Dr Tracy Douglas
Your guide to this article today is by veterinarian Dr Tracy Douglas
Published 14:56 pm

The Great Dane has a history that goes as far back into time as with many other breeds of dogs. They are friendly, dependable, and the best examples of couch-potatoes. And, when it comes to adorability, Great Dane puppies will make you fall in love with them with their poorly coordinated movement, their adorable clumsiness, and their cute little puppy faces. If you are interested in getting yourself a Great Dane puppy, this article will provide you with all the important details that you need to know about this special breed of dog.

Three Gray Great Dane puppies

Great Dane Information

If you are looking to fill your house with the joy that Great Dane Puppies bring, then you have to take your time to go through some very important information about this breed of dog. Danes are originally from Germany, contrary to what their name suggests. Their history goes far back to at least three thousand years. At one point, this breed was known as Boar Hounds due to the fact they usually hunted down boars. Their popularity rose in the late 1600s and early 1700s as they were bred all over Europe. Their popularity seemed to have waned a bit after those years with the emergence of other ‘exotic’ dog breeds. But the Great Dames are making a come-back to worldwide popularity once again, and hopefully, warming their way right into your heart. This dog breed currently sits at the 24th rank on the American Kennel Club’s popularity ranking. Here are a few things you need to know about the Great Danes.

Great Dane Lifespan

On average, Great Danes have a lifespan of 7 to 10 years. Unfortunately, this is much less compared to other dog breeds. The only consolation you will have is that your dog will fill your world with fun, love, adorability, friendship, and loyalty for as long as it is alive with you. Also, whether or not your Great Dane puppy will live a long and healthy life depends on how well you treat it. This includes giving it a balanced diet, enough playtime and exercise, and frequent trips to the vet. And making sure that it is well protected.

Great Dane Size (Height and Weight)

When it comes to size, Great Danes have one unique nickname. They are known gentle giants, and this tells in how huge they can grow. Male Great Danes can grow as tall as 30 inches to 32 inches at shoulder-level. This is the average height. However, female Danes have an average height of 28 inches to 30 inches also at shoulder-level. Male Danes can weigh, on average, from 140 pounds to about 175 pounds. Again, the female Danes fall short by a few pounds. They can weigh from 110 pounds to 1140 pounds. This puts this breed in the category of large dog breeds. No wonder they are called gentle giants.

Great Dane puppies walking in the park

What to Look out for When Buying a Great Dane Puppy

There are a number of things to look out for when it comes to Great Dane puppies for sale.

When it comes to the personality of Great Danes, only one phrase comes to mind – gentle giant. Great Dane dogs are known to be sweet, gentle, and very good with children. And, do not let their huge size fool you as these dogs can be the perfect lap dogs if you have enough weight to handle them. Also, because of their well-mannered nature, this breed is very easy to train. However, you have to make sure that you begin their training at an early age.

How Much Do They Bark?

Great Danes do bark. But they are not noisemakers. Thus, they only bark when necessary. That is to say when they feel threatened or see a stranger they do not like. However, if any type of barking is a problem for you, there are several ways of training your dog to be less noisy. But do not expect to experience any form of unbearable noise from this breed of dog. Also, ensure that your dog receives early socialization to help control it in the presence of other dogs or strangers.

Are They Easy to Train?

As mentioned earlier, Great Danes are very gentle and good-natured. This makes them very easy to train as you do not need to prove yourself as the alpha dog to earn their attention. However, just like any other dog, ensure that you begin training your Great Dane puppy at an early age as it is much easier. This will help them grow into the habit as they grow older. Crate-training your puppy should require a lot of patience and the use of treats as encouragement. You can always hire the service of professional dog trainers to help you out. Then again, with a little patience, you should be able to train your Great Dane puppy in no time.

Are They Good With Cats?

Great Danes are good with cats but only with supervision. To ensure that you have no problem between your Great Dane puppy and your feline buddy, introduce the two at a very early age. As mentioned earlier, early socialization training will help your dog to live peacefully with your cat or any other cat for that matter. When properly trained and supervised, your Great Dane puppies should not give you any problem when sharing their home with cats.

Great Dane puppy

Great Dane Puppy Appearance

Great Danes belong to the category of large-size dog breeds. As mentioned earlier, they can grow as tall as 32 inches. The Great Dane puppy is also just a little bigger than the average size puppy. When a fully-grown Great Dane stands on its hind legs, it is easily taller than some adults. This majestic-looking dog has floppy ears that drop to cover the inner side of the ears. Compared to its size, it does not have very large eyes.

How Much Do Great Danes Shed?

