Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization,
Worked with pet (didn’t own)
Training: Previous owner, I haven't learned care / training techniques, Attended conferences / shows, Friends
Texas, United States
Posted January 26, 2013
When I was young, a family member of mine owned several Great Danes. I also have had numerous experiences with the breed while volunteering at animal shelters and working as a kennel attendant at an animal hospital. The Great Dane is a beautiful breed that is basically an over-sized lap dog. All experiences I have had with the breed have been good.
Affectionate dogs that like to snuggle. My family's Great Danes would get on the couch and scoot their way into your lap like they were yorkies instead of 100 lb Danes.
Good with children big and small. (I've seen a Dane being crawled all over by small children not even care)
Active, playful, energetic dogs perfect for those with active lifestyles.
Good watchdogs/guard dogs. Very protective.
They come in lots of different coat colors.
Slobber. These are large dogs with large amounts of slobber to go with it.
Barking. Some find the barking to be excessive or annoying (they like to bark at small animals)
Bloat. This is a big health problem that is very common with dogs of this size. You must monitor how fast the dog eats and not allow them to run around after eating for at least 30 mins.
Probably not the best choice for cat owners. The dog may not mean to hurt the cat and just want to play, but some dogs of this size may be a little rough with small animals.
MUST HAVE TRAINING! These dogs are way too big to not have proper and early training from a dedicated owner. I have seen some very out of control Danes before whose owners failed to train early.
They are prone to hip dysplasia and arthritis (as are most dogs this size).
They are more expensive to own than smaller dogs. They eat a lot of food and it is always best to provide the dog with the best diet to prevent health problems. Vet procedures will also cost more due to size.
Overall the Great Dane is a beautiful large sized breed that is perfect for those with active lifestyles and those looking for family dogs. They are NOT for apartment homes and NEED lots of room to run. They are also not good dogs for owners who are looking for a lower maintenance/lower cost pet.