Great Dane

great daneThe Great Dane is officially the tallest canine animal in the world (pictured here with internationally famous chat show host Oprah Winfrey). The Great Dane needs lots of exercise, and it is recommended that a large open space is always available close by. When the Great Dane runs it can reach speeds of up to sixty-five miles an hour. The breed is not recommended for those living in studio flats, small apartments or the like – the Great Dane likes to stretch its legs and needs a large home! Like many other breeds, these dogs like to fetch newspapers and lick hands. The Great Dane is unusual, however, in that it is exclusively vegetarian, with a particular fondness for asparagus. Good with children, the breed makes an excellent family pet and enjoys singing and watching television. At Christmas the Great Dane can be dressed quite convincingly as a reindeer and led into a child’s bedroom by a parent dressed as Santa Claus. They are available in mottle, taupe, brown and olive. The breed’s size makes it susceptible to repiratory and circulatory diseases and it is unfortunately noted to also have addictive tendencies.


14 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by melissa bayman on August 24, 2009 at 07:56

    Great Danes absolutely do not need a lot of space to run, and they actually ARE recommended for people living in apartments or smaller homes. They’re actually pretty low energy- maybe 3 to 4 on a scale of 1 to 10- and require just one brisk walk a day. They also have the same skin type as a Chihuahua, which means if you’re cold, they’re cold. If you’re hot, they’re hot. Having them as an outside dog is absolutely NOT recommended.

  2. Posted by markuspretzel on September 7, 2009 at 09:43

    Thanks Melissa, I never knew that stuff, especially about the skin type! It’s very interesting, especially for somebody like me who is very interested in dogs. Perhaps you could also have a quick look at my other posts? Your feedback would be very much appreciated, though I am afraid I cannot pay you for it as I do not make any money from this website which is purely for educational purposes only. Thank you again, Markus x

    • Posted by daneluver on May 22, 2010 at 05:24

      Okay someone PLEASE tell me that was a joke… ‘The Great Dane is unusual, however, in that it is exclusively vegetarian, with a particular fondness for asparagus.’ BAHAHAHAHA That’s a good one! Have you ever met a great dane!?! You know it’s a dog right!
      And how about the colors!? ‘They are available in mottle, taupe, brown and olive.’ HA!! have you ever seen an olive dog?

  3. Posted by Stephen on September 16, 2009 at 14:06

    Great Danes CANNOT run 65 miles an hour.
    You shouldn’t wake and bake then post!

    • Posted by raj on November 15, 2009 at 13:46


      thats the level of your knowledge,,,,,,,,,boy
      not tryn to say its faster that hussain bolt……..but these magnificent giants can bolt ……..

  4. Posted by markuspretzel on September 16, 2009 at 16:07

    Dear Stephen, please try to get your facts straight before replying to posts. The Great Dane CAN run at 65 miles per hour and has even been known to outrun the cheetah. They did a test and the Great Dane won. Also, I do not wake and bake. The only bake I make is the lentil and mushroom bake. Or sometimes the chocolate cornflake cake. But never in the morning as I have important work to do. The crazy times for me are over. Take care of yourself, my friend. Peace, Markus x

  5. Posted by captainbucko on March 7, 2010 at 22:47


    I think I love you.

    Your pirate friend
    Captain Bucko

  6. Posted by brandon on March 10, 2010 at 09:54

    i would never keep a great dane in a tiny apartment,, they do need room just like he said before,,there to big to keep cramped up. and the part about them getting cold when your cold is not correct as far as my dog. hes always warm. even if hes out in the snow for an hour. we got snow this last month and he loved it. when he came in he felt like he was 100 degrees. never even fased him. i dont ever post on things like this but great danes are one of the best dogs ive ever had, what he said all sounds on the money to me… thanks for the posting markus

  7. This is the most awesome place to find dog facts!

    I’ve learned things I never knew!

  8. Posted by Kredyt on November 19, 2011 at 12:21

    Nice topic i think the same about it.

  9. Posted by Dan on March 1, 2012 at 14:03

    What a load of TOSH !!
    Vegetarian? Someone needs to tell mine cos she LOVES meat, and LOTS of people feed raw also known as barf, you also need to look at colours too. They CAN be kept in apartments as long as they get exercised and they are quite similar to greyhounds in the exercise department, they also sleep a great deal…like greyhounds…possibly because way back when, they were bread from greyhounds and english mastiffs for hunting, speed and size. I`m also not very convinced about 65mph.

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