One of the most distinctive dog breeds is the Great Dane. It is one of the largest dogs and is commands attention not just because of its huge size but also for its demeanor and bearing. A well-fed and well-bred Great Dane has a composure that is hard to ignore, its physical attributes are also quite impressive. Because of its intimidating size, people have formed assumptions about this particular dog breed that are quite unfounded and untrue. Great Danes are great pets and here are some facts about the Great Dane you should know about.
1. Great Danes are not voracious eaters
Because of their great size, the common belief is that Great Danes go through dog food like vacuum cleaners. In fact, only two to three cups of dog food a day is what they need. In fact, their intake of protein should be monitored especially when they’re still puppies because this breed grows incredibly fast and the addition of too much protein in their diet could damage their bones and joints.
2. Great Danes have an unbelievable growth rate
You’ve seen how large Great Danes get. What’s amazing is that in the span of one year, that small puppy will grow up to the dog that can look a 6 foot tall man in the eye when he stands on his hind legs. Even more amazing is that when they undergo their growth spurts you’ll notice that they’ve gotten bigger after just one night.
3. Great Danes do well in apartments
With such a big size you’d think that Great Danes are only good for people who own big houses and lots of backyard space. But this is not true at all. Great Danes also thrive well in an apartment. They are not a high energy breed and will only need the usual daily exercise to keep them healthy. A thirty minute walk everyday will be sufficient. Owners can complement the walk with a little run at the dog park or any secured outdoor area. A game of fetch is also a good exercise.
4. Great Danes love people
They may look like behemoths but Great Danes are a sensitive breed and thus needs constant close contact with his family. That’s why you shouldn’t allow your pet Great Dane to live in a cage outside your house. Caging them is bad because it can result in mental instability and aggressiveness.
5. Great Danes are gentle giants
After their frolicky puppy period and that period of clumsiness that is the result of their unprecedented growth, Great Danes are wonderfully tame and calm animals. They can coexist with other pets including cats and they are even wonderful with children (however, they’re not one of the best family dogs). In fact, Great Danes are often employed as therapy dogs. Of course, this shouldn’t mean that you’ll leave little Timmy alone with your Great Dane, especially children who are very young.
6. Great Danes can become aggressive
They may be gentle creatures but they do have an aggressive streak, which is a result of their being originally bred as a hunting animal. Poorly bred Danes are the most likely to show this kind of behavior so choose your pet wisely.