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10 Things You Realize When You Get A #GreatDane
  • February 19, 2018
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When you fall in love with a Great Dane, your life changes in ways that you could never anticipate. It’s more than just living with a big dog, it’s getting to know a soulmate who speaks to you with a series of woofs, grunts and pitiful stares.

1. They’ll never outgrow their awkward phase.

Some say that the Great Dane’s awkward phase is at about 12 months old, when they’re technically an adolescent. That big head doesn’t seem to match that lanky body. However, a true Great Dane parent knows that a Dane never stops being awkward, even after their body grows into their big feet. They’re known to fill awkward silences with strange squeaky noises, and will always butt into the conversation when they’re not the center of attention. Typical Dane!

2. A Great Dane is a professional photo bomber

A Great Dane always wants to be in your selfie, and will instantly drop their chew bone for a chance to get in on a photo opportunity. If someone is taking a group shot, the Dane will always be around the corner, making sure to get at least an ear or tail in the photo. Uninvited or not, a Great Dane always insists on being photographed. The worst part is, you can take the best selfie of all time, and people will still comment “cute dog!!” instead of noticing your perfectly applied eyeliner.

3. They’re just big babies.

Though most weigh over 100 pounds as an adult, a Great Dane is really just one big baby. They hate being alone and love to snuggle, even if that means suffocating you under their heft. They also tend to be afraid of small dogs, plastic bags and suspicious looking rocks.

4. They always look sad.

It’s impossible to resist the forlorn look of the beautiful Great Dane, with those sad eyes and that droopy pout. A Dane is not for the easily manipulated, because when they have their way, they will get to eat everything you eat, and you’ll never leave the house. Sometimes, you just have to say “no” to that big old mug – no matter how hard it is to resist.

5. Sitting weird is perfectly comfortable for them.

The Great Dane’s unusual size means that they don’t fit easily on most dog beds, even when you order the “X-Large,” as most manufacturers, hilariously, think a rottweiler is “extra large.” Though you may accommodate your Dane with a baby mattress or a bed made for an elephant, they’ll find creative ways to get comfortable, like sitting their butt on your couch with their face resting on the coffee table. If a Dane wants to sit somewhere, they’re going to sit there, even if they have to make themselves fit.

10 Things You Realize When You Get A #GreatDane

6. They’re always watching you.

Once you bring a Great Dane home, you’ll never be alone again. They enjoy accompanying people to the bathroom, and will scratch on the door if you “accidentally” lock them out. Once they get into a habit of following you around the house, they will observe everything you do. Some learn by copying, and will unexpectedly start to open doors, open the fridge, and retrieve drinks of water from the sink. They’re always watching, listening and learning, so you have to be careful of what you do or say. They quickly learn important words like “bath” and “go out,” and will go crazy when they hear these phrases as they eavesdrop on your conversations.

7. They poop. A lot.

You would reasonably expect a human-sized dog to take human-sized poops. But a Great Dane actually poops like a horse, up to four times per day. The inside-out plastic bag trick really only works for the brave, seasoned Dane owners. For everyone else, there’s the heavy duty utility scooper. On some days, you’ll have to make several trips, possibly with two large pieces of cardboard, a few plastic bags, a garden hose, a hope and a prayer.

8. A Great Dane is basically a just person with a lot of feelings.

Not only is a Great Dane about the size of an average adult person, they’re extremely human in the way they show emotions. They slump when they’re disappointed, and bounce around when they’re happy. Their attitude is infectious. If you ever go home grumpy, your Dane will be sure to change your mood in seconds.

9. Kids love them, it’s the adults you have to worry about.

Most kids actually are not afraid of your huge dog, it’s typically adults that are afraid of them. Though most Great Danes get along well with kids, you actually have to be careful about kids who are too rough, and may be tempted to ride the dog like a horse. Training a Great Dane is actually pretty simple, training children, on the other hand, is extremely difficult. Training adults to make their kids give your dog space? Absolutely impossible.

10. They don’t live long enough.

A Great Dane can live up to 10 years, tops, and many die at a young age due to various health complications. Even a decade is not nearly enough time to spend with these amazing companions. On the plus side, they do teach us to cherish every moment, and forget about the occasional behavior slip-up, as we know we’ll miss them dearly when they’re gone.

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  1. Jim Bopp
    On January 7, 2019 at 7:38 pm, Jim Bopp said:

    I currently have Danes #s 12 & 13. Two is better than one. I got 13 when #11 was 12 yrs old. The pup stayed by her side, went outside thru a dog door with her, & in short, protected her. A year later he did the same with #12, who is 5 yrs his senior. Having a pup makes putting the elder Dane down a little easier when that time comes.

