live a longer than average life. Pedigree, diet, exercise, proper vet care, and setting the dog up for success early in life are all factors that play into a dogs life span. Contacting a responsible, reputable, and knowledgeable breeder is your best first step. Ask them questions, ask what ages their dogs, their dogs dam and sire and grand-dam and grand-sire lived too. Ask them what they feed and why. Next go to your vet and talk to them about how to set your pup up right for a long life. This includes not spaying / neutering your dog too early, as they need those sexual hormones to grow properly. Lastly, it can be done. I have been lucky enough to have known two Great Danes that passed both at 13 years of age. With better breeding. better food, and better vet care, we can get this magnificent breed to live well into double digits.


Purebred is not well-bred but a well-bred Dane averages 10 to 12 yrs as good lines are bred for longevity. My last 5 Danes averaged 12 to 16 yrs respectively and my current Dane is a govt certified service dog and is age 7 and working strong and should retire around age 10 and live well beyond that.

Anonymous asked:
Can I breed a brindle to a Harliquin?



There is nothing stopping anyone from breeding a Harliquin Great Dane to a Brindle Great Dane. As long as both the dam and sire have had their medical tests and have passed and are both in good shape physically.


You can however it is not advised. Breeders go to great effort to maintain pure bloodlines to produce quality puppies. It’s a good rule of thumb that a breeder who makes no effort to breed to the standard is going to produce inferior puppies. Equaling a lot of medical bills for you.


There is no reason you can’t breed a harlequin and brindle as long as they are both healthy and not related.


As the first commenter above has said, breeders go through great efforts to maintain not just bloodlines but quality colors. You're free to do so but it's not to standard, and the puppies would probably not be able to compete on championships. It's up to you on what you decide to do.

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Can a Great Dane become a service dog? Ptsd and mobility?



Yes, the Great Dane has long been used as a Service Dog for Mobility as well as PTSD. They are an amazing breed of dog to help people in those areas. However, please note that because of the size of dog and their limited life-span; they are a hard breed to deal with as a Service Dog. Normally it takes a Service Dog until the age of 2 to be certified. With the Great Dane living an average of 6 - 8 years; and the requirements is that the dog should be retired at least a year before the average life-span is over, it means that one would only get 3 - 5 years of service with that dog. Compared to a Golden Retriever or Labrador getting an average of 7 - 9 years of service with that dog. There are breeders that do breed their Great Danes for Service Dogs and can be contacted through their websites.


I have to disagree about a danes avg life span. I have lovingly raised them for 25yrs and in my hands the life span is more like 9-11 yrs and they are productive ones.


The temperament and loyalty of a Great Dane would make a wonderful service dog.


Service Dog Project in Mass USA trains nothing but Great Dane service dogs for mobility PTSD etc... and my own personal Great Dane is a Govt of AB certified Heavy Mobility/PTSD/Resp service dog. He is currently age 7 yrs and working strong and should retire around age 10 yrs. As it takes 2 plus years to raise and train a service dog, and the wait lists for a good Dane are long with good breeders. I'm on the wait list for his prospective replacement now, giving me plenty of time to raise and train his replacement and get it govt certified as well before my current SD retires. Hoping to have new pup by end of this year early next year...

Anonymous asked:
If I have 4 neutered small dogs and 2 small spayed females which would be a better choice of Great Dane, male or female?



It would all depend on the breed of small dogs that you have as to whether a male or female would be best. However, please note that Great Danes are, huge. And even as puppies can accidentally knock over full grown adults. So if you plan on getting one and have very small dogs, please supervise all interactions as the puppy could accidentally injure one of your small dogs easily without meaning too. It is best to contact the breeder you plan on getting your puppy with and asking them to pick out a puppy for you that would work with the small dogs you have. If he/she is a responsible, reputable and knowledgeable breeding; he/she should be able to pick you a puppy without a problem.


Since they're pure breds, there are also dogs with the show dog personality and more of a family dog personality to keep in mind. In general, females are a little more independent and may sometimes seem like they don't want attention (though they won't be bothered by it). Males are constantly wanting to please and be given affection and praise. As with all animals, there are differences in personality, though. These are just generalities.


Males need to be fixed and they will often mark their territory. Boys are also more likely to chew on things and may show more aggressive behavior. If you like that-get a boy- if you don't-female


Neuter and spay early. For girls thats before they come into heat, for boys before they start lifting their leg to pee. If you do this, it will limit bad, unwanted behavior. Your vet can tell you when the earliest time wou k d be safe.


I find people tend to have personal preferences towards male or female. I, for instance, prefer male dogs. They seem to be easier to train and pamper for my personality type. I suggest that you go with the one who primarily turns out to be your favorite. I ask my puppy parents who have this similar dilemma to do the following exercise to help them decide. “Consider all of the pets you’ve had in your life. Out of your most favorite and easy to live with we’re they primarily male or female?” For most people it becomes obvious they notice a difference. For a rare few they really have no preference. In this case I say once you find a breeder and litter you are happy with go with the puppy you like best. After all the best sex for you may not be the best for someone else and since the dogs you have now are altered there should not be any issues between a new young puppy if the new puppy is raised with them. If your dogs you had were not altered then unaltered males usually get along better with fixed males and fixed or unaltered females. Females tend to get along with other females or males unless someone has aggression issues, heaven forbid, then restrict it to males or fixed females and maybe only altered males in rare cases, all of this as a general rule of thumb. It really is best if you (or the breeder) know the dog/puppy well enough to recognize the best candidates for a good puppy-parent match. This info has worked to help the individual determine the best way to know what will work best for their personal situation and I hope offers enough info to help one make their own educated decision. If someone insists that you select one or the other remember that just because it may work out well for them, it may not be the best option for you personally. Good luck!


For many years my wife and I lived in a residential area and my wife was not willing to have pets in small yard neighborhoods. Then, we bought 28 acres of wooded land in the country and she still said "NO" to a puppy. But, she was willing to go along with the purchase of TWO puppies. Even though we had plenty of land, we wanted house dogs. By chance, during a business trip I met a woman who was a specialist in the behavior of different dog breeds. When I told her we were looking for two house dogs she immediately suggested Great Danes to which I replied, "no way" because of their large size and long tails I felt it would be like releasing two unguided bulldozers in the house. She explained that Great Danes are best described as very elegant, short hair and little odor. We bought two Great Danes; brother and sister from the same litter. The male grew to 208 Lbs (all muscle) and the female 169 Lbs. The absolute best house dogs but not too great as lap dogs! The only down side is they do not live long - about eight years. we then acquired a "blue" female rescue dane that had helped populate a puppy mill and she had serious emotional issues. We loved her back to a better frame of mind and then she passed away. You don't have to live in the country to have a pet dane but you will need to increase your food budget!

Anonymous asked:
If I work from 0800 to 6pm, is a Great Dane right for me? I know he will have to be crate trained but is that to long to stay in a cage? Also I have a 4 year old daughter should I wait until she is older before I get a Great Dane?

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No dog, Great Dane or not, should be left alone for that amount of time every day. Even an adult dog will need to be let out and have some exercise. Your family sounds like a Great Dane would work; but you need to figure something else out for the day for your dog. Either have a dog sitting come in the afternoon to walk/pee and poop your dog; or have your dog go to doggy day care a couple times a week while you are working. Monday, Wednesday and Friday would work and then have yourself, or a dog sitter let your dog out for a walk/bathroom break on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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Updated: 7/2/2022