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Great Dane Basics

Where Are Great Danes From?

Like all Mastiff breeds, the Great Dane’s origins are in Asia. The Great Dane is thought to be an 1800s cross-breed between the Irish Wolfhound or local greyhounds and the English Mastiff. In the 16th century, it became popular for European royalty to import these leggy dogs from England, where they were used as hunting dogs and in the royalty’s bedchambers, guarding them from assassins.

How Many Types of Great Danes Are There?

Apart from color variations, there is just one type of Great Dane.

Which Breeds Mix with Great Danes?

Labradane (Labrador + Great Dane)
Great Wolfhound (Great Dane + Irish Wolfhound)
American Bulldane (American Bulldog + Great Dane)
Boxdane (Boxer + Great Dane)

Great Dane Lifespan

Great Danes live about 6-10 years.

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Great Dane Size (Height & Weight)

Great Danes are giant dogs, most weighing 110-175 lbs and standing 30-36 inches tall.

Great Dane Appearance

What Colors Do Great Danes Come In?

Great Danes come in a variety of colors, including fawn and brindle, black, harlequin, mantle, and blue.

How Much Do Great Danes Shed?

Great Danes are moderate to heavy shedders.

Sheds a LittleSheds a Lot

Do You Need to Groom a Great Dane?

Apart from their aptitude for slobber, Great Danes do not take an enormous amount of grooming, as their coats are short and dense and easy to keep neat.


Great Dane Temperament, Personality & Training

How Much Do Great Danes Bark?

Great Danes are not “nuisance barkers.” They don’t frequently bark, but when they do, it’s a howl that packs a punch! However, as with any dog, they can be discouraged from barking with proper training and exercise.

QuietExtremely Vocal

Are Great Danes Good with Kids?

Known as the “Gentle Giant,” Great Danes are known to be wonderfully sweet with children, especially when socialized to them at a young age.As with any breed, it is recommended that your child is always supervised when interacting with your Great Dane to keep both the child and dog safe.

Needs Lot of SupervisionVery Tolerant

Are Great Danes Good Family Dogs?

Great Danes make a wonderful family companion. They are affectionate and gentle, and don’t require as much exercise as you might expect from a giant dog. They (obviously) take up a lot of room, so they’re not ideal for small apartment living, and they do slobber quite a bit, so stock up on towels!
Independent SpiritFamily Dog All the Way

Are Great Danes Good with Cats?

Great Danes do not exhibit a high prey drive, and as such they get along well with cats and other animals. Of course, each dog (and cat) has his own preferences and temperament, but you can feel fairly confident your Great Dane, if properly socialized to your cat and/or introduced at a young age, should get along just swell.
Likely to ChaseHey, New Pal!

Are Great Danes Easy to Train?

Training a Great Dane isn’t terribly difficult but it isvery necessary, otherwise this dog will feel free to live up to its moniker as the “world’s largest lapdog.” This is a breed that doesn’t know its own strength or size, and so must be taught to be physically deferential to his owners.

Great Dane Health

Do Great Danes Have a Lot of Health Problems?

Great Danes are generally healthy, though they do have a regrettably short lifespan, usually living around 8 years.

Prone to IssuesGenerally Healthy

What Diseases are Great Danes Prone To?

  • Hip and Elbow Dysplasia: Hip and elbow dysplasia are two of the most common skeletal diseases seen in dogs. They are similar diseases in which either the hip or elbow joint has grown abnormally or is misshapen. The abnormal shape prevents the joints and sockets from properly meeting one another, resulting in rubbing and grinding instead of sliding smoothly. Unlike in hip dysplasia, where the main problem is joint instability, the abnormalities seen in elbow dysplasia often result in pieces of bone and/or cartilage breaking loose and irritating the joint tissues. Over time, the rubbing from dysplasia can cause a variety of issues such as pain, lameness and secondary osteoarthritis. Surgery can be done to fix the joint if diagnosed before the onset of arthritis. If you are rescuing a Great Dane, have her checked out by a vet to see if she has or is prone to getting dysplasia so you know what she will be able to handle in terms of activities and exercise.
  • gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV):Also known as bloat, is the number one killer of Great Danes. Bloat is a sudden and life-threatening swelling of the abdomen. The swelling is caused by gas or air building up in the stomach and then twisting (torsion). Recognizing the symptoms of bloat is very important. If you see your dog throw up bile or hack without producing any vomit, pace, or if his stomach is visibly larger, get her to the vet immediately. Her abdomen will likely be tight and painful to the touch.
  • Heart Disorders: The Great Dane is nicknamed the “heartbreak breed” due to its high incidence of congenital heart defects which are to blame for their short average lifespan. Dilated cardiomyopathy is one of the leading heart issues in Great Danes.
  • Others: Slow metabolism, and bone cancer also affect the Great Dane.

Purchasing vs Adopting a Great Dane

How Much Does a Great Dane Cost?

You can adopt a Great Dane at a much lower cost than buying one from a breeder. The cost to adopt a Great Dane is around $300 in order to cover the expenses of caring for the dog before adoption. In contrast, buying Great Danes from breeders can be prohibitively expensive. Depending on their breeding, they usually cost anywhere from $1,000-$3,000.

Purchase from Breeder

Where Can I Adopt a Great Dane

The easiest way to adopt a Great Dane would be through a rescue that specializes in Great Danes. A great place to start would be by starting a breed search on The search will show you all the available Great Danes in your area.

Great Dane Shelters and Rescues

There are often many great Great Danes for adoption at local animal shelters or rescues. Click below to find a shelter or rescue in your area!

Looking for a Specific Shelter or Rescue?

For a comprehensive list of all shelters and rescues, including organizations that specifically focus on a Great Dane, try our search page. We have more than 17,000 organizations in our database with furry pals waiting for a new home!

Where Can I Find a Great Dane Breeder?

We recommend you rescue a Great Dane (or any dog) before you buy a puppy from a breeder. There are millions of homeless dogs across the country, many of which are purebred and who need homes. Adopting a Great Dane can be life changing — not only for the dog, but also the adopter.

If you’re not convinced and your intention is to buy a Great Dane from a breeder, it is safest to purchase a puppy from a reputable breeder. When working with a breeder verify that the breeder you’re purchasing from does genetic testing of their animals and be sure to verify the puppy’s health information. Also make sure that the breeder will take back any pets they sell if for any reason the pet cannot stay in their home, and that the breeder will commit to finding those pets a new home if needed.

Please understand that you may have to drive several hundred miles in order to find a reputable, safe, and dependable breeder to purchase your Great Dane and you’ll be paying $600 more on average. Imagine all the chew toys and dog sweaters you could get if you adopted a Great Dane instead!