Choosing a pet for your family is no easy task! Thankfully, there are thousands of dog breeds and that means that there has got to be a dog breed for every person. Some things to consider are your lifestyle, level of activity, financial resources and time you’ll be willing and able to contribute to caring for your pet.
Here are some of the reasons why we chose a Great Dane for our family.
Dane’s Have Credentials
Great Dane’s are a regal dog with a long lineage. The Dane is German in origin, not Danish. The breed is thought to have been around for more than 400 years. Great Danes are descendants of mastiff-like dogs bread to protect German nobility and hunt boar.
More recently in 1965 the Great Dane was named as the State Dog of Pennsylvania. The legislature noted these attributes: noble, robust, powerful, elegant, responsible, dependable, brave, and loyal. Very regal indeed!
Intelligent and Highly Trainable
Ok, so all pet parents think they have the smartest dog around and I’m no exception. Moose is in fact a genius 😉 In reality, Great Danes are known in the dog world to be of “average” intelligence. However, their high drive to please and be of service to their owner may give them an advantage. Great Danes are one of the easiest breeds to housebreak and train with basic commands like sit, stay, come and heel.
Be sure to begin working with your Dane in Puppy Kindergarten, Basic Obedience and higher level courses will give them a sense of purpose and structure. Besides, a poorly behaved 150 pound dog is just not cute.
Sweet-Tempered and Deeply Affectionate
The size of a Great Dane can often cause fear in strangers. However, he has no realization of his size – he thinks he is a lap dog. Danes are known to be goofy and clumsy as puppies but should grow into sure-footed, steady adults. A well socialized Dane will be a gentle giant. Danes do well as therapy dogs and can be an excellent addition to your family unit. Kids and Parents will get to know their sweet personality. They love being a couch potato even if they do have to sit with a few paws on the ground.
Well Suited for Apartment or Suburban Living
A Great Dane can fit into most any environment. While a Dane needs a long walk daily, he does not require a grand living environment. Puppies will need some room to play, stretch their legs and get the zoomies out in a backyard or park area as well. However, their indoor living environment doesn’t have to be as large as you’d think due to the fact that Danes are fairly low energy for most of the day.
Keep in mind that Danes don’t do well living outdoors year round. Danes have very little body fat to keep them warm and regulate their temperature in hot or cold weather. Additionally, your Great Dane will be a people-person! Danes love to have a close bond with their owners. Besides, he’d much rather sleep in your bed than outside.
Tend to Respond Better to Women
Personally, this is my favorite selling point! It’s been proven that Danes respond more to the tone and speaking style of women over men. This may be due to their highly sensitive nature. A Dane needs plenty of training and direction but won’t respond well to harsh corrections and training methods.
Great Danes are often called “Velcro-Danes” by some of the Danes Online Forum members and this is incredibly accurate. Your Great Dane will follow you (I call it “helping me”) all day long. Wherever I go, Moose is. If he cannot technically fit into the same space that I’m occupying, he’s happy to lay across the doorway until I’m done. Mom’s best friend!
They Look Cool as Cartoons
I’m not sure what it is about a Great Dane that makes it a great cartoon candidate. Maybe its distinct features are easy to draw. Maybe the Dane’s gentle giant juxtaposition is sort of funny. I mostly think it’s because they are big scaredy babies and that makes for good T.V. or comic strips. Whatever the reason, there are plenty of famous Great Dane doggies. Marmaduke, The Jetson’s dog, Scooby-Doo of course and plenty of comic strips floating around the inter-webs about them.