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Great Dane

General Description

The Great Dane, also known as the Apollo of dogs, is a giant breed. The Dane is German in origin, not Danish. Great Danes descend from mastiff-like dogs that were bred by German nobility to protect country estates and hunt wild boar.

General Health

False pregnancies are common.

Character and Temperament

Great Danes are considered gentle giants. They are moderately playful, affectionate and good with children. They will guard their home. Great Danes generally get along with other animals, particularly if raised with them, but some individuals in the breed can be aggressive with dogs they do not know.

Exercise

20-40 mins per day

Grooming

Low

Origin

The Dane is German in origin, not Danish. The breed is thought to have been around for more than 400 years. Great Danes descend from mastiff-like dogs that were bred by German nobility to protect country estates and hunt wild boar.

Stats

Average Dog Size

32

Average Dog Weight

100-120

Average Bitch Size

30

Average Bitch Weight

100-120

Average Litter Size

8-10

Average Life Expectancy

6-8


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