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Great Dane – Fun Facts and Crate Size

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 Great Dane Dog Crate size

Great Dane

Quick Facts

  • AKC recognized in 1887
  • Lifespan: 8 years
  • Size: Large
  • Energy: Medium
  • Recommended Crate Size: 54” dog crate

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The Great Danes are indeed an interesting pet, originally bred as a boar hunting hound. They do not need much exercise. However, they require lots of space and should not be kept in a small apartment. This German breed is indeed a good companion and is typically not aggressive towards people. One thing to keep in mind is that this dog can drool and slobber a lot. You may end up wiping the saliva on your clothes and furniture.


The American Kennel Club formally recognized the Great Dane in 1887. These high energy dogs are known as the Apollo of dogs and, due to its large size, seems a suitable name. This domestic dog is a  large German breed which was originally named German Mastiff or Deutsche Dogge.


The Great Dane is a very large and muscular, yet elegant dog. They have a rectangular head with a high-set of medium sized ears. These dogs come in nine colors ranging from chocolate, silver, black, blue, and white. The average height of adult male Great Dane is 32 inches with females commonly reaching 30 inches or more.


It is recommended to provide feed formulated to a large sized breed. It is highly recommended to discuss your dog’s feed with your veterinarian or breeder to determine size and frequency of meals in order to make sure the dog’s health and lifespan. Also, it is important to provide clean and fresh water every day.


Even though Great Danes have short hair; they shed heavily. You can keep the shedding under control by regularly brushing with a soft bristle brush once a week. These dogs require the occasional bath and grooming session. Most owners prefer to use the professional groomers for nail trimming and bathing since bathing Great Danes is considered a daunting task, especially if the dog is feeling uncooperative. It is important to regularly check the ears for debris buildup, irritation or signs of infection. You can clean the ears using a cotton ball or other cleanser application but never use a cotton swab to clean the ear’s canal. For the teeth, it is important to also brush the teeth once a week to avoid tartar buildup and bad breath.


Puppy Great Danes require enough exercise to keep them healthy; however it is important to keep aware not to over exert puppies in order to avoid joint and bones damage and signs of an over stressed body. Similar to other dogs, this dog requires daily walks or moderate jogging. 

Pet Crate Size

Pet Crates Direct recommends 54” dog crates for most adult Great Danes. 



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