What Are Good/bad Qualities to Great Danes?

My dad said that if we ever live in a house that allows pets and have enough money we can get 2 Great Danes…I was wondering what the ups and downs of Great Dane ownership are.

Here are the pros and cons of the Great Dane on this review of the breed.


11 Responses to “What Are Good/bad Qualities to Great Danes?”

  1. JoAnn S says:

    I love great danes but have never own one. They can be great couch potatoes but the only thing I don't like is that they have a short life. Their life span can be only up to 8 years. This is due to the fact that their heart is not big enough for their body.

    But I still might get one some day!!
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  2. Mokona says:

    Great danes are athletic dogs. if you don't run or play or exersize with Him/her enough, he/she will get bored.
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  3. Shano says:

    Good dogs. They aren't near as demanding as you would think. But they don't live but 7 or 8 years if your lucky enough to get one that isn't crippled by the time it 6.
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  4. Bravewolf says:

    Check out your national Great Dane club for more information. Danes, as has been mentioned, suffer from a drastically shorter life span than the average dog. They are also prone to hip dysplasia, eye problems, skin problems and bloat.

    Buy only from a breeder who tests their stock clear of hereditary problems like joint disorders and eye issues. Read up on GD health issues and educate yourself on what questions to ask the breeder about health and longevity.
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  5. BlueSapphire says:

    Danes are awesome, maybe get a cross bred, they even better.. Short life, yes that's hard, my friends died only a couple months back ages 5 from heart attack and another friends a year before aged 6 natural causes, scary. Mines 3 and I worry, he's crossed with bull arab so he's slightly shorter but stockier, he's awesome, best dog out. i'm not sure if it's the arab or dane but he's so loving and talkative, very talkative with a massive personality! He runs alot and very fast, loves swimming, kids, cats and other dogs.. awesome dogs.
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  6. Red Rover says:


    k anyway.

    In a nutshell:
    Good: Happy, Friendly, easy to train, energetic
    Bad: Die early, Really big, must be taught to respect it's boundries [dont jump when you're happy, etc], hip problems
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    i love danes!

  7. Ravenscrest says:

    You need to contact the Great Dane Club of America -start by looking up on their website- to decide on a breed of dog without knowing anything about them is not the best approach- research first to avoid making a BIG mistake. This is not the right place to research
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  8. ?Friends with Everyone? says:

    Here are the pros and cons of the Great Dane on this review of the breed.
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  9. Great Dane Lover says:

    It amazes me the lack of knowledge in many answers.
    A wellbred Dane from a responsible breeder has an average life span of 10 years which is the same as that for Labs. Goldens, Dobermans, GSD, etc..many live into their teens.
    They don't need a lot of exercise, most adults prefer the couch to running about. Just because it is a giant breed doesn't make it more prone to hip dysplasia, thyroid, etc…actually Labs, Goldens & GSD have a far great incident of HD then Danes do. They are no more prone to bloat then any other deep chested breed which includes Basset Hounds, Dachshunds, German Short haired Pointers among others. (actually any breed/mix can get bloat).
    As puppies they can be very destructive. They can destroy an entire couch in the same amount of time that a smaller breeder could do a chair leg. They do need training (as does any breed/mix).Some Danes drool others do not..in over 25 years I've never had one that drooled.They should never be fed puppy food of any kind not even large breed.
    A well bred Dane from a responsible breeder that has been properly socialized and trained is an absolute joy to own, one that is not properly socialized or trained or isn't well bred can be a nightmare botth in health and in temperament.
    I suggest if you are interested in Danes that you read the book The Great Dane, Model of Nobility by Jill Swedlow.
    I also suggest you go to the Great Dane Club of America site htpp://wwwgdca.org
    It also would be a good idea to join some Dane sites so you can learn what owning a Dane is really like and get the correct facts from experienced Dane owners as well as responsible breeders.

    There is so much more to know about Danes then can be written here.
    There is a lot of incorrect info in the link offered above..Danes do not suffer from seperation anxiety any more then any other breed might, they are not heavy shedders at all, they get along very well with other dogs and other animals (many Dane owners myself included have other animals in the household..I have 6 cats,a German Shorthair and also have Nigerian Dwarf goats, Ducks & horses..I have never had a problem with any Dane including my rescues that have been proeprly introduced and trained to accept others), they aren't any more stubborn then any other breed can be, they are very intelligent dogs, they are very trainable, but they are thinkers and won't do something just because. Any problems temperament or training wise is the fault of bad breeding and/or the lack of proper owner training & socialization.
    I've owned and shown Danes for over 25 years. I compete in conformation, obedience, rally, have a TDI certified therapy Dane, do parades, demos, meet & greet for cgc tests, all my Danes are AKC CGC.I currently have 3..a 5 1/2 year old fawn (spay), a 20 month old fawn (my show boy) and a 19 month old harlequin rescue (neutered) boy.
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    Dane owner for over 25 years

  10. soli808302 says:

    First, you never want to purchase two puppies at the same time. It's far better to get your first puppy or dog, raise and train it to the level you are satisfied with, then add the second. For more information on adding two dogs at the same time, please read "How To Raise A Puppy You Can Live With" by Rutherford and Neil, available on Amazon.

    Second, do your research first. You need to first make sure the breed is for you and then make sure you deal with only reputable, honest and established breeders. Resources to check out:

    If you have never been "up close and personal" with Danes, you should do that first. Contact your local Great Dane club or Great Dane rescue. They can be a wealth of information.

    Con's on Dane ownership include short life span, potential for certain health problems, cost (bigger = everything costs more) and they require a VERY high level of owner responsibility, time, and committment.

    Pro's are the wonderful temperament evident. (Stay away from any Danes that are shy, fearful or aggressive, that is NOT proper Dane temperament.)

    Good luck, and do your research.

    Daynakin Great Danes
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  11. Wolfgang says:

    Great Dane Pros
    Is a giant mastiff-type, but more elegant in build
    Has a sleek, easy-care coat that comes in a variety of colors
    Is usually easygoing and mild-mannered
    Needs only moderate exercise
    Looks imposing, so makes an effective deterrent, yet is usually non-aggressive with people

    Great Dane Cons
    A huge dog who takes up a lot of space in your house and car
    A heavy dog who wants to sit on your feet, lie on your lap, and lean his weight against your leg
    Rowdiness and exuberant jumping when young
    "Separation anxiety" (destructiveness) when left alone too much
    Aggression or fearfulness in some lines, or when not socialized enough
    Aggression toward other animals
    Strong-willed mind of his own, requiring a confident owner who can take charge
    Slobbering and drooling
    Gassiness (flatulence)
    Serious health problems and a short lifespan
    Legal liabilities (public perception, future breed bans, insurance problems, increased chance of lawsuits)
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