This elegant gentle giant was originally bred for hunting and to guard property.
The breed is generally affectionate and greatly enjoys family life. Danes are not very active but need lots of space because of their size, as well as unhurried, regular walks. These dogs should never be exercised on a full stomach as they can develop painful and even dangerous intestinal torsion.
Their tendency to dig and bark are low making them a relatively popular breed to welcome to the family, provided there’s enough space.
In training these dogs can be stubborn and might need an extra treat or two as encouragement.
The Great Dane is generally good with other animals especially if raised together, but some can be dog aggressive. Early and ongoing socialisation is therefore very important.