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Great Dane
Photographer: Lilly M

Great Dane
Photographer: Lilly M

UK KC Classification Working
Country of Origin Germany
Date of Origin Middle Ages/1800s
Height 71 - 76 cm (28 - 30 inches)
Weight 46 - 54 Kgs (100 - 120 lbs)
Life Expectancy 10 Yrs

Main Characteristics

Great Danes are powerful and have a strong but elegant build. Their coat is short, dense and sleek and is coloured black, blue, fawn, brindle or harlequin (white base with black or blue markings).


Great Danes are kind, friendly and outgoing dogs.


If you are considering a Great Dane as a pet, consider the following points:
They are usually ok with children
They are suitable for urban living
They do not require a lot of grooming
They require a moderate amount of exercise
They usually get on well with other dogs
They are content to live and sleep outdoors

Interesting Facts

Great Danes are also known as:
Deutsche Dogge ("German Dog")
Granddanois (in Danish)
German Mastiff

Common Nicknames for Great Danes include:
Gentle Giant

Great Danes are the national dog of Germany.


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