Great Danes


(Working Group)

"Great Danes think they're Chihuahuas... Danes are really lap dogs.

"Burt believes Great Danes are a perfect match for people who live in apartments and condominiums. "They're couch potatoes and they don't require a lot of exercise," he says...

""These are house dogs, not yard dogs," says Tracy. "They have a single coat of hair with the insulation of a Chihuahua. They overheat in the sun. When exposed to too much, they [can] get skin cancer. They're also highly sensitive to the cold"" (Dale, Seve. "Burt Ward: Boy Wonder saves the Danes." Dog World, Sept. 2003).

"Because of its size, its requires lots of exercise to stay fit. Space and companionship are priorities for this breed!

"Despite its Americanized name, the Great Dane, or German Mastiff, actually originated in - you guessed it - Germany! Some date the breed's origin as far back as 2200 B.C. Initially the dog was used for guarding and for hunting the savage European wild boar. When it was eventually introduced as a show dog, it was listed under the name Siberian or Ulm Dog.

"The Great Dane loves a good, long walk. In addition, it gets very lonely when not included in family activities. If you are the athletic type, train your Dane to work-out with you. They are very athletic dogs, and do especially well with sports such as competition obedience, fly-ball, and tracking" (http://www.petcare.umn.edu/Dogs/breedinfo.cfm?BreedID=83).

"Potential problems: timidity, aggressiveness.

"Notes from the Trainer: I love this breed! Excquisite appearance, regal nobility...beautiful dog. Courageous, gentle giant. Most remarkable character... Easily trained. Eager to please. A very loyal family member. Unfortunately most people are deterred by their size..." (Digital Dog).


"Best known for playing Robin on the television series Batman, Burt Ward is happiest playing with--and saving--Great Danes.

"Great Danes think they're Chihuahuas.. Danes are really lap dogs...

"Burt believes Great Danes are a perfect match for people who live in apartments and condominiums. "They're couch potatoes, and they don't require a lot of exercise," he says...

""These are house dogs, not yard dogs," says Tracy. "They have a single coat of hair with the insulation of a Chichuahua. They overheat in the sun. When exposed too much, they [can] get skin cancer. They're also highly sensitive to the cold"" (Dale, Steve. "Burt Ward: Boy Wonder Saves the Danes." Dog World, Sep. 2003, 22-23_.


Links/Pictures:

Great Dane Club of America
Great Dane Rescue
Great Danes Online mailing list and info
Great Dane Rescue of North Texas


"Nicknamed the Apollo of Dogs, the Great Dane is arguably the most noble and majestic of breeds.. Great Danes show great dignity and discretion...

"An ancient breed.. found in Chinese literature dated 1121 BC.. appearing on Egyptian monuments dating back to 3000 BC.. Originally called Boar Hounds.. by the 16th century [called] English Dogges, a testament to that country's influence...

"Germany is generally credited with turning the Boar Hound into the modern Great Dane.. By the late 1800s the Great Dane had reached such popularity in Germany that it was declared Germany's national breed...

"..this is not the breed for everyone.. grow to be an enormous adult.. While all dogs will dig and chew, Great Danes do it bigger. They need a lot of personal time or they can be destructive...

"This is not a breed for folks on a budget.. A single pet Dane will cost to own what two large dogs, such as German Shepherds, would cost...

"People who are unable to set appropriate limits and exercise control over their dog are not good potential Dane owners...

"They do need to go out several times a day for a romp to release their energy...

Weight 110 to 175 pounds. Height 30+ inches.

"You can't put a Great Dane outside and expect it to run in circles and get sufficient exercise...

"Their innate sense of humor.. Great Danes excel at comedy.. They will make you laugh on a daily basis.. Harlequins often noted as the most clownish of the group...

"The dedicated Dane is not typically a one-person dog. A Dane chooses the entire family to love and be with, not just one person...

Medical problems can include bloat (bloat), hip dysplasia, orthopedic problems, Wobbler's syndrome, cardiomyopathy, hypothyroidism, eye problems, such as cataracts or entropion.." (Kim D.R. Dearth. "Great Dane." Dog World, May 2004: 26-35).


"Actresss Gretchen Wyler's decades-long love affair with Great Danes... "I thought the Dane was the perfect fit -- beauty, power, elegance, and grace"...

"Jayne Mansfield (voluptuous actress of the 1950s and 1960s) had a black Great Dane" (Steve Dale. "Actress and Dog Advocate Gretchen Wyler." Dog World, April 2004: 18-19).


Colby Glass, MLIS