Back to Great Danes Rover-ites! Not sure why Great Danes are such a great breed? That is ok because that is the topic of this blog. Now I definitely have a personal bias towards Great Danes as one of the coolest dog breeds but I am more than willing to share it with you. Not sure if a Great Dane is right for you as a dog owner, dog sitter, or guest at your Seattle dog boarding facility? Keep reading and decide for yourself!
Now it would be impossible to talk about a Great Dane without mentioning its size. Great Danes are famously known for being the tallest of all the dog breeds (the title of heaviest goes to the English Mastiff). Measuring in at a height of 28 to 34 inches and a weight of 100 to 200 pounds this breed is a lot of dog per set of legs. However, everyone knows that the size of the dog counts for little in comparison to their heart (figuratively of course). In this case the physical size of the Great Dane is equally matched by its reputation as a docile and friendly dog breed. Great Danes have earned the nickname “gentle giant” for its calm and patient nature when interacting with children and other dogs (they get along with cats too)!
Just like with any dog breed the Great Dane does have several drawbacks as well. While the breed’s size can be a major plus it can also be a negative point as well. Great Danes are not known for being “high-strung” or having lots of energy but they do need room. Ironically Great Danes often make great apartment dogs as long as you get them out for a walk or a trip to the dog park daily. It is usually the dog owner that has problems dealing with the large size of the dog breed. Another significant drawback is the Great Dane has a poor health record as a breed. Their large size makes them a common victim of hip dysplasia, gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV), and congenital heart disease. This health reputation has also lead to the other nickname of the Great Dane being called “heart-breakers” because they usually have short lives ranging from 6-8 years.
So if you are someone who wants a Great Dane the next questions is where to get one. Great Danes are expensive ranging from $1000 to $2500 with a qualified breeder. This is one of the main reason it will be a quite while before I own one or more. However, there is a much more affordable option of rescuing a Great Dane. Washington has a wonderful Great Dane rescue program at http://www.daneoutreach.org/ where with the right house, love, and some paperwork you can be on your way to getting a Great Dane for $225.00.
Blog by Rover-ite Danny