Let’s clear up two common misnomers about me. First, I’m not Danish – I’m German! I’ve been the national dog of Germany since 1876. Second, I’m not aggressive. In fact, I couldn’t be less aggressive if I tried. Yes I’m big, but I’m just a big softie – all I want to do is play. I’ve got some hound blood in me but I’m not entirely sure which type.
What do I look like?
I certainly stand out in a crowd, being one of the biggest and tallest of all dog breeds. Great Dane dogs come in a variety of colours but are typically found with a black muzzle. I’m as strong as an ox so I’ll take some handling. I’m prone to come running right at you if you let me loose in the park. Be warned, sometimes I don’t manoeuvre in time so you’re liable to end up on your backside. Best to laugh about it, everyone watching will be! My neck is long, I’ve got folded triangular shaped ears and my tail is quite long too.
What do I need from you?
I’ll warn you now: I don’t come cheap on the food front. I need lots of it. If you live in a one bedroomed apartment we’re probably going to be a bit too cosy – I need space and regular exercise. You might need good neighbours too – I can’t bark like the best of them and scale most fences up to about six feet.
What I will give in return
Let’s get the negative stuff out of the way first. I’ll be giving you some extreme flatulence and poo the size of cow pats. If you can cope with that then you’re in for a treat – I’m about as loyal as they come, patient with kids and other animals and I love anyone that can put up with me. And as for house burglars – they won’t be troubling you I promise!
How big will I get?
How big will I get? Did they seriously ask this question! I’m the George Foreman of the canine world. On average I’ll reach about 30in-32in (76cm-82cm) but the largest recorded Great Dane dog measures 44in. Wait for it, I’ll weigh anything from 120lbs (54kg) to double that amount. So if you value your back, don’t try lifting me!
How long should I be around for?
Sadly our lives tend to extend to between just 7 to 9 years on average.
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