Is a Great Dane Right for You?

Temperament/Personality

There are several adjectives used to describe a Great Dane, most notably a "Gentle Giant". They are affectionate and love people. They are great with children, although, they must learn how to be gentle around them. A swipe of their tail, or a big lick on the face can knock over a toddler, so it's important to supervise their interactions.

Despite their sweet nature, Danes are alert home guardians. Just the sight of these gentle giants is usually enough to make intruders think twice. But those foolish enough to mistake the breed’s friendliness for softness, will meet a powerful foe of true courage and spirit. Patient with children, Danes are people pleasers who make friends easily.

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While adults are pretty laid back, puppies are highly active and playful. Not typically a jumper, a 6ft fence helps to prevent them from taking a stroll on their own.

Great Danes are not suited to outdoor living. Quite the opposite, they want to be part of your family. Left to their own devices and ignored, you would be surprised at the destruction they can create.

A well-socialized, well-trained adult can be suited for apartment-living, because of their quiet, inactive nature. If you have stairs or more than one level, think twice about how you would get them in or out if they were ill or injured.