ALL ABOUT™ GREAT DANES
Great Dane Puppy & Breed Information
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Great Danes evolved as a German Boar hound over 400 years ago. Probably descended from the old English Mastiff, he is muscular and powerful but with the speed, agility and hunting ability of the Irish Wolfhound. He is quite and naturally well mannered but when he barks, the timbre of his voice is definitely Great Dane!
Great Dane Coat, Color, Care: His short, smooth, easy-care coat comes in yellow gold, fawn, blue, black, brindle, and flashy black and white Harlequin pattern. He’s an impressive, stately sight in any color!
Great Dane Personality: Pulling equally from his mastiff and wolfhound ancestry, the Great Dane is calm mannered but spirited, patient with other dogs and excluding a hefty tail wag, good with children. He is always dependable and never timid or aggressive.
Exercise Requirements: Chasing a ball is beneath him but Danes thrive on regular outdoor exercise. A fenced yard will do but trotting by your bicycle will allow him to stretch those long strong legs and prevent nervous habits such as barking, chewing or licking and keep him mentally alert.
Health Concerns: Health Concerns: Hip and elbow dysplasia and luxating patellas (knees) are common with large, fast growing breeds like Great Danes but can be prevented or modified by diet and proper weight and exercise. Eye problems (entropion, ectropion, PRA) and other disorders are considered hereditary and puppies should be from cleared parents. Allergies, itching, or thyroid imbalance is most often the result of environmental factors, including medication side effects. A partially home-cooked diet free of preservatives, dyes, and chemicals, supplemented with vitamins and fish oils may prevent or correct such disorders.
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