The Danes tower on most dogs, as long as 32 at the shoulder – and when standing on their hind legs, they are taller for most people. These powerful luminaries are a picture of elegance and balance, in which there is a smooth and easy progress of the nobles born. The coat comes in different colors and patterns, perhaps the black-and-white patchwork pattern known as the “”Harlequin””.
Despite her sweet nature, Danes is on the alert for homeguards. Just the sight of these gentle giants is usually enough to make intruders think twice. But they do foolish enough to mistake the friendliness of the breed for a fool who will meet a powerful foe of true courage and spirit. Patient with children, Danes are people who make friends easily.
No one is sure how or why a German breed was associated with Denmark. (In Germany they are known as Deutsche Dog or “German Dog”). We know that at one time, German nobles used dens to hunt ferocious wild boars. Later, Danes became famous as a protector of his home and loved ones, a job he is still happy to perform.
The Great Dane combines great size and a powerful, streamlined, smoothly muscular body with its regal presence, dignity, power and elegance. It is one of the giant working breeds, but is unique in that its general composition should be so well balanced that it never looks clunky and moves with long reach and powerful drive. It is always a unit- Apollo of dogs. A great Dane should be enthusiastic, courageous, never timid; Always friendly and trustworthy. This physical and mental combination is a feature that gives the Great Dane no other breed. This is particularly true of this breed that dogs have the impression of great masculinity, as compared to the impression of femininity in a bitch. The type of true Dane breed, as defined in this standard, is the most serious defect.
The gestation period in lasts for 60-64 days The primary period of the reproductive cycle of the female is called Proestrus and goes on for around 9 days. During this time the females begin to draw in males. The subsequent part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive to the male. It goes on for around 3 to 11 days. The third part is the Diestrus. Usually, it happens around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for distinctive red and reaching its end. The vulva gets back to average, and she will no longer allow mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time span between heat periods ordinarily keeps going around a half year. The litter size ranges between 6 to 8 puppies at a time
The Great Dane’s short, smooth coat does not shed much for most of the year, but given the size of the dog, it can still cut hair to a great extent. Weekly brushing with a medium-bristle brush, rubber grooming mitt or tool or hound glove will help to keep it to a minimum. During the shedding season once or twice a year, however, hair loss will be more abundant with the daily brushing ideal. Great dens only require an occasional bath, unless they mess something up. As with all breeds, Great Dane nails should be trimmed regularly, as long-term nails can cause dog pain as well as problems with walking and walking.
Early socialization and puppy training classes are recommended. For a breed as large and powerful as the Great Dane, obedience training is a must. Socialization – gradually exposing the puppy to a wide variety of people, places and situations – will help him develop into a well-adjusted adult. Great Danes are sociable, friendly, and eager to please, and they respond to persistent, consistent training methods. They require human contact, affection and socialization with other people and animals.
Great dens can be unconscious, but they require daily exercise according to their age. Running fast two or three times a day can be enough. They can make good companions on jogs or hikes, but you should wait until the dog is 2 years old to protect the joints from harm. Due to the risk of bloat, avoid strenuous exercise around food. Dens follow their noses wherever an odor carries them, so they should always be kept on a leash and allowed to loosen in safe areas with only a tall fence. Many great charities enjoy participating in sports such as agility, obedience, tracking events, weight pulling, and flyball.
Feed the Great Dane a high quality dog food suitable for the dog’s age (puppy, adult or senior). Give very little to table scraps, if not at all, especially avoid cooked bones and foods with high fat content. Know which human foods are safe for dogs, and which are not. Owners should know that the breed’s number-one killer is bloat, where the stomach is sore and twisted. The causes of bloat have not been fully understood, but experts believe that stopping several small meals per day and vigorous exercise around meals may reduce the likelihood of this happening.
Bloat, or gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV), is the number-one killer of donations. Owners should educate themselves to recognize the signs that are bloating and if so what to do. Many breeders and owners have considered a surgery called a prophylactic gastroopexy (“”preventive deal””) that may help prevent some of the more serious aspects of GDV. Other health issues that may affect the breed include eye and heart disease, hypothyroidism and autoimmune thyroiditis, and hip dysplasia. A responsible breeder will conduct stock screening for conditions that may affect the breed.
Recommended health tests from the National Breed Club: