A Great Dane is commonly called the gentle giant of the dog world and rightly so. It has the perfect temperament to be a suitable . Due to their formidable size, it is safe to call them one of the world’s tallest dog breeds. In fact, the current record holder of the tallest dog in the world as per the Guinness World Record is held by Zeus, a Great Dane in the United States. Some even call them Apollo because of their presence in ancient Roman as depicted upon coins and scriptures.
Do not be alarmed by their demeanour and size. The tallest dog breed is also one of the most loving temperaments you will choose to share space with. Although, with great stature comes great costs; they are likely to knock down a objects in their way including the young humans and the frail-bodied. This issues is of course with no intent of the dog in doing so; being extremely attached to their immediate human pack, that is their families.History
The Great Dane is known to be first bred and recorded around the 16th Century in Europe, however scriptures of an almost identical dog have been revealed dating back to about 3,000 B.C. The most likely originators of this dog are known to be English Mastiff and Irish Wolfhound. Also known as 'German Mastiff', it is still quite a mystery where the name 'Great Dane' came to be. The Romans have a known affiliated culture where this dog was kept to ward off evil spirits.
This humungous dog was bred to hunt wild boar while being a companion dog. They were even used as war dogs because of their size and guarding instincts. However, the intensity and aggression was eventually bred out over the span of a century when the English Greyhound was added for a more mellow temperament. Germany named this monstrous but friendly beast as their National Dog in 1876.Unique Aspects
There are many giant-sized dog breeds today and in fact the Irish Wolfhound is their fiercest rival when it comes to height comparison. But what sets them apart from other giant dogs is their own perception! Most people will obviously not miss out their towering presence but what is much more evident is their puppy behaviour till about 3 years of age, when they start maturing as a dog.
When they are about 12 months of age, they are already almost bigger than a 5-year old human. During the entire time they are growing, they seem to be completely oblivious of their size and presence. Hence, knocking down anything and everything in the way is a common occurrence. What's more ironic is that they feel they are better lap dogs than the Chihuahuas and the French Bulldogs of the world. Many a times, their gesture of affection would be to sit on a humans lap.
Great Dane has been portrayed in various comics and movies as a loveable and docile pet. We bring to you some famous Great Danes that have been stars in movies and the celebrities that you share your giant with.
Marmaduke and Scooby Doo are lovable comic strips featuring Great Danes that are known for their clumsiness. These strips have been made into movies and the Great Danes have been the stars in these movies. This breed was also a part of the Original Disney movie The Ugly Dachshund. In addition to this there is Back to God’s Country and Head over Heels.
Celebrity Great Dane owners
Great Danes have been a part of the White House under the reign of Fraklin D. Roosevelt and have caught the fancy of various celebrities such as Greg Louganis, Tom Mix, Jim Carey and Mark Sennett. Closer home, this giant breed dog was owned by Amitabh Bachchan and was called Shanouk.
Grooming a Great Dane is not much of a task, their short hair coat do not need much effort in grooming. Even the baths required are not too often as it would not be easy to drag this giant pet of yours to the tub for a bath. The shedding for this short haired giant dog is not much but you will have to remember that they are larger dogs hence the surface area is more so you will see hair lying around everywhere in the house.
Your Great Dane will also require regular care to maintain its oral hygiene and clean its ears regularly to prevent infections. The easiest way is to brush it with a rubber hound mitt and a soft bristle on a weekly basis. One of the areas that require immediate care is your dog’s paws and nails. A split toenail or splinter can be serious concern in your pet. Just look at this in another way. If a small breed steps on a sharp object there will be prick in the paw that can be easily treated but because of its weight the Great Dane it will exert a larger pressure and that can result in a gush in the paw, which can pose a problem for it to walk. The nails should be trimmed regularly.
The Great Dane is a majestic, large breed but with its size comes an abundance of health issues. This is one of the prime reasons that this breed has a short life span of about seven to ten years. Though your pet might have a healthy life, here are a few problems that are most common to your Great Dane.
One of the most common problems in your Great Dane is that of bloat, in fact this is the number one killer for this breed. This commonly occurs in breeds where the stomach is not attached to the ribs; in this case the stomach distends and has a tendency to rotate. This can cut off the blood supply to the various other parts of the body, which further shuts down the digestion process. Such a situation leads to bloating. It is advisable to not exercise your dog for at least an hour after they have food.
In addition to this the other common problem your Apollo is prone to is hip dysplasia, which is an abnormal growth in the hip and needs surgery to correct. In addition to this common health problem they can easily get cell tumors.
