The Great Dane, also known as the Deutsche Dogge, is a huge dog whose power is one of the most important features it possesses. It has straight legs and a long neck. Its head is in a special form that has a narrow shape, which makes this intelligent animal dramatically striking. With its dark and round eyes, it has the capability to control its environment even in the darkest moments of the night. The great dane’s ears can be seen in two entirely different states, naturally long and floppy, or cropped. Cropping, although unnecessary, can be performed by a veterinarian in the first six months of your puppy’s life.
A Great dane may have a coat in very different colours, namely, black, blue, fawn and brindle, which are rarely found in the ancestors of the dog family. In addition, blue danes can have lighter eyes which contribute to the dog’s speciality. Its height and weight can change according to the type and age of the dog. For instance, a full grown male dog is 30-34 inches in height where an adult female is at most 32 inches tall. There are also taller dogs but they can be considered as the members of the minority.
Having discussed the physical aspects of great dane, we can now turn our attention to psychological features. First, the great dane is kind and playful, especially towards children. This dog has been known to be a great protector. Perhaps this is why so many people use great danes as watchdogs. Not only is the dane alert, but it’s size frightens potential intruders and anyone wishing to do harm.
Your great dane does not require any ‘out of the ordinary’ special maintenance. But you should pay close attention to your dane’s diet. A proper routine diet is essential to your pets overall physical and mental health. Why is this dog’s diet so important? The great dane is prone to heart disease, tail problems, and bloat. It’s short life, which averages approximately eight years, can be cut short by any of these medical problems–which are often related to poor dietary habits. Regular veterinarian check-ups are recommended, to decrease the chances of any serious illness.
The great dane is generally a happy dog. It can be content snuggling, playing, walking, or receiving mental stimulation. This is a very intelligent breed of dog that thrives on challenges and rewards. If you start training your great dane as a puppy, you not only have a well-trained pet; you’ll have an obedient companion for years to come.