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Meet the breed: Great Dane

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Great Dane

Choosing to add a furry friend to your growing household is a long-term commitment, and picking a breed that fits your lifestyle presents the key to a happy home. With over 160 American Kennel Club-recognized breeds, that decision can seem overwhelming. We're here to help you meet the breed that's right for you. If you're looking for a gentle four-legged giant to add to your pack, find out everything you need to know about the Great Dane.


  • Good with kids
  • Easy grooming
  • Pleasant temperament
  • Guard dog abilities
  • Environmentally adaptable


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Bred to hunt large prey and to guard and protect estates, the Great Dane's intimidating size fits the bill of its original purpose, but don't expect this breed to live up to that purpose today. This sweet and noble beast will do a great job of intimidating trespassers but if an intruder breaks in during nap time, the Great Dane may just opt to keep snoozing. A couch potato in every sense of the word, the Great Dane has been called the world's biggest lap dog. Easy to groom and easy to train, this breed is as laid-back as they come.

Great Dane

Is this breed right for you?

As one of the tallest and largest breeds in the world, it's plain to see the Great Dane needs ample space to stretch its legs; however, due to its calm and lazy disposition, this breed can adapt to smaller dwellings. By nature, this is an athletic breed and daily exercise is required to keep the Great Dane in tip-top health. Great Danes love to be around people and do very well with families of all ages and sizes. Owners with very young children will want to make sure training and socialization is implemented early on as this extra-large breed could be a hazard to small children if not properly trained. This breed is prone to a short lifespan and may suffer from bloat. Owners should be prepared for potential health hazards and vet visits.

Great Dane

A dream day in the life of a Great Dane

Watching a television show marathon on a cloudy Sunday afternoon would make this giant a happy camper. To make the day even better, a nap on your lap would complete a perfect day. This breed does have an athletic built and needs daily exercise. Although he would prefer the couch or bed, he'll be a healthier pooch with daily walks, meaning more time and more years to spend lounging around with you.

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