  2. Lorri Denise ?
    On February 10, 2019 at 2:38 pm, Lorri Denise ? said:

    I’m 5’3 and I weigh 126lbs. With that being said…….My DREAM dog is a Harliquin Great Dane!!! All danes are beautiful BUT the Harliquin is my favorite. I’m SO looking forward to adding this BIG guy into my family?

  3. Jackie Cardello
    On February 21, 2019 at 12:44 am, Jackie Cardello said:

    We got out first Dane last year, he’s 9 months old. I’ve known several and have wanted one my entire life. He is everything we ever hoped for and more! Danes truly are special dogs!!

  4. Mary Ann
    On February 22, 2019 at 10:06 pm, Mary Ann said:

    I had three Great Danes, a Boston, named Baby who lived ten years. A Harlequin named Valentine {born on Valentines day} who lived for 12 years, and I just lost my Lady, a Merle, almost 8 years old in November. Today was a very sad day for me, still crying over the lost of my Lady. I loved her so much, my best friend.
    If your thinking of getting a Great Dane, you’ll never regret your decision if you do get one.
    I am looking forward to my next one soon. I can’t live without a gentle giant.

  5. Tammy
    On February 23, 2019 at 11:56 am, Tammy said:

    I had a great dane. I had to put lacey to sleep she was 14 yrs old. They are wonderful dogs but can have hip and joint problems so consider this before you get one of these dogs. seeing their health decline is very very sad.

  6. Brittany
    On April 22, 2019 at 6:22 am, Brittany said:

    Love my two big babies. They are the best, most affectionate, emotional fur babies ever. Be careful though, like potato chips, it is hard to have just one.

  7. Kathleen K AmsberryW
    On May 9, 2019 at 10:01 pm, Kathleen K AmsberryW said:

    We got litter mates, Sampson and Apollo when they were 7 weeks, merle.
    Personalities plus! What one can’t think of, the other one will. They bring such joy to everyone who sees them. Gentle giants, with our great grandson, 18 months, he just brushes them aside, crawls on their laps, and they adore him. They are 2 now and doing wonderful, no health problems. Our wonderful, daffy, zoomies, babies.

  8. Mandy Elaine Smith
    On May 19, 2019 at 11:39 pm, Mandy Elaine Smith said:

    I recently got a one year old female that wasn’t treated so we’ll. I haven’t even had her two weeks and she has over come so much in such a short time. I wish u could keep her but I simply do not have the space that she needs. She us house broken Hood with kids and other dogs. She lives going for a ride on the truck at least once or twice a day. If you know anyone that would be a good loving home for her she do needs her forever family.

  9. Marsha
    On June 4, 2019 at 4:21 am, Marsha said:

    What state are you in?

  10. Kim
    On June 4, 2019 at 12:02 pm, Kim said:

    Great article!! We are currently the mommy and daddy to 3 blue Danes! We’ve had many others in the past plus we rescued, foster and place Danes in appropriate homes! The one correction is like to make to your article is many Danes are now living beyond 10 years!! :). Now that we are really understanding their nutritional needs and physical needs the Dane community is looking out for them more, I believe that’s helping increase their life expectancy!!

  11. Kim
    On June 4, 2019 at 12:04 pm, Kim said:

    Mandy, where you able to re-home your baby?

  12. Joyce Dyer Kirkpatrick
    On June 4, 2019 at 10:42 pm, Joyce Dyer Kirkpatrick said:

    My new best friend will be ready to come home on July 4th. My son will turn 14 just a month or so later, and while we were there for visiting time with my baby while we wait. He fell head over heels and I signed on the dotted line to bring Blanca’s sister home too! Sooo 2 Danes!

  13. Alan
    On June 6, 2019 at 12:42 am, Alan said:

    We had 2 Danes. Ashley lived to be 12.5 and Blue lived to be 14. I wouldn’t say 10 years, tops.

  14. Stephanie
    On June 10, 2019 at 9:12 pm, Stephanie said:

    4 years ago we adopted a shelter puppy that we were positive was going to be a basset hound. Nope. Obviously a Great Dane cross. At four he weighs 116 lbs so still a big bundle of long legged wildness. Now that he no longer seems to be destroying furniture he is a big lover and defender of our house and a real Mama’s boy.