There is a reason they are called Gentle Giants. Great Danes in general have a calm disposition. They are great family pets and affectionate with children, their size can at times knock down infants and toddlers by mistake, so you have to ensure that they have ample space to move around. They do not bark much so are perfect as pets. They are dependable and loyal.
Great Danes can be good watch dogs for their family but 100 years of breeding have taken off the aggression and prey drive from them effectively. They are good with strangers but you would have to train them as a puppy to not jump or lean on people as it can be a problem later. In fact these loveable dogs are considered couch potatoes. They will be happy to laze around the house but you have to remember that their large size needs regular exercise. They need as much possible leash-free exercise everyday to ensure optimal health.
Some people are apprehensive of this dog breed as pets because of their large size but they can be one of the most affectionate pets. The only hind sight is that they have a short life but the mild and even temperament makes those memorable for all Dane owners. Your Great Dane is a working dog and is an excellent guard and herding dog, if trained properly. They are intelligent and make exceptional police and rescue dogs. Their general habits of a working dog makes them protective against the families. In ancient times they were used to patrol the estates.Environment
We have stated it earlier and will say it again that Great Danes are the biggest lap dogs in the world and can be considered the perfect couch potatoes but this does not mean that they can be cramped in a small apartment space. You have to remember that these are large dogs. They can easily knock off things accidentally.
Your gentle giant has a large frame and need space to walk around. The best place for a Great Dane will be a house with a yard, where this handsome breed can run or at least stretch its limbs. You can keep them in an apartment but certain things have to be kept in mind at all times. They need regular exercise and take into consideration whether you will be able to bring her down from the apartment in case it is unwell. Great Danes are perfect partners when it comes to jog and bike rides and they are perfect companions for all your long walks.Training & Intelligence
Training your Great Dane is not difficult. They are an easy breed to train though you should start early. The basic obedience training is required early only as it becomes difficult at times when your puppy grows larger. These gentle giants need to be socialized early. This will ensure appropriate behavior in the company of other pets and children. They grow to be large size dogs and it is difficult to maintain control. They should be trained early to walk properly.
Great Danes are not difficult to house train, they are intelligent and toilet training them is not at all difficult. If you are an owner or an aspiring one, remember that they grow to be large in size and people in general can be a little scared of them. Just remember that whenever you go out ensure that they are on a leash. This will make the regular walks easy for you as well as your pet.
Great Danes in general are a healthy breed and even their breeding does not have many complications attached. The only thing you have to think about is giving the adorable puppies up for sale or adoption. An average male and female Great Dane attains sexual maturity anywhere between six to nine months of age. Though your pet is still very young to breed.
A dog takes around 18 months to reach his or her full height and structure. It is advisable to breed your dogs after at least two years of age. If you are a first timer at breeding then taking a vet's help is advisable. You just sit back and enjoy the company of eight to ten adorable little puppies, an average litter size of the breed. You can get more than one color in the same litter. The most common colors of Great Dane are blue, black, combination of black and white, harlequin, brindle and fawn.Puppies
Great Dane puppies are like any other puppy but when you bring this home just remember to socialize her regularly. It will ensure that your puppy does not grow to be aggressive later. If not socialized early there can be times that she can grow to be aggressive later in life and it can be a little intimidating size.
The other thing to keep in mind is to train your Great Dane from a young age as it can become a problem later because the large breed has to be trained to not jump on people. They have to be trained properly to ensure proper training. Other than this the happy go lucky puppy is sure to keep you busy. This energy bundle loves to exercise and be the perfect family dog, so let him indulge. Just have space within your house to ensure easy movement as he or she can easily knock down things.
This is a majestic large breed dog but the only con is that they have a short life. An average Great Dane lives for around seven to nine years. This athletic dog has a very deep chest with short strong back with slightly arched lions. They have a flat, narrow skull along with a broad and deep muzzle which is pronounced.
The legs of an adult Great Dane are straight and oval boned with hind legs that are long and powerful. This is accompanied with a long and tapering tail with a slight curve towards the end. This is carried in line with the back when the dog is moving. Great Danes have medium sized ears that are triangular, set high and it is folded forwards.
They are cropped as well then it stays erect and pointed. This is a usual practice in the US and Canada and usually done when they are three months of age. They have broad and large nostrils. In addition to this they have medium sized deep set eyes, which are mostly dark in color. The coat is short, thick and glossy. In addition to this the toes are well arched and set close together, the nails are dark.