Best family
Best guard
Kid friendly
Best watch
Easy to train
Low shedding
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Great Dane

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Breed Information
Popularity (2015) #15
Name Great Dane
Other names Dane, Gentle Giant, Deutsche Dogge, German Mastiff
Origin Germany
Breed Group Working (AKC:1887)Guardian Dogs (UKC)
Size Giant
Type Purebred
Life span 6-8 years
Temperament FriendlyConfidentDevotedIntelligentGentleLovingReserved
Height Male: 30-34 inches (76-86 cm)Female: 28-32 inches (71-81 cm)
Weight Male: 120-200 pounds (54-90 kg)Female: 100-130 pounds (45-59 kg)
Colors BlackBlack & WhiteBlueBrindleFawnHarlequinMantleMerleWhite
Litter Size 10-15 puppies
Puppy Price Average $800 - $1200 USD
Breed Characteristics
Adaptability 3 stars
Apartment Friendly 5 stars
Barking Tendencies 2 starsOccassional
Cat Friendly 3 stars
Child Friendly 4 starsGood with Kids: This is a suitable dog breed for kids. It is also shy toward other pets and very friendly toward strangers.
Dog Friendly 3 stars
Exercise Needs 2 stars
Grooming 1 starsLow Maintenance: Grooming is only necessary once in a while to maintain upkeep. No trimming or stripping needed.
Health Issues 4 starsHypoallergenic: No
Intelligence 4 starsRanking: #48
Playfulness 2 stars
Shedding Level 3 starsModerate Shedding: Expect this dog to shed regularly. Be prepared to vacuum often. Brushing will reduce shedding as well as make the coat softer and cleaner.
Stranger Friendly 3 stars
Trainability 3 starsModerately Easy Training: Training won't require too much attention and effort, though it won't be easier than other breeds. Expect results to come gradually.
Watchdog Ability 5 starsGreat Watchdog Ability: This dog will bark and alert its owners when an intruder is present. It is moderately protective of its owners and are generally considered to be good guardians.
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Puppy Names
Rank Male Female
01 Charlie Daisy
02 Duke Nala
03 Bear Lexi
04 Jack Lulu
05 Buddy Zoey
06 Jax Pepper
07 Oliver Roxy
08 Milo Gracie
09 Bandit Sasha
10 Jackson Ruby

This regal breed combines great size and power with elegance. It is square-proportioned and well-balanced. Its gait is strong and powerful with long, easy strides. These attributes are necessary in a dog required to overtake and then over-power relatively swift but formidable quarry. Its coat is short, thick and glossy. The Great Dane is most noteworthy for its majestic carriage and appearance — the "Apollo of Dogs."

The Great Dane is gentle, loving, easygoing and sensitive. It is generally good with children (although its friendly overtures may overwhelm a small child) and usually friendly toward other dogs and pets. It is powerful but sensitive and responsive to training. It makes a pleasant, well-mannered family companion.

The Great Dane (also known as the ‘German Mastiff’ or ‘Granddanois’, affectionately called the ‘Gentle Giant’ or just ‘Dane’) is among the world’s tallest breeds. Germany lays claim to this breed’s origin. Originally bred to chase wild boar, Great Danes became popular estate dogs due to their speed, strength, fearlessness, and graceful appearance, eventually rising to worldwide prominence. The world’s tallest dog is the 42-inch tall Great Dane named ‘Gibson’—unless fictional Great Danes are included, in which case comic strip character ‘Marmaduke’ and his hilarious size-related antics take the cake. The Jetsons' dog ‘Astro’ is also a Great Dane.
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