Great Danes were bred as boar-hunting dogs in the 1800s in Europe. Despite their name, they're not Danish but German. They're often called the 'Apollo of dogs'.
Male Great Danes can reach up to 32 inches at the shoulder and weigh a massive 175 pounds. Despite their size, they're known for their elegant and regal disposition.
Great Danes are highly affectionate and social. They need lots of love and socialization, making them great family pets. They're gentle, patient, and great with kids.
Great Danes need daily activity. Two brisk walks should suffice. As adults, they can be jogging companions, but running should be avoided until they're at least two years old.
With their size and power, proper training is essential for Great Danes. They're mostly friendly and eager to please, making training a pleasure despite occasional stubbornness.
Great Danes love dog sports. As strong, intelligent working dogs, they excel in Agility, Obedience, Tracking, weight pulls, and Flyball. They're wonderful competitors.
Great Danes have big needs. They cost more to feed and incur higher medical fees. They also have a relatively low life expectancy of seven to ten years.