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Understanding and Training a Great Dane

Great Dane

Usually mild mannered and easy going, the Great Dane can also be quite spirited. Due to the enormous size, full obedience is required to manage the power behind even the slightest of enthusiasm. A willing learner best matched with an equally willed handler. Train with calm praise and encouragement - the use of harsh methods will likely result in a skittish, untrusting dog; therefore, exercise patience and remain as alert as the student.

The Great Dane is known to have remarkable tolerance towards children. Regardless, clumsy toddlers and clumsy giant dogs are still a dangerous combination, therefore strong obedience and leadership skills are necessary to help nurture the gentler side of the breed.

Remember that the Great Dane shares its bloodlines from both the Mastiff and Greyhound. Know that a fast & agile dog is buried in the large body - Exercise with care & thoughtful companionship (most especially Danes under the age of two, as their bones are still developing and inappropriate strain may cause ailments such as arthritis in later life).

Breed Profile

Breed Name: Great Dane

Domestic Dog Group:

Brief Description:

  • General Size: 100 - 120 lbs (45 - 55 kg); 76 - 81 cm
  • General Temperament: Gentle, yet Alert & Lively
  • General Description: A strong-willed, yet patient and alert owner is a perfect companion for this gentle, yet spirited breed.

Breed’s Key Traits

  High Med-High Medium Med-Low Low
Requires Experience     x    
Good Family Dog     x    
Exercise Required     x    
Activity Indoors       x  
Ease of Training     x    
Sociability with Strangers     x    
Grooming Requirements       x  


Brief History

An ancient breed, the Great Dane was developed in Germany to hunt large game. Although also known as the German Mastiff, the Great Dane is believed to have inherited its grace and agility with bloodlines from the Greyhound.


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