Frequently Asked Questions
How long do Great Danes live on average?
The average life span of a Great Dane is 8-10 years. However, some have been known to live as long as 12 to 15 years.
Are Great Danes good family pets?
Definitely! Their size may make them intimidating, but they are gentle giants at heart. They are playful, affectionate, and great with children. They can also be protective and they get along pretty well with other animals.
What kind of home should I have for my Great Dane?
Commitment to a pet is vital for any pet owner. Because of their size, you definitely need to have a secure home or apartment. A five foot fence is the ideal minimum for dogs that are as large as Great Danes. Danes are house dogs and they require human contact, so make sure that you are able to provide this for them constantly.
How do I find a responsible Great Dane breeder?
This is not easy and definitely requires extensive research. The breeder you choose should knowledgeable and responsible. How he selects the parents, raises the puppies will make a huge difference in how your Great Dane turns out.
How do I housebreak my Great Dane?
Many experts recommended confinement as the top method for housebreaking pets. That is, until your dog is completely housebroken, he should never be allowed freely around the house. He should also have regular and constant access to the right place to do his business.
Can my Great Dane live or stay outside?
No. Great Danes are indoor dogs. They need to be with people as much as possible. Leaving your Great outside for extended periods of time can lead to undesirable behavior and even aggression. If you want an outside dog, it is probably best to pick another breed as your pet.
Are Great Danes expensive to keep?
Honestly? Yes. At most vets, charges are weight or size, so even a perfectly healthy Great Dane will cost more than most other breeds. His nutritional needs can also get quite expensive because he requires either premium or raw food.