My wife and I are dog lovers; right after we got married, we decided to get a dog. We ended up welcoming a Great Dane to our family. We did a lot of research about the breed before we committed to it.
I want to share with you 3 elements of this wonderful breed:
The origin of the breed seems to be mostly German. Great Danes used to be hunting dogs, when they were in the woods hunting boars mostly, the prey will bite the dog’s ears, to avoid that situation, they decided to crop the ears. And that’s the Great Dane figure that we all recognize.
Types of Great Danes
There are different types of Great Danes:
Harlequin: Mostly white with black patches
Mantle: Black with usually a white chest.
Blue Merle: similar to the Harlequin, they have black patches. However, the coat is mostly dark gray
Blue: Dark Gray
Fawn: Yellow Gold with a Black mask on the face
Brindle: Fawn ad black in a chevron stripe pattern
Black: Glossy Black
Care of the Great Dane:
Great Danes require a lot of attention, especially when they are puppies. You need Raised Bowls to feed them and also for them to drink water. The first two years of a Dane are very critical, in my opinion. During the first two years, the dog is growing, and food is a crucial component of it. They have a very sensitive tummy they don’t do well with cheap dry food. We make our dog rest after they eat for at least 30 mins to avoid bloat.
I walk my dogs every day for at least 1 mile, and they are the best accountability partners to get an excellent exercise first thing in the morning.
They don’t require a lot of space at home, and they want to be with you all the time. They are great with kids, we have a 2-year-old and a 5-year-old daughter and our 2 Danes have been excellent with our daughters. Training is a critical component on any large breed. We professionally trained our dogs with two different trainers, and all that time and effort paid off. Great Danes love to lean, and if you are not prepared, they can knock you down. The larger the breed, the shorter the lifespan of the dog.
The average lifespan of a Great Dane is 8-10 years. However, we’ve met Danes that have gone past this average up to 13 years. We are fortunate to say that our Girl is 8 1/2 years old and still very strong and our boy is seven years old.
These dogs grow a lot and could potentially be heavier than you. Our boy weighs 170lbs and our girl weighs 157lbs. We decided to feed our Danes raw. We did a lot of research before we switched them and they have been in a raw diet for six years now – they love it, and we love it as well.
How about you? We would love to hear your dog stories! Share it in the comments.