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Great Danes: What You Need to Know About Them


Great Dane Sociability

Great Danes are alert and vigilant breeds and make great guard dogs. They're very affectionate towards their family and enjoy cuddling with the people they love. Danes generally like being accompanied with other dogs, but not all of them get along. Supervise your Great Dane when introducing him to another pet or person. These dogs usually do well when meeting new people (and animals), but some may be more aggressive than others. They're great with children, especially if there's more than one. Danes are protective of their owners and family and are eager to please them. Usually if you introduce them to a new person, they wag their tail and greet them with kisses. However, some Great Danes are less open to strangers than the rest, so make sure to supervise your dog when showing them a new person. Like most other dog breeds, you'll want to socialize your Great Dane early and expose them to family members that they'll be living with or seeing frequently. This is so that later on you won't have to be worried about your Dane being scared or aggressive towards "new people". If you already have other pets and are bringing a Great Dane home, slowly introduce them until both pets are used to each other. Some animals naturally get along with other animals, but you should take precautions. If you can, raise both animals together so they know each other from the start. Overall, Great Danes are affectionate, protective, alert, and should be socialized as early as possible.

Are Great Danes Hypoallergenic? (Shedding, Drooling, and Dander Information)

Sadly, Danes are not hypoallergenic dog breeds. They drool quite a bit, but there are a few ways to help reduce the amount of drool. Firstly, you can put a cloth such as a bandana around your dog's neck. This can help absorb drool. You can also try giving him some chew toys and dental chews, but just keep in mind that when dogs drool, they drool. Great Danes do shed, but luckily, they are single coated and are fairly easy to groom. They will shed more in spring. You can regularly brush your Dane to reduce the amount of shedding. Great Danes also have quite a lot of dander due to their large size. Vacuum your carpet, clean your furniture, and wash your curtains to help remove/reduce the amount of dander. You can also get an air purifier to filter out dog hair and dander.


Bathing a Great Dane

Depending on if your Dane has been rolling around in mud puddles, you should bathe him every couple weeks, especially if you notice him being extra stinky. Don't use human shampoo. If you use human shampoo on your dog, his skin can become flaky and dry. Use a dog shampoo and lather it up on your Great Dane's body. Afterwards, rinse it out of his fur thoroughly and make sure to not get it in his eyes, as this can cause damage or irritation. If any soap goes into your dog's eyes, immediately wash it out with fresh water. If your dog does not allow you to do this, contact your vet. Remember that giving your dog a bath too often can lead to dry and irritated skin.

The Average Weight and Height of a Great Dane


90-130 pounds

120-200 pounds

28-32 inches

30-34 inches

Training a Great Dane

Great Danes may be intelligent, but given their giant size, they could be a bit difficult to train. Danes need confident owners that can be firm and take control when necessary. Puppy training classes or obedience classes are definitely helpful when it comes to training large breeds such as the Great Dane. There are many training methods that you can try for your Dane and you should use the one that your dog responds to best. I would definitely recommend using positive reinforcement training. This is the most effective training method that I have encountered in all my study of dog training, and positive reinforcement is how I trained my dog. I am not a professional dog trainer, however I believe that positive reinforcement is the best way to train your dog rather than punishing your dog for bad behavior (positive reinforcement training is just rewarding good behavior or when your dog correctly performs a trick). You may say "no" or "bad" when your dog misbehaves to express that it's not okay to display that type of behavior, but screaming at your dog is not how to train your pet. Sometimes dogs, including Great Danes, can do some really bad things that can make us angry, but remember to not take it out on the dog and that it's just trying to please you.

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Are Great Danes Safe With Kids?

Great Danes, also referred to as "gentle giants", are very loving and adore children. Despite their size, their intelligence, patience, and affection make them almost perfect for kids. Some dog breeds think children are annoying, but not Danes! They especially like if there's more than one kid to look after; just the more fun! If your kid happens to stub their toe, bruise their knee, etc., I guarantee that your Great Dane will come to the rescue with plenty of kisses! These are extremely caring and understanding dogs that never seem to run out of love. Some Danes may be territorial or aggressive, but if you raise your pup properly, care for him properly, and train him properly, you'll have the perfect best friend for your kid. They're gentle, respectful, and lovey-dovey breeds that will be more than happy to have the company of a kid or two; no matter if it's a four year old or a twelve year old!

Great Danes are Friendly Yet Protective

Great Dane Coat Colors

The official seven coat colors of Great Danes are black, merle, mantle, harlequin, brindle, blue, and fawn. There are also a few other coat colors that are considered unofficial, such as fawnequin (basically a mix of fawn and harlequin) and white.

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