Getting Your First Great Dane: What You Need To Know

Great Danes
Great Danes

Great Danes are stealing the hearts of more and more people these days and it is not hard to see why. With their magnificent size but gentle demeanour, Great Danes have been steadily gaining popularity. Whether you fell in love with them from watching the cartoon character Scooby Doo, or you have noticed them strolling around at the park, it is no wonder they have become such beloved companions for numerous families. Great Danes are fun, loyal and loveable, with the breed boasting a goofiness to their personality.

The Obvious- The Size!

Of course, Great Danes have one obvious trait about them. You cannot discuss the possibility of getting a Great Dane without addressing the elephant (or should we say, the giant dog) in the room. These gigantic breeds can tower over most other breeds. Great Danes are the tallest breed in the world, often reaching heights of approx 32 inches. The tallest ever recorded Great Dane was measured at 41 inches. So if that sort of size intimidates you, you should reconsider your dog breed choices.

However, Great Danes are gentle and loving. Whilst their size and strength may seem intimidating at first, proper training and socialisation are key. Starting this from an early age can help ensure that your Great Dane becomes a well-mannered member of the family. From teaching them basic commands to establishing boundaries, investing time and effort into training will be crucial for living with your oversized fur baby.

Great Danes Love Their Food

To grow and maintain such a large dog, you must feed them- a lot! It is no secret that Great Danes have a ravenous appetite. Proper nutrition is essential to support their growth and maintain their overall health. However, it is important to be aware that Great Danes can be prone to certain dietary issues, such as bloat. This is a potentially life-threatening condition where the stomach fills with gas, causing it to twist. This issue makes it crucial to feed them a balanced diet and monitor their food intake carefully.

One dietary option that has gained popularity among Great Dane owners is the raw dog food diet. Raw food not only provides a tasty alternative but also offers various textures that encourage chewing. This not only helps to slow down your dog's eating but also helps prevent dental issues.

There’s A Rainbow Of Colours To Choose From

One of the delightful aspects of Great Danes is the wide array of colours they come in. From the classic black and white Harlequin to the striking cream-hued fawn, there is a Great Dane colour to suit every taste. Exploring the various coat colours can be an exciting part of the journey to finding your perfect companion. Each fur colour adds its own charm to these beautiful dogs, reflecting their unique personalities. Whether you are drawn to bold and dark colours or to the more subtle ones, there is a Great Dane colour to suit everyone.

Conclusion: Prepare For An Amazing Experience!

Owning a Great Dane can be an incredibly rewarding experience, but it is not without its challenges. From their massive size to their specific dietary needs, there is a lot to consider before bringing one of these dogs into your home. However, with proper care, training and love, your Great Dane can become your best friend for life. Once you have done your research and prepared for your new arrival, get ready to welcome a new best friend into your home. You will enjoy a life filled with joy every single day!


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