Learn about the temperament and personality of the Great Dane. Discover what he’s like to live with, his traits and characteristics and how he generally behaves.
Great Dane Temperament
Known as the “gentle giant” and the “king of dogs,” the Great Dane was originally bred as a hunting dog but is now bred as an exceptionally large companion dog. And he makes a good one. He is a gentle, friendly, docile, peaceful, and a really, really big dog. He is exceptionally devoted to his owners, especially children. However, a six-month-old Great Dane puppy will outweigh a six-year-old child, so parents must be cautious that no one gets accidentally squashed. But the Great Dane is people-oriented and committed to pleasing them. They are playful, and will need to be walked daily, but their exercise needs are only moderate. They also love to nap with you, and will take over your couch. They might also go steal some food off the countertop before you wake up. They make good watchdogs, and are often reserved towards strangers, but in general, they don’t bark much. They get along well with other animals. They are trainable and do well in the competition ring. They are also quick to housetrain. (I know, thank God, right?) So, if you are looking for a dog that honestly believes he is a part of the family … if you are looking for a gentle giant to have in your home … who will be able to sit and look you in the eye at the dinner table … if you are looking for a peaceful, devoted companion who loves his family and home, then the Great Dane might be for you.
Great Dane Training
The Great Dane is moderately easy to train. He learns new commands at the average rate. He is neither difficult nor easy to train.
Great Dane Shedding
The Great Dane sheds a fair amount of hair. You’ll find hair stuck to your couch, carpets, clothes and everything else in your home.
Great Dane Grooming
The short coat of the Great Dane only requires an occasional brushing. But because he sheds you may find yourself brushing him once or twice a week to remove loose hair. (What you get out with a brush doesn’t fall out in your home!)