Great Dane

Working Breed

Della and some puppies rescued through the Great Dane rescue of North Texas

The Great Dane, another of the gentle giants.  A great people dog that needs to be a part of the family.  But, you must make sure that you are able to handle a huge portion of lovin’.  Danes are leaners and if you’re standing still, brace yourself.  A gentler dog would be hard to find, and they do OK in apartments as long as they get plenty of exercise.  Probably their best environment would be a rural or urban setting with a large yard.  Danes are great with children – just remember how big they are because they forget.  Early training and socialization should produce a dog that gets along well with everyone; two and four legged.  Their very short coat is easy to maintain.

Average Height(“‘s)
Average Weight (#’s)
Notes for owners
Short Minimal(except at bath time) OK in apartment if strongly exercised.  Good with children, but forgets how big it is.

Relevant Web Sites

AKC Breed Profile

Great Dane Club of America

Great Dane Club of Canada

GDCC Breeder Referral

What is an Ethical Breeder?

What is an Unethical Breeder?

Great Dane Rescue

Ginnie’s Great Dane Links



We STRONGLY recommend that you get your dog from a respectable breeder or rescue organization.  Pet store puppies may get their dogs from Puppy Mills that normally breed only for profit, not quality or concern for the puppy or its eventual owner.
If you would like help locating a breeder or rescue agency near you please E-Mail PGAA (, and let us know your city/state and the type of dog you are looking for.  Do not assume that PGAA has qualified all of the breeders or rescues on this site.  Do your own check of each breeder or rescue — be sure that you are comfortable with the organization before you buy, adopt or turn-over a dog.