An American Great Dane is actually a German breed of dog whose origin dates back to the Middle Ages. It is one of the giant working dogs, often used in hunting and as a guardian, and is one of the tallest breeds, according Animal Planet.
A Great Dane likes spending time with their owner and soon becomes a member of the family. By making sure your Great Dane gets exercise and is fed appropriately, you can ensure his mental and physical well-being.
According to Rocky Mountain Great Dane Rescue, a Great Dane, on average, lives between seven and 10 years. However, some live until age 13 or 14.
The six main types of Great Danes are black, blue, harlequin, mantle, fawn and brindle. Harlequin Great Danes are white with black patches, and mantle Great Danes are black and white with solid black torsos.
Many factors, including breeder history, bloodline and color, contribute to the cost of a great Dane puppy. Average prices range anywhere from $700 to $3,000, although puppies can be purchased from shelters for less than $300.
The Great Dane was bred by German hunters to primarily hunt wild boar. Eventually, the breed was also used to hunt bear and deer. The Great Dane was originally a cross between an Irish Wolfhound and an Old English Mastiff.
"The Great Dane Lady" is a nickname for canine nutritional consultant Linda Arndt. Arndt is also a published writer, and her work can be found in "DaneWorld Magazine," "Pet Health News" and "The Great Dane Reporter."