German mastiff

Other names: Danish, Deutsche Dogge, Grand Danois, Great Dane

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The Great Dane has a very imposing, but harmonious appearance. Which earned him the nickname of Apollo of the dog breed.



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Hair type Short
Origin Germany
Template Giant
Head shape Long
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 45 kg to 70 kg From 70 cm to 75 cm
Male From 50 kg to 70 kg From 75 cm to 85 cm
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History of the breed

The origin of the breed has long been the subject of controversy. The situation was explained by the fact that the Great Dane is of German origin , but that the breed was very widespread in Denmark at a certain period , hence its other name: Great Dane. This breed comes from a line of dogs that hunted wild boars and bulls in the Middle Ages .

The Great Dane is said to be descended from the Tibetan Hound and the ancient Bullenbeisser. The term Mastiff refers to several powerful breeds. The breeding of the Great Dane itself began in 1878 in Berlin. The first standard was established in 1880 during a dog show. Several modifications were made to this standard before becoming what is today the recognized FCI.

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Physical features

His hair : very short, it is smooth and shiny.
Its color : blue, black, harlequin (white with black spots), fawn or brindle (light brown with black or dark brown stripes).
His head : elongated and delicately chiseled skull, fairly large nose, rectangular muzzle and wide jaws.
His ears : set high, they are naturally drooping.
His eyes : very dark in color except in blue or harlequin individuals, they are very expressive.
Its body : the trunk and the height at the withers form an approximate square.
Its tail : attached high, its thickness gradually decreases towards the tip.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The power that comes from his physical and his barking predisposes the Dane for e gard. This is confirmed by his affectionate character and his attachment to his masters. Awake without being aggressive , he is an excellent companion and a faithful protector for the whole family, especially young children.

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The Great Dane can be very gentle and docile if given a good education. One of the first things to teach him is not to pull on his leash. Indeed, it can reach 70 kgs in adulthood. He needs to understand from an early age that there are rules to follow. But since he is a receptive dog , he has no problem understanding that he owes obedience to his masters.

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

We tend to think that huge dogs need a lot of space to feel comfortable. But in fact, the Great Dane does very well indoors . And besides, there is absolutely nothing overwhelming about it . During cold seasons, it is best to keep it warm in the house or apartment, especially at night.


Ease of gaining weight

The Great Dane requires a lot of attention , especially during its first 3 years. Indeed, it needs exercises, but it is necessary to limit them, because the framework is fragile at this period . Its diet should be adjusted regularly , as it grows very quickly. Hip dysplasia is the most common risk, especially if the parents already have it. The lifespan of the Great Dane rarely goes beyond 9 years.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 2 and 12 puppies

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 10 years

Maximum: 14 years

The life expectancy of a Great Dane is, on average, between 10 years and 14 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

The Great Dane loves to be taken care of. Some signs of attention that he loves can be likened to his maintenance.

The Great Dane needs their hair brushed very regularly . You should also check that your ears are clean and that the skin is not injured or irritated. From time to time, her fingernails need to be cut and her eyes cleaned . A monthly bath with adequate shampoo will delight him if he has been used to it since he was little.

Price and budget

Purchase price

1000 €
1500 €

The purchase price of a Great Dane is between 1000 € and 1500 €.

Annual maintenance cost

2000 €
€ 2100

The annual maintenance cost of a Great Dane is between 2000 € and 2100 €.

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The diet of the Great Dane is essential for the quality of its life and its bone development. Thus, in the first months of his life, he experiences a very rapid growth, going from a weight of 600 grams at birth to a weight of 80 kg at 15 months. In fact, his diet must be able to allow him to grow without the slightest deficiency.

Several meals per day are required. Then, thereafter, its cruising speed of one to 2 meals per day. While high-quality kibble- based food allows it to ingest everything it needs for its development, many breeders choose human food made from raw meat, fresh vegetables, cereals and starches for it. make happy.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

The Great Dane is not very demanding when it comes to walks . Like most large dogs, it only needs a little exercise to keep it from straining its joints too much. A good walk a day is more than enough for him.


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 2: Pinscher and Schnauzer – Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattle Dogs and other breeds

Recognized by FCI

Since 1961


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