Are you considering a Great Dane as a pet? Here are a few handy things to know before you buy -
1. They are scared of almost everything
Take them to the beach and people will avoid you thinking your dog might hurt their little dog. The truth? The Dane will shake and nearly wee their pants if that big tough pug approaches.
2. They like to be close-very close
If you are standing, they will come over and lean on you. If you are watching TV they will hang their head in your lap. If you want to move forward, chances are they will sit on your feet. If you are sitting down they may attempt to climb into your lap. They have no understanding of how big they are.
3.They need very little exercise
While they can move very fast when they want to ( e.g. running away from a bug) they are not built for endurance. A ten or fifteen minute walk to get them out the house will usually be sufficient. The rest of the time they will happily lounge around and potentially make the perfect apartment dog ( as long as you aren't tripping over them as they rarely move out of your way.)
5. They don't eat as much as people think
Because they aren't a high energy breed they tend not to eat much more than a labrador however should they go through a period of stress and they start to lose weight it will happen fast and they will go from slim to a bag of bones in the space of a fortnight so its always important to keep a close eye on their weight
4. They are gentle giants
They rarely barge through doors, snap food out of your hand or stray far from you. They love to smooch, schmooze and sleep - then do it all again, generally in that order. They are really good with small children and babies however loud screaming older kids will make them flighty. If this kind of thing happens on floorboards it is worthy of a funniest home video as their long barbie legs slide out and they freeze like a cat thats about to fall into water.