Breed Guide: Great Dane

Posted on April 14, 2014 under Dog Breeds

Great DaneDr. Fiona is a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency

About the Great Dane

Height (to base of neck): female 28-32″, male 30-34″

Weight: female: 100-130 lbs, male: 120-200 lbs

Color: There are six accepted coat colors: fawn, brindle, blue, black, harlequin and mantle.

Origin: Germany

Coat: Short

Life Expectancy: 6-8 years

Energy level: Moderate

Exercise needs: Low to moderate

Is a Great Dane the Right Dog Breed for You?

The Great Dane truly is a gentle giant.  They possess a friendly nature and tend not to exhibit extreme aggressiveness or a high prey drive.  With proper training they can be an excellent family dog, but may become fearful towards strangers without proper socialization.  Their short coat requires little grooming.  They do best with daily moderate exercise as adults, and over-exercising is discouraged in young Danes due to their predisposition towards orthopedic problems.

5 Common Illnesses, Medical Conditions and Accidents for the Great Dane

According to the number of dog insurance claims Pets Best receives

Medical Issue  Average Claim Amount  Most Expensive Claim 
Laceration $359 $1,207
Ear Infection $184 $1,302
Lipoma (Fatty Tumor) $674 $5,190
Diarrhea $310 $3,488
Skin Allergies $663 $4,015

 

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