If you’re looking for a king-sized, super-jumbo dog breed you needn’t look further than the Great Dane. There’s only one breed that grows taller than the Great Dane, the Irish Wolfhound.
Walking around with this dog will raise question marks in almost every stranger. Kids might ask if he’s a horse, and if so, why he doesn’t have a saddle. You can actually let small children ride him if he is well trained.
The Great Dane, otherwise known as the “gentle giant”, is a calm breed, very playful and easy-going. He is aggressive only if poorly raised or when he feels threats. By virtue of his huge size he is already intimidating and he has a powerful bark that will deter intruders. He is a natural watchdog, always vigilent and very loyal.
How do Great Danes fare in an apartment?
They love to be around people, they need lots of interaction and socialization. As long as you provide that and sufficient exercise, he doesn’t care where he lives. Great Danes are rather inactive indoors and like to have a large yard, but they adapt alright even in small apartments.
You’ll often find your giant dog hugging the sofa dreaming of doggy heaven for hours at a time. He’s pleasant to live with and will not give you much trouble. He does eat quite a lot so you have to take care of that.
Time to put the Great Danes gentleness to the test
He has great strength, his tail alone can cause bruises if he somehow hits you. But he is so attentive and patient that he can live with a Chihuahua. In fact the little dog is safer in the company of a Great Dane instead of alone.
Is Great Dane training and socialization really important?
This breed is very large, heavier and bigger in size than most humans. Therefore it’s extremely important to train him from an early age. You should start as early as 3 months old. You can imagine what an out of control Great Dane can really do.
Let him meet lots of people, dogs, kids, other animals, hamsters, birds, turtles, sugar gliders, anything you can find. Showing him all kinds of animals and lots of people will teach him not to be afraid, but gentle and confident.
They respond well to training by correction and reinforcement. That means correcting the dog in a firm voice and reinforcing enthusiastically when he does what he should do.
Great Danes are fairly smart and have no bigger desire than to please their owners, thus they catch on to what you want pretty quickly. They are much easier to train than many other dog breeds.
Of course, they require a daily walk and some exercise on top of that to keep them happy. Training is great exercise for your dog. The breed is not high maintenance because of their smooth coat, easily groomed. You will need to keep their nails trimmed but other than that they don’t require very frequent bathing and are average shedders. The Great Dane is a great dog.