  15. Vonne
    On June 11, 2019 at 1:21 am, Vonne said:

    It makes me crazy when it’s said danes don’t live very long?. I work at a vet hosp and have had 7 danes, most live as long as any other dog, usually 12 or 13 years old.

  16. Jacqueline Smith
    On June 18, 2019 at 2:54 pm, Jacqueline Smith said:

    We have six Danes in our house at the moment. They are the most beautiful, loving, funny dogs. The eldest dogs are 14 and 12 at the moment and going strong. Then 7yrs, 6yrs and two 2 year olds. Each with their own quirky characters….lovely x

  17. Melissa Rojas
    On June 23, 2019 at 11:06 pm, Melissa Rojas said:

    We got our Jade when she was 2 months old. She was bottle fed due to her mom being sick. She is truly a blessing in our life. She has helped our oldest child in so many ways. We could not imagine life without her.

  18. Rick anthony
    On July 2, 2019 at 7:17 pm, Rick anthony said:

    101danes …. I train the for decide dogs and take them visiting as therapy dogs all over the country. Amazing animals

  19. Brian Rowland
    On July 4, 2019 at 10:08 am, Brian Rowland said:

    I have a 4 yr. Old male. Most loving dog I’ve ever had. He will not sleep unless he’s in my bed with his arm around me and snoring in my ear. Lol. Ok, Im Concerned because about a month ago he started getting a cluster of pink bumps on his elbow, now is alot, just 1 big pink bumpy cluster that bleeds alot. Has anybody else experienced this with there Dane, or know what it is. If so please email me back @ [email protected]. Thanks

  20. Jade
    On July 15, 2019 at 7:43 pm, Jade said:

    I love all of my dogs

  21. gideon bronte
    On July 22, 2019 at 12:49 pm, gideon bronte said:

    Got my first dane in1989 and have had as many as five at a time. The oldest mine ever got to was just shy of 10. My average is 7ish. Long living danes are the exception, BUT a minute with a Dane is the equivalent of 30 months with another type of breed and so it all works out in the end 🙂

  22. Kim
    On July 27, 2019 at 12:37 am, Kim said:

    Our Duke is 4.5 months old. He is chocolate and such a good looking puppy. He is 65# of loving goofiness that I wouldn’t trade for anything. I loved your article and will cherish every minute I have with him! Go Great Dane lovers!

  23. Dawn
    On July 28, 2019 at 2:02 am, Dawn said:

    We adopted our first Great Dane from a rescue and got him at 8 weeks. My first experience with a puppy and a GD. We had a very sweet golden lab previously that we had to put down in December due to failing health (he was 13 years old). Our GD puppy has been trying. He bites ALL the time. I have tried everything but he continues to bite. He will drop a chew toy and bite our hands for no reason. I’m told this is normal puppy / teething but I’m worried. He starts obedience classes Monday. I thought Danes were suppose to be so loving and want to cuddle. I have a very smart stubborn biter. ?

  24. Shayla
    On August 1, 2019 at 8:45 pm, Shayla said:

    Our Dane is 7 and 4 months and he is the best friend you could ever hope for. He’s our first one and we’ve been fortunate that he still is able to run and play like a pup. We did just find out that he has an aggressive and painful form of bone cancer but with the help of some Pain meds and anti-inflammatory he is still having a great time. We are hoping to keep him around a little longer, as long as he will have us! Any Dane owner can agree that anything less than a hundred years is too short a life for a Dane. Wonderful dogs.

  25. ann goodykoontz
    On August 8, 2019 at 12:38 am, ann goodykoontz said:

    I have 2 puppy Great Danes. They just turned 1 year old. They were litter mates. My heart swells with love for my Beau and Daisy. They make my life wonderf.

  26. J.l.
    On August 8, 2019 at 12:56 am, J.l. said:

    I have a laberdane, but I’d say he is more dane than lab. He is 8 weeks old and constantly bites us. I am hoping this will pass. We love him. His odd sleeping positions worried me at first, but now I’m used to it!

  27. Karen gordon
    On August 9, 2019 at 2:43 am, Karen gordon said:

    I have a Great Dane her name is Theia Maria Gordon age 9. Who is daddys girl. She weights in at 111lbs and she likes to eat. She loves her ice cream and her morning cheese from her mommy. Theia loves both sets of grandparents and many others.

