The Great Dane is one of the two tallest breeds of dog, alongside the Irish Wolfhound. Different sources report different countries of origin for the breed; some refer to Germany while others claim Denmark is its home.
The breed is incredibly large and usually weighs between 100 and 120 pounds. The minimum height of the Great Dane is 28 inches, but some have measured up to 42 inches tall. The coat of the Great Dane is short, and one of six colors and patterns: fawn, brindle, blue, black, harlequin, or mantle. The breed often has cropped ears.
The Great Dane is incredibly friendly, despite its daunting appearance. It usually shows an excellent personality towards other pets as well as strangers and children. The breed can be aggressive at times; however, this is a rare occurrence.
The breed can live up to 16 years of age. It may have several health problems which include: gastric volvulus, gastroplexy, hip dysplasia, dilated cardiomyopathy, yeast infections, staph infections, as well as the possibility of being deaf or blind.