Great Dane

Great Dane

Great Danes are large lovable dogs that need exercise and space. Many Great Danes are “leaners”– they lean against their people to be closer to them, seemingly oblivious to their size!

Illustration courtesy of the American Kennel Club

Quick Facts


Height

Male: 31-36in

Female: 28-33in

Weight

Male: 125-170lb

Female: 110-150lb

Fun Fact

A Great Dane called Zeus is the world record holder for the tallest dog, measuring 44in from paw to shoulder.

About this Breed

The Great Dane was originally bred to hunt wild boar, and was developed from Mastiff-type dogs. However, they are more refined than other descendants of this ancient breed.

With their tremendous size, it’s advisable to teach them good manners and attend puppy training classes. Because of their beauty and gentle nature, more and more people are discovering the Great Dane. They currently rank as the 24th most popular dog breed, according to registrations with the American Kennel Club.

Because of their size, they have a relatively short life span of around eight years old. That means they may take up a huge space in your heart but for only a short amount of time.

Great Danes on Embark

Explore some Embark dogs that share Great Dane ancestry.

  • JOE

    JOE

    Purebred

    Jaxson

    Jaxson

    Purebred

    Doutzen

    Doutzen

    Purebred

    Bruce

    Bruce

    Purebred

  • Kevin

    Kevin

    Purebred

    Forrest

    Forrest

    Purebred

    RGD

    RGD's Remy Reign

    Purebred

    River

    River

    Purebred

  • Winnie

    Winnie

    Purebred

    RGD

    RGD's Roman Royal

    Purebred

    Elsa

    Elsa

    Purebred

    Leia

    Leia

    Purebred

Most Closely Related Breeds

Favorite Names

For Males

  1. Zeus
  2. Max
  3. Duke
  4. Jax
  5. Apollo
  6. Groot
  7. Hercules
  8. Gus
  9. Hank
  10. George

For Females

  1. Luna
  2. Bella
  3. Lucy
  4. Harley
  5. Lola
  6. Daisy
  7. Piper
  8. Athena
  9. Abby
  10. Gracie

Common Locations

  1. Texas, United States
  2. California, United States
  3. Missouri, United States
  4. Ohio, United States
  5. Washington, United States
  6. Tennessee, United States
  7. Florida, United States
  8. Georgia, United States
  9. North Carolina, United States
  10. Illinois, United States

Discover Your Dogʼs DNA Story

Embark Dog DNA Test for Breed Identification

Breed Identification Kit

Breed ID Kit

Learn about your dogʼs breed, ancestry, and relatives.

$129

LEARN MORE

Breed + Health Kit

Breed + Health Kit

Learn about your dogʼs breed, health, traits, ancestry, and relatives.

$169

LEARN MORE

What's your primary interest in dogs?

Help us get you the most relevant information.

What kind of dogs are part of your family?

Help us get you the most relevant information.