1. Great Danes are the tallest dogs in the world. A Great Dane male can reach 32 inches at his shoulder and weigh in at a staggering 175 pounds. Females are smaller at 30 inches and 140 lbs. Both males and women can tower over others when they stand on the hind legs. Great Danes, despite their large size, are graceful and can even be considered regal in their disposition and gait.
2. Despite their daunting size, Danes are highly affectionate and social. These dogs love to be loved. These dogs need to be loved and socialized with other animals and people. They make great family pets. Danes have a sweet, gentle and patient temperament that makes them great with children. However, like all dogs, they shouldn't be left alone with children under the age of three. They should also be taught to behave responsibly with children.
3. Daily exercise is a must for this big breed. Although you won't have to run a marathon every day with your Great Danes, they will still need exercise. It should take two brisk, moderately long walks to do the trick. However, puppies are more energetic and should be exercised accordingly. Great Danes can be happy running companions as adults. However, it is important to wait until Great Danes turn two years old before they start running. Running too soon can cause bone damage.
4. Great Danes tend to follow their noses. These dogs were originally bred to hunt boar. If they smell it, they will follow it. Walking should be done on a leash at all times, both at home and in the yard.
5. Proper training is essential with Great Danes. It is important for large and powerful dogs to be well socialized. Danes are friendly and willing to please so training is easy. However, be aware of the occasional stubborn streak. Good socialization is a key part of the dog's early years.
6. These outsize athletes love dog sports. Great Danes are strong and intelligent working dogs that can compete in many dog sports including Obedience, Tracking (weight pulls), Agility, Obedience, Tracking, Flyball, and Weight Pulls.
7. Big breeds have big needs. A Great Dane is more expensive to care for than a small dog. They can also cause damage to your house and car, as well as incurring higher-than average medical costs. Be aware that bringing a Great Dane into the family will not be cheap.
8. Great Danes have a relatively low life expectancy. These gentle giants live 7 to 10 years, although they will fill those years with many lifetimes of love.