The first thing you notice when initially meeting a Great Dane is, obviously, its hulking size. Such mass, while very impressive, can also be a little intimidating. Certainly, first impressions are quite profound where the Great Dane is concerned, but there is much more to this dog than literally meets the eye. Without getting to know this dog of such large stature, one would be tempted to think that the “Great’ in its name is simply a description of its massive frame. That would be an unfortunate misunderstanding. The Great Dane, while large in stature, is also large in affection.
Historically, that apparently was not always the case. The Great Dane is a descendant of mastiff-type dogs, and was originally bred to be a hunter of wild boar. One would never know it today, as the aggression in the Great Dane was bred out of it over time, and today’s gentle version bears no significant resemblance to the “hunter” from days of old. Physically, in addition to its sheer size, the Great Dane has an elegant, muscular and athletic body, and a long and large head. While it does, admittedly, have a scary bark to go along with its size, and reportedly will not hesitate to defend its human family, this is where any semblance of ferocity in this graceful dog ends. is great post to read about how to travel with Great Dane
Great Dane owners everywhere describe their dog’s disposition in overwhelmingly glowing terms such as: loving, gentle (yes, with children too), affectionate, good-natured, playful with people of all ages, a great family pet, loyal, a “gentle giant.” It craves lots of attention, and loves to give people a nice nudge when seeking to be affectionately petted in return. In addition to people, the Great Dane is known to get along well with other dogs, and even other animal types. While not over-energetic, it loves to play with any member of the family that will lavish it with attention. Quite simply, the Great Dane is a breed of dog with a delightfully winning and gentle personality.Click here to read more information and characteristics of Great Dane
The only drawback to owning a Great Dane is that they find their way into one’s heart only to depart all too soon. Because of their large size, the Great Dane’s lifespan is an average of about eight years. Yet, ask any owner if it is worth having a Great Dane around, even if for a relatively short period of time, and they will answer with a resounding “yes.”