  28. Blujeans
    On August 9, 2019 at 12:13 pm, Blujeans said:

    This is one of the most accurate “about Great Danes” I’ve read – most seem to be written by someone who’s owned just one. I’m on #6 – and like most realize, once you have one you can guarantee more will be on the way! This is the first time I’ve owned 2 at the same time, and all I can say is “look what I’ve been missing!!” – so, as long as I’m strong enough to handle them (I’m a senior citizen), there will always be at least two on the couch. @Dawn – #4 was a hand biter and, generally, difficult to train – went through hundreds of dollars in training for her with minimal success. With her, it was ‘my way or the highway’. Fortunately, this was an exception, not the rule – none of my previous Danes were this way and none since – so not all are the same. It will be a challenge, but maybe after he is nuetered and matures he’ll settle down. Some of my Danes benefited from plenty of off-leash recreation. Good luck!

  29. Danielle Halterman
    On August 25, 2019 at 7:50 pm, Danielle Halterman said:

    Can a gd live in an apt

  30. Ally
    On September 11, 2019 at 10:26 pm, Ally said:

    Diesel is my blue Scooby. Amazing animals. Very interactive soulmates.

  31. Cindy
    On September 26, 2019 at 2:59 am, Cindy said:

    I’m on number 5 Great Dane. 3 males were all rescues and 2 we got as puppies. I would never have another breed. 2 of my males lived to be almost 12. I loved them all with all my heart. Each one has their own personality. Josephine, my current dane, is the most stubborn one I’ve had. If she doesn’t get her way she talks and talks until you give her what she wants. Love, love, love them.

  32. Judith Jones
    On October 3, 2019 at 3:28 am, Judith Jones said:

    We have had 5 gds. the last one was a blue and his name was Thor he loved to go for rides and walk on the beach. But no water. He didn’t like the water once in a while l as able to get him wet. Not to often. He was all blue but had a white cross on his chest. The next thing he loved was going for chicken nuggets or do.when he would see where we were going he would get excited. Couldn’t fool him. When we had to move back up north we had to put him up for adoption and that broke our heats. No one would rent to us. He was 13 going on 14. If I wasn’t in my 70’s I would get another one. We bought him from a breeder in Florida he was one of the best Danes we ever had. Miss him so much. I did all the training and loved it. I envy anyone who has a gd be good to them and they will love you unconditionally. Thanks

  33. Gene
    On October 3, 2019 at 3:56 pm, Gene said:

    I would never consider another breed. 4 of my Danes have gone over the rainbow bridge. I rescued 2 Danes New Years day 2019 after i had to put my Strudel down Dec 27, 2019. due to osteoscarnoma. She was a merlequin tall girl 33″. I’m still having a hard time getting over her absence in my life. The two i rescued are happy girls they are goofy and loveable. DJ is black and very vocal. Moans and groans alot. Maggie is solid blue. Both carry stuffed toys in their mouths even bark with them in their mouths.

  34. Chrissy Gordon
    On October 7, 2019 at 1:29 pm, Chrissy Gordon said:

    I’ve had Danes for 25 yrs. They are eye catchers for sure. Very loving and protective of their family. Not like a german shepherd but their size is enough to scare anyone. And yes they can bite if you let them but most are not that way. They are couch potatoes but Absoutly love their family. They are very good with other dogs as always introducing is important but they love it. I won’t have any other breed except a German Shepherd. So I’ve had them together and they got along great. Best breed for dating too. Lol

  35. Torry
    On October 9, 2019 at 1:00 am, Torry said:

    10 years?? Psssh mine just turned 12 ?

  36. Susanne
    On October 14, 2019 at 3:16 am, Susanne said:

    I use to teach with a couple that bred show quality GDs. I loved being around them. I’ve had dobermans my adult life; however, when Boone T Pickens passes pover the rainbow bridge, I’m getting a GD. I need a change for my senior years. Moore love, less alpha dog! I always wanted a dog that was bigger than I am. I’m 4 feet 11 and weigh 110. If I can handle a head strong Dobie I can handle a GD. They are goofy and loving.

  37. Ron
    On October 22, 2019 at 8:32 am, Ron said:

    I’m looking to rehome my almost 9 month old gd. I recently took at new position at work that requires me to travel often. Any suggestions of rescues in northern Illinois? Not something we are happy about but something we need to do for her. She deserves a great family that can give her their full attention.

  38. Alex
    On October 25, 2019 at 1:01 am, Alex said:

    Ron, will your travels bring you to NC, I ll be happy to take her off your hands. I have a 5.5 months Blue right now. Looking to get her a playmate…

  39. Marc
    On October 26, 2019 at 1:28 am, Marc said:

    Ron,
    Have you found a home yet? I live in N IL and have been wanting to adopt for some time now. Hate to see her go to a rescue and bounce around if there’s no need to.

