Great Dane Size - First Hand
Oh yes.. the Great Dane size factor!
Adult Great Danes from a physical perspective are indeed giant!
There are actually certain breeds of ponies that are smaller! A mature Great Dane can rise to over 40-inches at the withers, weigh from 150 to 200-pounds and stand on its hind legs at 7-feet tall!
Don't be fooled or misled by the appearance of a young Great Dane puppy.
This cute mantle Great Dane pup will almost double its size within the next two weeks!
Failure on your part to properly raise and train this cute little guy will result in a variety of "size related" problems, this is a fact.
Spend a little while here at all-about-Great-Danes.com and learn the tricks, techniques and methods that have helped us "grow our Danes" into respectful, well behaved giants.
All the better, you will end up with a view of the Great Dane as if you personally came to know this incredible canine companion.
From a Practical Point of View..
Those unfamiliar with Great Dane size and the intimidating stature often enquire, you must have a big house, how big is your yard?
I will admit that at times, the size of our Dane makes maneuvering within our home cumbersome. Not sure if it's because of our boys size, or the average home in which we reside. Owning a home with an open floor plan is a benefit! Small rooms, corridors and entries often result in "bumping", or a change in your desired path.
Fortunately, Great Danes have a "built in" reverse gear. My family and I often laugh, when our Dane "backs up", one of us will emulate a beeping-sound, like a delivery truck backing from our driveway.
I will admit that Great Dane size seems to play a factor when traveling, especially on road trips which are more of a challenge if you aren't armed with a mini van, extended cab pick up, or full size SUV. Many dog friendly hotels will not accept a Great Dane so it's good practice to call in advance and let them know your dog is a Dane.
Here we have an awesome comparison Great Dane size with this Dane, Doberman, Rottweiler trio.
Tip, the Dane is the big one:)
For more on Great Dane size and development, don't miss our Great Dane growth chart:)
Would you believe, we were once kicked out of a Home Depot? My young daughter, holding Bruisers lead while I was loading a lumber cart.
All the while smaller dogs where being carted around like they were frequent shoppers!
As I asked the security guards "why?", they responded, "He's too big and is scaring customers!". Little did they know that the Chihuahua tucked under my jacket was really upset ;)
The interesting thing is..
If you get a puppy, grow with it, live, nurture and enjoy the experience each and every day, you wont see a mature Great Dane size as big! It's the weirdest thing, all the comments, "he's huge", "wow", "oh my gosh", are all too funny actually.
Great Dane size is trivial once you "grow up" with a Dane. Somehow, someway, this breed will achieve a mature stature and size that in an odd sense seems normal. Training and conditioning is key however, should your Dane develop behavioral problems, your view of the Great Dane size factor will increase exponentially.
Take a look at this mature male, at a normal stance he can easily clear your counter tops or table.
If not taught proper "in house" behavior, a simple bottle of diet pills, a knife, or hot frying pan are easy picking and can all become hazardous to your Great Dane.
Reflecting on life with a horse size dog, "in others eyes that is", and in hind sight. We've never had a problem with the size of our big guy, he is quite and stealth while sneaking around the house at night. Loud and thunderous when running, jumping, playing and excited. Small, gentle, tiny and unobtrusive while engaging our smaller pack members.
Great Dane size is a "7'th wonder" to those non aware or familiar with our breed. For people that care for, or own a Dane, it's like knowing a normal sized dog.
Once you get to know your Great Dane size isn't even a factor. Although others will stop, stare, comment, it's like owning any other dog. You'll be bewildered when you find your massive canine has somehow figured a way to curl up on (1) couch cushion. You have to live it to believe it.
What a ride! (No pun intended)