Great Dane Temperament – Are They Really Gentle Giants

Great Danes are one of the most popular breeds in the world. They have been bred since ancient times to perform various tasks such as hunting, guarding livestock or even performing military duties. Today they are considered some of the gentlest dogs around with their gentle nature and love for humans. Their docile temperament makes them ideal companions for children and adults alike.

The term “Giant” is used to refer to any dog over 20 pounds (9 kg). However, there are two main types: those that weigh between 10 and 19 pounds (4.5 to 7 kg) and those that weigh between 18 and 29 pounds (11.1 to 40 kg).

According to the American Kennel Club’s standard, a Great Dane must be at least 14 inches tall at the withers (the point where the neck joins the body), but may exceed this size if it is well socialized. A Great Dane’s coat color is determined by its coat type. There are five basic colors: solid black, chocolate brown, fawn/red, cream and silver.

In general, Great Danes are friendly with other dogs and cats. They do not bark excessively when they greet people; however, they will sometimes growl if cornered or threatened. If a Great Dane does growl at someone it may make a loud noise that can be heard up to 50 feet away.

Great Danes are a large breed and they can easily knock small children over when playing. Unlike the rest of the dog breeds, Great Danes are not generally suitable for apartments simply because they need space to roam and run during the day.

In many cases, the Great Dane grows up in the absence of other dogs or other canines. It does not know how to behave with them or react to their presence. It is an advantage if it has grown up with other dogs.

Although the Great Dane has a reputation for aggression, it is not predisposed towards such behavior. It becomes aggressive only if it is mistreated or abused. It should always be trained and socialized from an early age. In addition, care must be taken when introducing it to other canines.

It should never be left unsupervised with other dogs because even the friendliest of dogs will fight if provoked.

Great Danes are one of the tallest breed of dog in the world. They reach their full height by the time they are 18 months old and can grow to 30 inches (76 cm) in height and can weigh up to 150 pounds (68 kg). The heaviest dog on record is a Great Dane called George who weighed in at 272 pounds (123 Kg).

Great Danes have large teeth and strong jaws which means that they can easily crush through things. Owners of Great Danes must always be careful when leaving objects around the house because these can be broken easily.

Despite their large size, Great Danes are surprisingly light on their feet and they have excellent balance. Owners must always take care when walking these dogs because they can easily knock people over if they are not paying attention to where they are going.

Great Dane Temperament – Are They Really Gentle Giants - from our website

Great Danes are one of the most ancient dog breeds and were bred by European Monks to hunt wild boar. The breed was originally called the German Boar Hound. They are mentioned in historical texts as early as the 5th century and were favorites of European Royalty in the medieval period.

Great Danes can run at up to 30 miles per hours (48 km) over short distances. Owners should always be careful when letting these dogs off their leads in open areas because they could easily outpace them.

Great Danes are known for being an extremely friendly dog breed.

Sources & references used in this article:

Prevailing Clusters of Canine Behavioural Traits in Historical US Demand for Dog Breeds (1926–2005) by B Wilson, J Serpell, H Herzog, P McGreevy – Animals, 2018 –

The use of the socially acceptable behavior test in the study of temperament of dogs by RH De Meester, J Pluijmakers, S Vermeire… – Journal of Veterinary …, 2011 – Elsevier

Morgante: The Epic Adventures of Orlando and His Giant Friend Morgante by JV Rose – Pre-veterinary Nursing Textbook, 2001 – Elsevier Health Sciences

Great American Prose Poems: From Poe to the Present by L Pulci – 2000 –

The Gothic: A very short introduction by M Welton – 2000 – Macmillan

Temperament: how music became a battleground for the great minds of Western civilization by D Lehman – 2008 –