The tallest dog ever recorded was a Great Dane named Zeus. Standing 111.8 centimeters (44 inches!) tall, Zeus was recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records before passing away in 2018.
The Great Dane is often called the “Apollo of dogs,” after the Greek god of the sun, which is the brightest fixture in the sky. Great Danes are gentle giants whose imposing appearance contradicts their sweet, friendly, loving nature. They are known for craving physical affection from their owners, nudging them with their big heads to be petted. Some even think they are lapdogs!
Country of Origin
Male 30-32 In
Female 28-30 In
Male 140-175 Ib
Female 110-140 Ib
In a Nutshell
Great Danes are incredibly eager to please, making them easy to train, and they love to play with kids with whom they are gentle. They are excellent house dogs but need a lot of indoor space to move around. Their tails may sweep your coffee table clean; remember, they can easily reach the kitchen counter. They need exercise but not a huge yard – although they’d enjoy one. If you have a yard, don’t fret, they’re not big on jumping, so a 6-foot fence should keep them in.
If you’re worried they’ll eat you out of your salary, they don’t eat that much considering their size. Two things to consider, because of their size, they have relatively short life spans, so they will take up massive space in your heart, but sadly, not for too long. Secondly, although they’re a pure breed, you can find them in rescues and shelters, so adopt, don’t buy!
Life With a Great Dane
Amount of Shedding
Tendency of Barking
Couldn’t care less
Apartment will do
Looks & Personality
The Great Dane is a short-haired dog with a regal presence, elegant bearing, and considerable strength. The breed has a well-formed, powerful, and smoothly muscled body. Never seeming to stumble or appear clumsy, Great Danes move with a powerful, galloping gait.
Great Danes generally get along with other dogs, non-canine pets, and familiar people. In fact, these are loving animals that are not aggressive and do not have a high prey drive. However, like any dog, they can become fearful or aggressive towards strangers and new environments if they are not properly socialized during their puppy years.
The bottom line? Great Danes want to be where the family is, enjoy time spent people and children, and tend to happily welcome visitors. Keep in mind that they may strike a protective posture if they think you’re being threatened. Their scary, powerful bark is often enough to scare away a would-be threat.
A tip from a vet
A tip from a trainer
What about your Great Dane?
Did You Know
Animation designer Iwao Takamoto based the famous cartoon character Scooby-Doo on a Great Dane. His design was derived from sketches given to him by a Hanna-Barbera employee who bred Danes and then tried to make Scooby the opposite of a breed standard specimen.
Just Nuisance is the only dog who has ever officially been enlisted in the UK’s Royal Navy, “fighting” during World War II. The pup was mainly enlisted to boost morale for troops, but he left a lasting legacy. A statue of Just Nuisance stands in his native Simon’s Town, a suburb of Cape Town, South Africa.
Great danes tend to follow their noses- they were bred to hunt boar, and if they get a scent, they’ll want to follow it.
In The News
Famous Great Dane Owners
The History Behind the Breed
Great Danes descend from hunting dogs bred in the Middle Ages to guard German aristocrats and hunt game like deer and wild boar. The ferocity needed to track down such a large, cunning animal was ultimately bred out of the Dane over the years. Today, the dog has a gentle soul, loves humans, and mostly gets along well with other animals and dogs.
If a Great Dane Could Talk…
A Quick Anatomy Lesson
Great Danes are generally healthy, however, as with all breeds, they are prone to a number of specific health conditions. It’s always important to familiarize yourself with potential health problems you should watch out for.
Common Health Problems
What about your Great Dane?
Why Get Pet Insurance For Your Great Dane?
Great Danes have large floppy ears, a big blocky head, a deep chest, long limbs, and a long tail. These physical characteristics may make them prone to certain medical conditions like ear infections, wobbler syndrome, dilated cardiomyopathy, bloat, hip dysplasia, and happy tail syndrome. Pet insurance for your Great Dane can help protect you from the financial burden of unexpected medical expenses.
Your Great Dane has a 1 in 3 chance of requiring emergency treatment in any given year. In fact, every pet will statistically suffer 6 significant health episodes in their lifetime. Each incident costs an average of $1,100+. Animalia pet insurance reimburses up to 90% of your vet bills as the unexpected is…well, expected.
Unfortunately, pet parents are often faced with difficult decisions of choosing to treat their dog and pay for an expensive vet bill, not getting the dog help because the costs are too high. In extreme cases, pet parents even decide to euthanize their best friend because they can’t afford treatment. This is a situation we’ve heard of too many times, and it breaks our hearts that parents are faced with it. That’s why we recommend pet insurance, so when your dog is hurt and needs medical attention, your bank account isn’t the deciding factor.
Frequently Asked Questions About Great Dane Pet Insurance
How long do Great Danes live?
For such big dogs, Great Danes sure get the short end of the stick when it comes to longevity. Great Danes live between 8-to-10 years, with some living only 6 or 7 years, and a lucky few reaching the ripe old age of 12.
What are Great Dane’s most common health problems and are they covered by pet insurance?
Great Danes are prone to quite a few health conditions that can shorten their lifespan: Gastric torsion, hip dysplasia, cardiomyopathy, tricuspid valve disease and cancer. These conditions can be expensive to treat. With Animalia, there’s no such thing as basic coverage. Our all-in-one coverage is the crème de la crème; the pick of the litter. We only offer premium coverage because that’s what real Great Danes need. Animalia pet insurance will cover your Great Dane from 8 weeks old up to the age of 15 years with one simple plan. Head-to-tail coverage.
Can I visit any vet after enrolling my Great Dane in pet insurance?
Sure, you can visit any licensed vet, emergency clinic or specialist in the U.S. There’s no network of providers to worry about.