The Great Dane is a great, great big dog! These gentle giants are eager to please, easy to toilet train and love to be loved and needed. Graceful and athletic they are the tallest dogs in the world, so it’s important that they’re not short on space to stretch those lovely long legs. Though that said they’re usually not overly energetic and can make sweet and affectionate companions that are generally gentle with children.

Great Dane’s have been nick named the Apollo of Dogs in honour of the Greek God of the Sun, Apollo, and in many ways they do shine like the sun.  They have a peaceful disposition and provided you teach them good manners at an early age Dane’s will generally be well behaved. Of course they’re no scaredy cats and will happily defend their family if the need ever arises. So more fool the burglar that attempts to break into your house, they’ll more than meet their match.  It’s worth being aware that the Great Dane’s large size, athletic build and loud bark can make a lot of people nervous. So if you do decide on one of these big dogs, be mindful of the feeling of others and ensure he or she is well trained and contained as appropriate.

Big dogs, big problems

The Great Dane’s size can also present space related problems, i.e. if you’re the kind of person that likes a dog next to you on the couch then will you need to buy a new bigger couch? What’s more, even just a happy wag of a strong tail can lead to breakages around the house. It follows that Great Dane ownership doesn’t come cheap. There are obvious costs such as the size of your food bill, but there can also be a lot of other hidden costs that can creep up. Larger dogs need larger doses of medications for example, even your every day worming and flea treatments will cost more. Big jaws can also mean more damage to you home and contents, particularly in puppy stages when shoes and precious items can be chewed and destroyed in a flash.

It’s worth being aware also that the Great Dane’s great size also reduces their average lifespan quite significantly with an average age of around 8 being standard. It’s hard to lose a beloved K9 family member at any age but this just seems unfair.

Character associations: elegant, gentle, strong, people pleaser, funny, brave, loyal, protective, huge.

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