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Great Dane - Appearance & Grooming

Source: PetWave, Updated on July 16, 2015
Great Dane

Appearance

Great Danes are very large, elegant and muscular dogs. They stand upwards of 30 inches at the shoulders and weigh anywhere from 120 to 150 pounds. The Great Dane comes in several colors inclughing fawn, brindle, black, blue, harlequin or mantle. Though they are massive dogs, they should be square in proportion, with the length of the body matching the height. They have rectangular heads. They have high-set ears of medium size, which are often cropped. If not cropped, the ears fold forward, toward the cheek. The long tail tapers to a point and should never be cropped.

Size and Weight

The preferred height for male Great Danes is 32 inches at the shoulder, or higher. Females should stand 30 inches or taller. Show dogs will be disqualified if they are male and stand less than 30 inches, or female and stand less than 28. Males average weight spans from 135 to 150 pounds and females fall anywhere between 120 to 135 pounds.

Coat and Color

The short haired Great Dane cat comes in one of six colors: fawn, brindle, blue, black, harlequin, or mantle. Fawn dogs are gold with black masks, Brindle coats are fawn and black intermixed all over the body in a tiger-stripe pattern. Blue is actually a gray coloring, harlequin is white with irregular black patches over the entire body. Mantle Great Danes are black and white with a solid black blanket over the body.

Grooming Needs

Great Danes, despite their short coat, are heavy shedders. Flyaways can be kept under control through weekly brushing with a firm bristle brush. Bathe a Great Dane as needed. Some owners prefer to use the services of a professional groomer for baths and nail trimmings, as bathing a Great Dane can be a daunting task, especially if the dog is uncooperative.

Check the ears regularly for signs of irritation, infection, or wax buildup. Clean the ears with a cotton ball and a veterinarian-approved cleanser. Never use a cotton swab on a dog's ear canal. Brush teeth weekly (or more) to prevent tartar buildup and keep bad breath at bay.

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