7 Facts About Great Danes

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Great Danes are one of the largest breeds out there, but their size is only outweighed by their gentle nature. These guys are kind-hearted and friendly dogs that love hanging out with their families. Here are some quick facts about Great Danes.

1. Great Danes Are Big Dudes

A Great Dane can be 30 inches (2.5 ft) high at the shoulders, as tall as most people on their hind legs, and weigh close to 200 lbs. But Great Danes are not the tallest dogs with Irish Wolfhounds being slightly higher.

2. They’re Not From Denmark

Yep, it’s a big misconception, but Great Danes can trace their history to Germany. A French naturalist was the first to write about the dog in the 1700’s calling them “le Grande Danois.” The name stuck!

3. Great Danes Hunted Wild Boars

A long time ago, Great Danes were used to hunt wild boars in Germany. But their hunting instinct was bred out of them and now they’re just big softies who want to cuddle. 

4. They’re Gentle Giants

Great Danes are sweet, patient, and kind with children. They love being around their owners, and actually, need to be around them or these pups can get anxious. They just want to be loved! Great Danes tend to be good with other dogs, and are sweet and affectionate by nature.

5. They’re a Favorite in the US!

The breed has been ranked the 14-15th most popular breed in America by the American Kennel Club for the last five years. Their lovable demeanor makes them popular among families.

6. Scooby-Doo Is a Great Dane!

While Great Danes were used in Medieval Europe to ward off evil spirits and ghosts from homes, this isn’t why Scooby was chosen to be a Great Dane. His creators wanted a small dog with a brave heart or a big dog with wimpy tendencies. But there’s no debating how darn cute Scooby-Doo is.

7. They’re Big Kids That Like to Play

Great Danes are very playful dogs. Like all dogs, they should get daily physical activity, but they’re not as demanding as you would think for their size. Great Danes can make do with even a small yard to play in, and don’t need a ton of space for exercise. 

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