Great Dane dog breed in a field
There’s no doubt that the Great Dane is one of the largest dog breeds. He stands about 28 to 32 inches or more at the shoulder and can weigh anywhere from 110 to 190 pounds. But don’t let his size intimidate you — this pup is typically a gentle giant with a big heart. Get to know the Great Dane a little better and see if he might be the right dog for you.

They’re often laid-back.

Typically calm, cool and collected, the Great Dane can be happy sharing the couch with you and watching TV. As for exercise, he can be content with one 10- or 20-minute walk a day. In fact, his relaxed nature can actually make him suitable for apartment living if he’s been well trained and socialized.

They’re usually good with kids.

The Great Dane is typically a good dog for families — he tends to be loving and can enjoy being around children. He just needs to learn how to be gentle around them and may be better suited for a family with older kids. One good swing of a wagging tail could knock a toddler over.

They can be protective.

He may generally be gentle by nature, but the Great Dane can be protective of his family if the situation calls for it. That tendency can make him a good watchdog.

They come in a variety of colors.

The Great Dane’s short, thick, smooth coat can come in brindle, fawn, blue, black harlequin (white with black patches) and mantle (black and white with a solid black “blanket” over the body). While he does shed, he’s usually easy to groom.

Though they might prefer to relax, they’re no strangers to work.

The Great Dane is a Working dog originally designed to hunt boar, and at the time, he was just as ferocious as his adversary. Later, he was often used to guard estates.

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