Aside from making sure that it is well cared for and fed, the Great Dane does not fall within the category of a high-maintenance dog. This breed sheds regularly, but that is nothing that a good regular brushing cannot solve. When brushing your dog, always make sure that you brush in the direction of the flow of its haircoat. Use a soft dog-grade brush. Brush in a direction towards its belly to help you get rid of trapped dirt or bugs. Most Great Danes prefer a sedentary lifestyle at home. Thus, they do not require a lot of bathing. A maximum of one bath a month should be enough to keep them clean. That is unless there is a reason to give it a random bath. Always stick to dog-grade shampoo when bathing your dog as human shampoo can cause some serious irritation to its haircoat because of the presence of strong chemicals. Fortunately, there are several dog shampoos that do not require the use of water to rinse or a full bath. Thus, if your dog loathes water, you can opt for one of the no-rinse shampoo brands available. Also, make sure that its nails are trimmed only when they grow too long. Check the insides of its ears often for dirt and the buildup of wax. Clean only when necessary and only use a damp cloth.

What Colors Do They Come In?

Great Danes come in a variety of colors, although the most common oat color is the fawn. The Great Dane is one of the few breeds of dogs that come in a variety of exciting colors. Some of the colors are common, while others are rare. The different colors that Great Danes come in include glossy black, fawn (golden yellow in color with black muzzle), pure steel-blue with white areas on the chest, harlequin with patches of torn-like black, golden-yellow brindle with black stretches across the body in the pattern of a chevron, mantle with a black body and a white chest, muzzle, and neck. Other non-recognized haircoat colors and color patterns include merle. Merle appears as a gray hair coat with black spots. The fawnequin pattern is a combination of the fawn and the harlequin. There is also the rare white color with minor markings.

Do You Need to Groom a Great Dane Puppy?

Yes, you need to groom your Great Dane puppy. But not as often as you may groom an adult dog. First of all, full bathing is not needed until the puppy is old enough or until it gets itself in a greasy situation. In this case, as mentioned earlier, always use a dog-grade shampoo. If you can find a shampoo specially made for puppies, then that will be ideal. Expect to see its nails to start growing after a few weeks. Thus, keep your eyes on them and only trim them when they are too long. According to dog experts, you can also brush its body every other day. To do this, you have to use a natural bristle body brush. Regularly wipe its face with a damp washcloth. Do this before brushing its body. As mentioned earlier, inspect its ears regularly for the buildup of wax or dirt or a combination of both.

How Much Does a Great Dane Puppy Cost?

Acquiring a Great Dane puppy comes with different price tags depending on the breeder and the purpose of your purchase or adoption. But to be on the safer side, before you dash off to buy your Great Dane puppy, just make sure that you have at least $350 on you, and at most $3,000. That’s right. Depending on whether you are looking for a companion at home or a show dog, expect to pay as much as $3,000 or $600. If you are looking to adopt a Great Dane puppy, you should have at least 350 dollars. The cost will be slightly higher for young adult Great Danes. So, to be safe, just carry at least $350 with you, and at most $3,000. Some Great Danes are on record to have been sold for more than $3,000. But those are the rare cases.

Is a Great Dane Puppy Right for You?

Before you deep your hands into your pocket to pull out the cash, you need to ask yourself if a Great Dane Puppy is for you. As mentioned previously, these adorable puppies grow up to become majestically large dogs. Affectionately known as “gentle giants,” Great Danes are, well…gentle, well-natured, loyal, friendly, moderately playful, and loving. However, they have a tendency to be very aggressive when they feel threatened. Great Dane puppies are equally loving, but obviously more adorable than the grown-ups. If you have other dogs or pets at home, your Great Dane will get along fine with them when it is raised properly and trained to socialize at a young age. They are also very good with children, especially when they grow up together. Thus, if you are worried about the presence of kids at home, have no fears. Again, it is very important to train your puppy well from a young age. They are moderately playful, so you do not need to spend too much of your time with them. They do not crave a lot of attention. Just get them some toys when you are busy, and they’ll be fine by themselves. You can be sure that you will have a watchdog at home that will protect you and your kids if you have a Great Dane.

Great Dane Puppy lying

To Summarize

In summary, if you are looking for Great Dane puppies for sale, there are a few things you need to first know about them before you visit a breeder. We have made all the essential information available in this article to help make your decision-making process less difficult. The most important question to ask yourself after going through this article is if the Great Dane puppy is for you. If, after reading this article, you are convinced that you want a Great Dane dog, then you can be sure that you have made the right choice.

Dr Tracy Douglas
General Practice Veterinarian, currently working at the Glenwood Veterinary Clinic, Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Dr. Douglas began her veterinary career as a Veterinary Nurse in Highton Veterinary Clinic, Highton Victoria, and then as an Emergency Veterinarian in Uintah Pet Emergency, Colorado Springs, Colorado. Tracy is particularly interested in surgery, neurology and internal medicine, which gives her a well-rounded knowledge on animal health and well-being. She received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Melbourne, while her undergraduate bachelor of science is from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York.

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