It can sometimes seem like the bigger the dog, the more love it has to give its owner and the world. And while we totally love our smaller canine companions, the gigantic Great Danes are a sight to behold. Friendly, social, and charming, these floppy-eared loveable dogs are considered by some to be the perfect match for families.
Great Danes can grow up to weigh a whopping 175 pounds (79 kilograms) and be up to 32 inches (81 centimeters) tall, so that’s all the proof that you need that they’re huge. But reading facts is one thing—seeing these canines’ size with your own eyes is another. Bored Panda wanted to show you just how fun Great Danes can be, so we’ve put together this wholesome and hilarious list of their antics for you to enjoy.
Upvote your fave photos as you scroll down, and let us know which doggos you’d like to hug the most and why, dear Pandas. By the way, when you’re done petting all the dogs in this list, you’ll find some more photos of gorgeous Great Danes right here. And, if you’re in the mood to look at more dogs that don’t understand how big they are, we invite you to check out this article over here.
Bill Lambert, the Head of Health and Welfare at The Kennel Club, told Bored Panda that every single dog needs regular exercise, with larger dogs usually needing more of it. According to Lambert, Great Danes need more than 2 hours of exercise a day. However, the exact amount depends on the dog's age: puppies and senior canines will require a lot less movement to avoid over-exercising. Read on for Lambert's insights into what kind of care Great Danes need and what potential owners should be aware of.
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Because of how big they are, Great Danes are best suited for people who have lots of space at home. Preferably with a yard. "Great Danes have a friendly and outgoing temperament and are sometimes referred to as gentle giants. With that in mind, they are best suited to owners who have a larger house and garden in order to provide them with enough space for both exercise, mental stimulation and to express themselves," Lambert from The Kennel Club explained to Bored Panda.
Besides lots of space and exercise, Great Danes also need experienced owners, as well as weekly grooming. What's more, bigger dogs usually mean bigger financial investments, too. "They need more food and more space, and you may need to adapt your home, ensuring your dog can’t reach things which a smaller dog wouldn’t be able to," Lambert said. "Training is essential with any dog, but especially with such a large breed it’s crucial that owners are able to exert control so that they can handle their dog more easily and understand their dog’s behavior."
Lambert suggests that, like with any new dog, potential owners carry out thorough, extensive research to make sure that a particular breed is right for them. "We’d recommend potential Great Dane owners speak to their vet and a Great Dane breed club for tips and advice relevant to the breed."
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Originally, Great Danes (aka German Mastiffs and Deutsche Dogges) were bred to hunt wild boar and deer back in Germany, around 400 years ago. They were a mix between English Mastiffs and Irish Wolfhounds and were favored by the nobility.
Great Danes used to be known as Englische Dockes, highlighting their link to England. However, as relations between Germany and other countries became more strained in the late 19th century, the Germans renamed the breed to represent their own nation. Later, however, as relations worsened further, the breed became known as the Great Dane.
Strong, elegant, and powerful, Great Danes mature slowly. And one thing that you absolutely cannot skimp on is getting high-quality food.
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The breed is so popular that it’s become firmly ingrained in pop culture, probably even without you noticing it, too. For instance, both Scooby-Doo and Marmaduke, probably two of the best-known dogs worldwide, are Great Danes.
We’re just impressed that Shaggy’s able to hold Scoobs in his arms and run with him whenever a spooky ghost shows up. He’s obviously way stronger than he looks, even if he is a cartoon character. Then again, maybe the adrenaline kicks in.
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Teddy Flood is a Great Dane and little Speckle is some sort of beagle mix. He was a foster pup, 7 weeks at the time.