Size: Giant Height: Dogs minimum: 76 cm (30 in) Bitches minimum: 71 cm (28 in) Weight: Dogs minimum: 54 kg (120 lb). Bitches minimum: 46 kg (100 lb) Life Span: 10 years Grooming: Simple Exercise: Medium Feeding: Demanding Temperament: Dignified & kind Country of Origin: Germany AKC Group: Working Other Names: German Mastiff, Deutsche Dogge
General Appearance: Giant, calm and graceful. Colour: Blue, black, fawn, brindle or harlequin (white with torn black splashes). Coat: Glossy, short and thick. Tail: Set high, tapering and carried in a straight line level with back. Ears: Medium size, triangular, set high and folded forward. The ears may be cropped within some countries. Body: The body is deep and broad with well sprung ribs. The back is short and firm with a full croup. The shoulders are long and sloping and belly is arched.
Temperament: Intelligent, affectionate and gentle. These dogs are often referred to as 'gentle giants' and make excellent family companions. They get on well with people of all ages and other household pets. Great Danes are people orientated, sensitive, intuitive and slow to anger. They thrive on human company and make good watchdogs. These dogs do need training from a young age, as they grow into large dogs very quickly and need to learn not to pull on a lead.
Grooming: Little attention is needed for Great Danes coat. Using a rubber brush to remove dead and loose hairs during moulting is sufficient. These dogs need a soft bed to avoid pressure marks.