There are many interesting facts about the Great Dane. They are truly intelligent and majestic dogs with striking appearances. These 14 fun facts will definitely entertain any dog lover!
1. Great Danes are not Danish!
To answer the question “1. Great Danes are not Danish!” I need to explain what a Dane is first. A Dane, in this sense, is someone who comes from Denmark and has Danish ancestry. Great Danes are from Germany and have German, not Danish, heritage!
2. There are 7 official Great Dane colors
The colors of a Great Dane are black, blue, brindle, fawn (golden), harlequin, merle, and mantle. These are the only colors that have been accepted by the Great Dane Club of America. The merle color is controversial because it has both black and white spots, which are not accepted by other dog clubs, but are still recognized by the GDCA as an official color.
3. They are the national dog of Germany
The Great Dane is a giant breed of dog that was named the national dog of Germany in 1876. The German nobility were impressed by the Dane and what it could offer their homes.
4. They were originally used for boar hunting
Great Danes were originally used for boar hunting. They were designed to be ferocious hunters that could take down even the most aggressive wild boars. The name Great Dane comes from the German word, “Danegeld.” It means payment for a pig’s head because of their reputation as fierce and sometimes dangerous dogs. However, these days they are known as friendly and calm family pets who love nothing more than snuggling up next to you on the couch after a long day at work.
Breeders knew that these dogs would die out without the need for them, so they re-branded them as a calm family dogs with an obedient nature. This success led to their popularity increasing exponentially over time until today, where they are now known as one of the most popular breeds in America
5. Great Dane’s have massive paws
Great Dane’s have massive paws, which are perfect for running, jumping, and digging. They also have a long tail that acts as an extra limb when they need to grab something or defend themselves against an attacker. Great Dane’s are generally very friendly and gentle, but can also be stubborn or suspicious of strangers.
6. Their nicknames include “Apollo of dogs” and “Gentle Giant”
The breed is known for being large and imposing, yet gentle. Although they are regarded as gentle giants, their nickname “Apollo of dogs” comes from their untiring effort in hunting European wild boar; not only do these gigantic dogs have stamina but also intelligence and tenacity which make them perfect for this task.
7. Great Danes are very affectionate and loving dogs
Great Dane dogs are one of the most popular dog breeds in America. They are known for being patient, loyal, and protective while still being social with other animals. Every individual is unique, but they will let you know that they love you every moment by following them around seeking attention.
Great Danes are known to be gentle giants with a reputation for being excellent nanny dogs and guardians of the home. The breed’s loving temperament makes them ideal guard dogs for all types of families, and rightfully so!
8. They sleep 16 – 18 hours per day on average!
The Great Dane dog is known for its gigantic size, but this breed of dog also has the tendency to sleep quite a few hours. The Great Dane breed can be expected to sleep between 16 – 18 hours per day on average. They surely love their sleep.
9. Great Danes take 3 years to reach their full size
Great Danes take 3 years to reach their full size. They grow for the first two years and then stop growing in height, but continue to grow in weight until they are about three or four years old.
10. Great Danes weigh 1–2 pounds at birth.
The Great Dane is the tallest dog breed in the world. They are also one of the heaviest breeds, weighing 1-2 pounds at birth and 100 pounds when fully grown.
11. Great Danes are the official state dog of Pennsylvania
The Great Dane is a large, powerful dog with a white coat. It has been the official state dog of Pennsylvania since 1876. William Penn was an ardent admirer of the Danes and considered them to be noble and dignified dogs. Therefore, he had intended to have one presented to him when he visited Philadelphia in 1682. The Great Dane was designated as the state’s animal because it closely resembles Pennsylvania’s landscape, which is mostly rolling hills that are covered by farms or forests.
The Great Dane is the official state dog of Pennsylvania. They are also the most popular breed in West Virginia, which makes sense because it’s known for its hunting dogs and large canines.
12. They hold several world records
The Great Dane dog has a long and interesting history. They were originally used for hunting, and they have held the record of being the tallest living dog for nearly 200 years. The current Guinness world-record holder is 3 feet 4 inches tall! and stands at 104 centimeters.
The Great Dane is the tallest dog ever recorded and its height averages at around 44 inches. They also hold several world records, including the longest tail (34cm), heaviest (155 pounds), and smallest (30 pounds).
The world’s tallest dog was a Great Dane called Zeus, who measured 44 inches from paw to shoulder and 7 feet 4 inches in length on his hind paws.
13. Great Danes only live 7–10 years on average
The average lifespan of the Great Dane is about 7-10 years. However, they make up for it with their love and loyalty! The oldest Great Dane I was able to locate lived to the age of 15!
Great Danes have a long bone development period of 18 months, which means they are growing quickly. They stand between 28 and 32 inches tall as adults, but some can reach up to 36 inches!
14. The most famous Great Dane is a beloved cartoon character.
The Great Dane is the most popular dog breed in America and has been referenced by many different types of media. They are often seen as a strong, gentle giant but can be equally playful with their owners.
Scooby Doo is one of many animated characters who have been inspired by this breed, and the Harry Potter character Fang is based on the breed as well.
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