The Great Dane is called “gentle giants” by the pet lovers because of their large size. They are also an interesting breed of dogs, which possess some characteristics that are not shared by other dogs. Here are things you may not have known about Great Danes.
1. Mysterious History
Historians have mixed theories on the origins of the Great Dane, but one thing is known for certain: this large breed dog — once named the Large Danish Hunting Hound —began making its presence known during the late 1700s. By the early 1900s, the breed, then known as the Grand Danois (“Big Danish”)— it had at least six different takes on its names over the years — was translated from French to English as the “Great Dane.”
2. Despite their daunting size, Danes are highly affectionate and social.
These pups love love. They need lots of affection and socialization with people and other animals, making them great family pets.
The Great Dane is extraordinarily gentle and gets along well with children. They’re even known to befriend cats.
4. The Great Danes grow incredibly fast.
When Great Danes are born, they weigh only one or two pounds. In just half a year, they can weigh as much as 100 pounds. The dogs can continue to mature and grow until they’re 2 or 3 years old.
5. The Great Dane is one of the few breeds with such a wide variety of coat colors. They can be one of the nine or a mixture of the nine: Fawn, brindle (black and fawn in a chevron pattern), blue (deep steely gray), black, black and white, white, harlequin, merle (mottled or kaleidoscope-like patches of color), and mantle (predominantly black with white muzzle, neck, chest, paws and tip of tail).
The Great Danes also have very short hair of the coat; therefore, brushing is quite easy.
6. Great Danes are an extremely sensitive breed of dogs. They do not behave well without the close contact with their owner. Living outside in a doghouse can destroy a Great Dane; make him depressed, mentally unstable, and even aggressive.