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At first look a Great Dane is quite intimidating through his massive stature, but in reality it is one of the most charming and affectionate pet.
The Great Dane is one of the world’s tallest dog breeds. Males, on average, stand from 32″ to 36″ at the shoulder and females typically stand 28″ to 33″ tall at the shoulder. Their incredible dimensions drew upon them nicknames such as the “Apollo of dogs”, or “King of dogs’’. Thanks to his calm and affectionate personality that comes as a surprise next to his stature, the dog is also referred to as the ’’Giant gentle’’.
Unfortunately, the Great Dane has a shorter life span than do many other breeds. The average life span ranges from 8 to 10 years.
The modern Great Dane was initially developed in Germanyas dog of war and hunting large game. The breed derives from Mastiff type dogsbut is more refined than other descendants of this ancient breed. In the fourteenth century the Germans began to actively use these athletic dogs to wild hogs. The breed became popular with English hunters and was originally known as the German Boarhound. In the year 1880 the German government officially decreed that the breed should only be called the Deutsche Dogge (German Mastiff) within the country.
If you have good financial possibilities, the Great Dane is the best-natured dogs around. Being extremely large dogs, the gentle giants obviously eat a lot and only high quality food. Males typically consume 7 to 10 cups of food daily and females 6 to 8 cups.
The Great Dane is a wonderful presence. He loves people, is patient with children and very loyal. Although he does not bark much he is a very good watchdog. When the circumstances require, he can become aggressive. It is said that a burglar can enter a house, but have no chance to leave it if a Great Dane keeps guard.
The Great Dane is very intelligent and curious. He is very sensitive to the intonation of the voice: harsh words don’t go easy for him. Often it is enough to friendly request the dog what you want.
For those who love this dog breed, it is important to know that the gentle giant appreciates a comfortable, warm resting location indoors which means he isn’t suitable for a kennel life. However, he does need quite a lot of exercise, but when he gets sufficient he’ll be quiet indoors.
Source: dogs.bsl-sbt.com, terrificpets.com