Great Dane

Everything you need to know about Great Danes

Life Expectancytypically 10+ years
SheddingShort length with moderate shedding

Great Danes are typically energetic dogs. They are very large and tall with a deep chest and big floppy ears. Great Danes can be a variety of colours and patterns including black, blue, fawn, brindle and mantle. There’s lots of doggy behaviour that comes naturally to all breeds of dog, including Great Danes, from digging and chasing to searching and retrieving. 

Thinking about giving a Great Dane a forever home? Here are some Great Dane facts that might help you decide.  

Caring for Great Danes 

Every dog is different with their own personality and needs. Here are some areas to think about when taking care of a Great Dane.  

How much exercise does a Great Dane need? 

Great Danes are high-energy dogs who need lots of exercise to keep them physically and mentally healthy. They'll need daily walks, plus plenty of time and opportunity to explore, burn energy, and play.  Like all ...

How much food does a Great Dane need? 

The amount of food a Great Dane needs depends on their:    

  • age  
  • size  
  • activity levels  
  • fitness  
  • weight.   

You can use the...

An infographic showing the key indicators of healthy body condition for a dog

How much grooming does a Great Dane need? 

Great Danes have short fur so should only need brushing once a week. However, at certain times of year, they may shed more, and therefore require more frequent brushing.  

To help your dog feel comfort...

What size crate do you need for a Great Dane?

When inside their crate, your dog should have plenty of space to: 

  • sit and stand up at their full height 
  • turn around without touching the sides 
  • lie down fully stretched out&...

Health issues 

Before you give any dog a home, it’s important to know about possible health issues. Not every dog will suffer them but it’s good to be prepared.   

To find out more about potential health issues for Great ...

Great Dane behaviour and training  

Even if you think you know about Great Danes, it’s important to remember that every dog has their own personality.  

Are Great Danes easy to train? 

You can teach any breed of dog new tricks! It’s all about positive learning. Find out what your dog loves so you can use this to reward them after a success. Whether it’s small food treats, toys or lots of praise, tra...

What’s the temperament of a Great Dane? 

Just like you, every dog is an individual with their own unique personality and prior experiences. So, every Great Dane temperament is different.  As dogs grow from puppies, they learn all about the world. They develo...

Are Great Danes good with children? 

Every dog has their own unique personality that has been shaped by their own experiences of the world. They’ll have their own likes and dislikes and will respond to situations in different ways. However, there are som...

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