  40. Amy
    On October 30, 2019 at 4:41 am, Amy said:

    Our Gracie was 16 years young when we asked our Vet to help her cross the Rainbow Bridge. Yes, 16.

  41. CeeCee
    On November 4, 2019 at 3:00 am, CeeCee said:

    On December 07, 2019 we will welcome Great Dane #2 and #3 into our lives. We are doing the crazy littermate purchase and could not listen to all the nuts that say littermates are bad news. I have the pleasure of hosting our pup’s dad at the moment and can’t wait to see if the work we are doing will stay with him when he returns home (male dog reactive). I am currently working on the Certification of Applied Canine Ethology (Glorified trainer Certification). Dane #1 I trained for Service as a Seizure Alert Dog. I welcome working with my daughter as we train our new pups for psychological and seizure alert service. All 10 characteristics above are indeed true. I would make a suggestion for an eleventh being – Expect to be startled awake in the middle-of-the-night due to incessantly loud snoring. As for the most annoying things to expect: Everyone assumes you have no clue about raising a Dane and will hold you up for hours with needless advice you don’t ask for. It is like having mom over to tell you all the ways you should raise your kid, annoying as heck.

  42. Keith
    On November 8, 2019 at 1:27 pm, Keith said:

    I am missing my big boy Otis like no other dog in my life. He was my first Great Dane and we got him out of rescue 3 years ago. He was almost 4.5 years old when we got him. We had to put him down on 11/5/2019. Around a week or so before this he just quit eating altogether and had not interest in food. His energy level dropped and then he started vomiting. We got him into the vet after we saw him vomit again 2 days later and then he did it again while in with the vet. The vet did a physical, took x-rays, and we decided to treat his symptoms to see if he would improve. He also was given an anti nausea shot and two pill for the next two days. The vomiting stopped but he still wouldn’t eat. We took him back for a follow up and had blood work done. The blood work came back and the markers were pointing at pancreatic cancer. I also forgot to mention that he had lost 15 pounds over the course of 5 months. I didn’t really notice it as he didn’t really look any thinner. As much as it sucked and as much as feel like I let him down my wife and I decided to put him to sleep. The vet said the only thing we could do was try steroid treatment to see if it would boost his appetite but even then IF he started eating he might only have a month or two to live. We didn’t want to see him waste away nor have a good quality of life. As weak as he was he still wanted to go for walks with us and we gave him walks right up until the day he quit eating. This is the hardest thing I have ever done. He was my buddy, my shadow, and a friend. He was a pain in the butt sometimes but his love for us was constant. My wife always said he loved us both but when he looked at me she said he adores you…I miss giving him hugs and his Darth Vader breathing when I would give him ear rubs. Okay…I am done rambling…I just miss my buddy….Love you buddy and I will be looking for you at Rainbow Bridge….

  43. Wanda
    On November 8, 2019 at 4:57 pm, Wanda said:

    I am now with my 3rd Dane ,and could not imagine my life without this amazing breed in my life. My first was a blue harlequin, my second a harlequin, my current baby girl is a brindle. I miss my first 2 more than words can describe my domino keeps me in hugs and cuddles on a daily basis. I will ALWAYS have a great dane by my side, they are an amazing life partner.

  44. David paul
    On November 21, 2019 at 5:30 am, David paul said:

    You really did a great job. Cowboy is 9 and I worry all the time now my dog has been by my side every second he has stated in two films and when he passes on I will do his life story he is the most photographed dog in the world and he will tell his story about what he thinks of man kind.

  45. Brandi
    On November 26, 2019 at 5:27 pm, Brandi said:

    We recently aquired a male, merle dane! He is 9 months old! We also have a doberman,2 and a lab, 7. They all get along great. The dane is a rescue, came from a not so loving, neglectful person. So sad! He is now velcro dog #3, follows mama everywhere and has to be touching mama all the time. My question is…due to having a 7 y/o female lab, we want to get him fixed but not quite sure if it will calm his hormones or not. Any info would be great

  46. Mads
    On March 24, 2020 at 3:19 pm, Mads said:

    I have a baby great dane 7 months and he is a big baby and a pain in the butt, but we love him soooooooooooo much

  47. no u
    On April 3, 2020 at 6:59 pm, no u said:

    i love my great dane soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much if you are trying to find a dog for you i reccomend a great dane

  48. Dave
    On April 9, 2020 at 11:23 pm, Dave said:

    10 years is not tops. Not by a long shot.

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