Acquired: Pet store
Posted March 12, 2015
Let's start with the good - they are incredibly loyal, quick to learn any training, great with small children and animals alike, absolutely loving and surprisingly gentle for their size.
Now onto the bad (of which there are few) - they need a LOT of exercise. This may not be a bad thing depending on who you are, but as someone who works quite a lot, I found this difficult. My Great Dane in particular needed about two hours daily, but I got around this by walking for three quarters of an hour to a park, letting him run around for a while as I threw sticks and balls, and then walking back. They do also eat a lot - as you would expect for dogs of their size - so be prepared to buy a lot of food for them. Just make sure you don't rely too heavily on the treats, because they can be prone to obesity.
Finally: the ugly - Great Danes tend to have no sense of how massive they are. Mine once broke a metal garden chair by taking a running leap onto it, seemingly not realising that he was the size of a small mountain. (Okay, that was a slight exaggeration - but you get my point).
Overall, these dogs are as loveable as they are large, and they are very good babysitters, caring for babies as if they were their own pups. They are also rather intimidating to burglars, barking at them from inside the house, but are kind to strangers when they meet them. Good thing the burglars don't know that.