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Breed Spotlights

Great Dane

by MetLife Pet Insurance
6 years ago

Life Expectancy: 7 -10 years
Dog Breed Group: Working Dogs
Weight: 100 – 200 lbs.
Height: 26 – 34 inches

Where Does the Great Dane Rank?

See where this beloved breed ranks in comparison to other breeds in 7 key categories.


10 out of 10 rankingThe Great Dane is known to be a very easy-to-train breed.

Shedding Friendliness

The Great Dane does shed quite extensively.

Ease of Grooming

8 out of 10 rankingEven though the Great Dane does shed quite a bit, he is not difficult to groom and simply requires a daily brushing with a stiff brush.


9 out of 10 rankingGreat Danes are prone to many health risks like bloat, hip dysplasia, bone cancer, allergies, skin growths and more.

Exercise Needs

Your Great Dane will need a minimum of 30-60 minutes of activity per day to remain behavior-free. This could be playing a game of fetch or going for a walk.

Good with Children

10 out of 10 rankingThe Great Dane is very good with children and quickly becomes part of the family.

Barking Restraint

9 out of 10 rankingBarking is not generally a problem with this breed.


What You Need to Know About Great Dane Dogs


The Great Dane was originally bred to hunt wild boar; however, the ferocity associated with his hunting behavior has diminished completely throughout the years. He is known to be the ‘gentle giant’. He loves to play and is extremely good with children. He isn’t vocal to indicate an intruder; however, he would use all of his strength to protect his family.

He is extremely eager to please his family and is very family-oriented. He is very demanding of attention and tends to nudge those he wants attention from. When you are sitting on the couch, he will even come up and be your lapdog as you watch television.


Great Danes due to the eager-to-please personality, respond very well to obedience training. They are also well-known for being easy to housetrain.


The Great Dane sheds quite a bit but is easy to maintain via regular brushing. Using a firm brush will help in grooming your Great Dane.

Health Problems

Bloat – Bloat is the most common deadly illness found in Great Danes. Bloat is a life-threatening condition which needs to be examined by a veterinarian immediately. Bloat may occur if your dog eats too quickly or drinks large amounts of water at a time.

Hip Dysplasia (as found in many large dog breeds)

Cardiomyopathy – A deadly heart disease. It is common in Great Danes that both chambers of the heart are enlarged and one chamber is more severely affected than the other.

Allergies – Great Danes often have skin allergies. You will be able to notice irritation if they often have itchy skin.

Osteosarcoma – also known as bone cancer. Bone cancer can be found in all dog breeds, but it’s most common in large dog breeds. The cancer is extremely aggressive and is known to spread rapidly.

Top 10 Most Common Health Issues for Great Dane

  1. Bloat
  2. Cardiomyopathy – heart disease
  3. Hip Dysplasia
  4. Wobbler syndrome – serious neck vertebral disease
  5. Osteosarcoma – bone cancer
  6. Allergies – skin irritation
  7. Cataracts
  8. Skin growths – non-tumorous growths regularly occur
  9. Epilepsy – seizures
  10. von Willebrands Disease – blood clotting

Nothing in this article should be construed as financial, legal or veterinary advice. Please consult your own advisors for questions relating to your and your pet’s specific circumstances.

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