• Join our Facebook Page!
  • Follow us on Twitter!
  • Subscribe to our YouTube channel!
  • Subscribe to the Wiki-Pet.com RSS feed
  • |

208 Breeds, 422 Health Conditions  |  Find a Vet

Wiki Pet - health, breeds, pets, friends!

Suggested Friends

Amanda McdonaldElyse HejnyLisa FioreNathan Levine

Meet fellow pet fans & make new friends!

Great Dane


Great Dane Facts

  • Group
  • Working
  • Affiliations
  • Height
  • 28" - 32+"
  • Weight
  • 100-180 lbs.
  • Lifespan
  • 10 years | Add yours

    Login or Join to contribute

  • Exercise Requirement
  • Moderate - This breed enjoys typical daily activity
  • Training Requirement
  • Average Training Time
  • Grooming Requirement
  • Easy
  • Colors
    • Fawn
    • Blue
    • Brindle
    • Black
  • Breed Characteristics
    • Can be trained as a watch dog or guard dog
    • Can be trained for defense
    • Good with children
    • Hunting heritage
    • Should sleep indoors

True Cost Of Ownership

Alternate Names

Apollo of Dogs, Deutsche Dogge


Despite the fact that these dogs are called Danes in English, they have nothing to do with Denmark. The Great Dane was developed in Germany.

Date Of Origin

It is widely believed that the Great Dane originated in the 1800's.


Most believe that the Great Dane originated in the 1800's, however it is believed that we can trace their origins back to 36 b.c where there is an image of a dog very similar to today's Great Dane incised on Greek money. Historians now claim that there are drawings of dogs that resemble the Great Dane on Egyptian monuments from roughly 3000 B.C. The earliest written description of a dog resembling the breed can be found in Chinese literature of 1121 B.C. The breed traces its origins back to the massive Alaunt, mentioned by Chaucer in the 1200's. These dogs were used by the Alans, an Asiatic people, to invade German Gaul and part of Italy and Spain in 407 A.D. The dogs were admired and a selective breeding program began by crossing them with the Irish greyhound. This produced the Great Dane we know today.
The Great Dane is the official dog of Germany and also of Pennsylvania, USA.


The Great Dane is a very large, muscular and squarely built dog with a big, rectangular head and drop ears that can be cropped erect or left natural drop. The dogs dark eyes are almond shaped and its tail is long and tapered. The breeds short, smooth coat is fawn, blue black, harlequin, brindle, or a mantle pattern ( black with a white collar and chest, a white muzzle, and white on all or part of its legs).


This is a friendly and playful dog that is extremely good natured and affectionate.


In its long history, the Great Dane has been a battle dog, a hunting dog, a cart dog, a watch dog, and a body guard. Today it is still used as a watchdog but due to its beauty and good nature, it is sought after, above all, as a decorative companion.

Health Concerns

Bloat, hip dysplasia, osteosarcoma, wobbler syndrome

Additional Information

This dog requires a fenced yard, training and socialization. Be sure to teach your puppy young so that when it is full grown you have a solid command over your dog.

Show Sources & Contributors +


The New Encyclopedia of the Dog

Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing, 2000

Website: http://www.dk.com

Author: Bruce Fogle

Simon & Schusters Guide to Dogs

Publisher: Simon & Schuster inc, 1980

Website: http://www.simonandschuster.com

Author: Elizabeth Meriwether Schuler

Dog Bible

Publisher: BowTie Press, 2005

Website: http://www.bowtiepress.com/bowtie/

Authors: Kristin Meuh-Roe, Jarelle S. Stein

The Howell Book Of Dogs

Publisher: Wiley Publishing Inc, 2007

Website: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/

Author: Liz Palika

0 Comments For "Great Dane"