He is nicknamed the Apollo of the canine breed, and quite rightly so since the Great Dane expresses both strength and elegance. This is one of the largest dogs of the Molossoid family who seduces with his harmonious and imposing body.
Characteristics of the Great Dane
He is also known as the Great Dane or the Great Dane. The Great Dane is recognized by its very imposing appearance. A male can measure up to 80 cm at the withers for a weight varying between 55 and 70 kg and a female up to 72 cm with an estimated weight between 45 and 65 kg. The record was held for a long time by Gibson, who died in 2009 in the United States and then by Zeus, who died in 2014 and measured up to 111.8 cm. This breed is best recognized by its elongated skull, floppy ears on the sides, dark and very expressive eyes, and high set tail. It has a short coat, usually harlequin, black, blue, brindle or fawn.
History of the Great Dane breed
There is a real controversy over the origins of the Great Dane. Is it from Germany or Denmark? The truth is that this breed is said to have originated in Germany, but was particularly popular in Denmark, hence the nickname the Great Dane. According to history, he would be a descendant of the Bullenbeisser and the Tibetan Hound. We use the term “Mastiff” to designate many breeds which are not systematically determined, but which are known for their power. The success of the Great Dane in Germany is due to Chancellor Bismarck. We will have to wait until 1880 for the breed to benefit from its standard.
Necessary living conditions and behavior of the Great Dane
Seeing its size, one can believe that the Great Dane can only evolve in large houses with a garden. Against all expectations, however, he can quite live in an apartment provided of course that it is not too cramped either. This breed has a reputation for being calm so it won’t cause too much trouble to its owners. On the other hand, it is crucial to ensure very regular outings for his well-being.
As for his character, the Great Dane is docile and intelligent. He does not express aggression if he is educated correctly. On the other hand, we will have to be patient with this mastiff because it tends to be stubborn.
Diet and main health problems of the Great Dane
The diet of the Great Dane must be carefully controlled during its first year and must be very rich in vitamins and minerals. Indeed, this dog is growing exponentially and its diet must adapt to it.
Regarding common diseases, this breed can be affected by stomach torsion problems as well as hip dysplasia. Excessive and above all too sudden efforts are therefore to be avoided. Likewise, when he takes his meals, the Great Dane should benefit from a certain calm to avoid possible digestive disorders.
Price of a Great Dane dog or puppy
- Great Dane male price: 1,500 €
- Great Dane female price: € 1,550