TLDR: When thinking about adopting your next dog, a Great Dane may not always be the first breed that comes to mind. But don’t let their size fool you. They’re great companions, wonderful in most homes and (most surprisingly) not as much effort as you might think.
There are few things in life as rewarding as owning a Great Dane. I’ve heard people refer to them as gentle giants (they are). Not only are they beautiful creatures, but they also have an incredibly loving and loyal nature.
Okay, they eat (a lot), and produce quite a bit on the other end (sorry!) – I wouldn’t change my Great Dane for anything.
While they may be a bit of a handful at times, the rewards of owning a Great Dane far outweigh the challenges. Here are just a few of wonderful things having a Great Dane brings.
1. They Make Great Companions
If you’ve ever seen Scooby Doo (yes, he’s a Great Dane) – you’ll know he’s never far away from Shaggy. One of the best things about Great Danes is that they make excellent companions. If you’re looking for a dog that will be by your side through thick and thin, a Great Dane is the perfect breed for you. They are incredibly loyal and will always try to make you happy.
2. They’re Great With Kids
Obviously, you should never leave any young child alone with a dog. All breeds need training and time to adjust to new people. But, another wonderful thing about Great Danes is that they are great with kids.
If you have young children, a Great Dane can be the perfect addition to your family. They are patient and gentle, yet playful enough to keep up with even the most active child.
3. They’re Protective
While Great Danes are gentle by nature, they can also be very protective of their family. If you’re looking for a dog that will watch over your home and family, a great dane is an excellent choice. They have a natural instinct to protect those they love and will do anything to keep them safe.
4. They’re Intelligent (though sometimes clumsy)
Great Danes are also very intelligent dogs. They are quick learners and are often able to pick up new tricks with ease. This intelligence also makes them great candidates for service dogs or therapy dogs. If you’re looking for a dog that can provide companionship and assistance, a great dane is a perfect choice.
BUT, they can be clumsy. And a bit naughty. Don’t leave them near the fine china – I learned that the hard way!
5. (In my opinion) They’re surprisingly low effort
A bit of a controversial opinion here – but my Dane is lazy – very lazy. Although he likes a good walk once or twice a day, he’ll spend a lot of time loafing on the sofa. Great Danes do like to laze. A lot.
6. They’re gentle
Last but not least, Great Danes are incredibly gentle creatures. Despite their large size, they are very gentle souls. They are loving and affectionate, and love to cuddle. If you’re looking for a dog that will shower you with kisses and snuggles, a great dane is the perfect breed for you.
Overall, there are so many wonderful things about Great Danes. If you’re looking for a loyal companion, a loving family dog, or a gentle giant to cuddle with, a Great Dane is the perfect breed for you.