Five Great Dane Fun Facts

The imposing Great Dane is truly a giant, both in physical stature and in personality. How much do you know about these beautiful dogs?

One – Great Danes hold the record for the tallest dogs in the world. A male Dane can stand 32 inches at the shoulder and when this breed stands on their hind legs both males and females can tower over humans.

Two – Even though these dogs are really big, they are pups at heart. They are highly social and affectionate and are great around children as well. Of course, young children should never be left unsupervised with any dog, no matter the breed.

Three – Danes go where their noses tell them. This breed was developed to hunt and so have a highly developed sense of smell. If they pick up a scent, they want to go after it, so they need to always be walked on a leash and kept in a yard that is fenced.

Four – Danes are both smart and athletic and love to compete in dog sports. They excel at tracking, flyball, obedience, agility and weight pulling.

Five – This last fact is anything but “fun” as Great Danes have a relatively short life expectancy of seven to ten years. But for lovers of these gentle giants, those years are precious. is a comprehensive site for information dog owners can rely on, and includes tips on health, exercise, fun facts, breed profiles and much more. has a free active Facebook Group of dog parents which any dog owner is welcome to join at  The WoofPost’s official hashtag is #woofpost

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By Ellen Britt

Dr. Ellen Britt has loved dogs since she was a child. She is particularly fond of the Northern breeds, especially Alaskan Malamutes. Ellen worked as a PA in Emergency and Occupational Medicine for two decades and holds a doctorate (Ed.D.) in biology.

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