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Great Danes Are Guardians

The Great Dane breed was quite aggressive when it was used for hunting.  Today, most of that nature has been refined over many centuries of breeding.  The result – Great Danes who are highly social and want to please their owners.  But that sweet nature does not prevent Great Danes from being alert home guardians.  And to let the world know that one’s home is protected by one of these giant canines, many owners opt to have a Great Dane Statue in their yard to warn possible intruders.  Miscreants foolish enough to mistake the breed’s friendliness for placidness will meet a powerful foe of true courage and spirit defending its loved ones and their property.

Great Dane Puppy

Great Danes Need Training

Great Danes crave time spent with the people they love. More so than other breeds, Great Danes can become anxious when left alone for extended periods. If you have a busy schedule, it’s a good idea to provide human stimulation for your pet, such as at least a daily visit with a walker or visit from a friend.  Or you may want to consider a doggie daycare so that your Great Dane gets the stimulation and attention it needs.

To show affection, your Great Dane may want to sit on your lap or lean against your leg and sit on your feet. This can be a bit uncomfortable when your Great Dane weighs in the area of 200 pounds.  They can be trained out of this, and sit like a Great Dane Statue when you command.  But it’s still possible to get crushed by an errant paw or have breakable items destroyed by extreme tail wagging!  So, training is something that you can’t simply put off until unwanted behaviors become troublesome. It needs to start as soon as a Great Dane joins your family and be practiced several days per week at a minimum.

The Great Dane Attraction

If you’re an introvert, a Great Dane may not be the right dog for you.  Walking the Great Dane is bound to attract onlookers as Danes are simply attention grabbers due to their pony-like size.  On the other hand, if you’re actively looking to break out of your shell, then a Great Dane may be a great choice! A giant canine sidekick may be just the trick needed to help you break through your own social discomforts.  Their loving nature makes them perfect for getting plenty of attention at the park.  And if you’ve trained your dog to sit like a large Great Dane Statue while people are petting it, you may make a few new friends.

Great Danes Need the Right Food

It’s important to feed your Great Dane a high-quality dog food appropriate to the dog’s age – puppy, adult, or senior. It you do share human food, avoid cooked bones and foods with high fat content.  The number-one killer of the breed is bloat, where the stomach distends and twists. The causes of bloat aren’t fully understood, however here are some of the common risk factors for one to consider.  You can read more at Great Dane Care.

  • Age -The risk increases by 20% each year after the age of 3
  • Weight – Underweight Great Danes exhibit higher occurrences of bloat
  • Gender – Bloat occurs in slightly higher percentages for males than females
  • Personality -Danes with nervous, fearful, or aggressive personalities encounter higher rates of bloat
Great Danes made great ball players

The Most Famous Great Dane of All

Scooby Doo, the goofy Great Dane has been entertaining children and adults for over fifty years.  Scooby is a male Great Dane and lifelong companion of amateur detective Shaggy Rogers, with whom he shares many personality traits, predominately appearing cowardly and perpetually hungry.  In many of the cartoons, we see Scooby frozen like a large Great Dane Statue.  However, he always responds to an internal call to action when his friends are in danger.  

It took two pitches for the show to get a green light, with the original name being Who’s S-S-Scared.  The head of daytime programming claims that he changed the name to Scooby Doo from the syllables “doo-be-doo-be doo” in Frank Sinatra’s hit song Strangers in the Night.

Scooby Doo and his teenage cohorts have been the subject of numerous television series and animated films.  In addition, two live-action movies were produced in the early 2000s, the first of which grossed $275,000,000 worldwide.  Why this level of interest?  In The Atlantic, Christopher Orr posits the reason for the prolonged success of Scooby Doo and friends:  You don’t have to envision the group’s internal dialectic as the counterculture versus the establishment. The show’s longevity demonstrates that the metaphor of the characters” works equally well as outsiders versus popular kids. Or, most primally, as children versus parents.