Breed Profile

Great Dane

Great Dane
Great Dane
The origin of the Great Dane has always been a controversial subject. Most of the credit is given to Germany, as they were basically responsible for the Great Dane as we know it today. History has proven that Dane-type dogs existed in Russia, Poland and middle Germany. In the middle ages large packs of wild boar roamed the European forests and it is well known that Royalty of the day formed packs of these large dogs similar to Great Danes and they became known as Boar Hounds, due to their capability of pulling the boar to ground.Over the generations, the Great Dane's nature has changed to the present day type that is known as the "gentle giant".


The average lifespan for the Great Dane is 9 to 10 years of age.


The Great Dane is an elegant and muscular animal, with a look of dash and daring, of being ready to go anywhere and do anything. Elegance of outline and grace of form is most essential. It carries its head and neck high with an alert expression and it has a powerful majestic action when moving.


Excellent. But it must be remembered that it is the owner's responsibility to keep their dog under control.


The coat of the Great Dane is short, close and sleek looking. Daily grooming of five to ten minutes will be ample to keep the coat under control. It has a single coat, therefore as the dead coat is falling out, the new coat is coming in.


It is a misconception that the Great Dane requires estate sized living quarters or a huge exercise area. It is quite happy living in a flat or unit, but they must be given exercise by walks or running if possible. Due to the exceptional quick growth of a Great Dane puppy, it should not be given too much exercise before 12 months of age. Make sure your property is well fenced. When away from your well-fenced property they should always be kept on a lead. The Great Dane can jump fences quite easily, but this is contrary to their nature.


If you have decided that the Great Dane is the dog for you and you are willing to care for a really big dog and all that that entails, then contact one of the groups listed below:

Recommended Breeders

Breeder NameKennelState 
Bev Rogers cosimadane great danes VIC Contact
Rory and Lyn Booth Rorlyn WA Contact
David Barnes Faondein QLD Contact
Alisha Watson Strykerdane VIC Contact
Rebecca Dugan Rebecca Dugan NSW Contact
Jennita Reid Jendarbory NSW Contact
Tracy Whiter Heradane SA Contact
Monica Roebuck AQUADANE & AKERZAIN QLD Contact
debbie everson hembold TAS Contact
CRYSTALQUIN GREATDANES WITT crystalquin greatdanes VIC Contact
Vicky Dawson Gastfrei QLD Contact
Stacey Thomas Mountaindane VIC Contact
Michelle and Philip Hickey Riesenhaft QLD Contact
jennifer bath swanline VIC Contact
Valerie Tapp stardayne SA Contact
Lauren Hamaty Danestorm NSW Contact
Mary-Jane Wasley Cymroz WA Contact
Deborah Selden ALDRIDGE NSW Contact
julie hyde stordansk NSW Contact
Michael Taggart Rebelwood NSW Contact
Brooke Hawkings IsollynPark QLD Contact
Tomi Foxx GrandHaven TAS Contact
Ane Bjornerem Eleganser QLD Contact
Aimee Wasley cymroz WA Contact
kirrily hansen kirrily NSW Contact
Lea-ann Gavel Taylea NSW Contact
sarah jones Okelani NSW Contact
Kathy Whitelock Manordane QLD Contact
Narelle Reynolds Jazzebella QLD Contact
Sally Gough Homerdane QLD Contact
Leanne Radcliffe brettcliffe VIC Contact
Tracy Wallage Danesworld SA Contact
Anna Schultze Invalhalla NSW Contact
Shontelle Davies Bremilie SA Contact
Trudy Heathwood Venustus NSW Contact
Kylie Paine Kysadaine SA Contact
Candice McLeod DarkMatter SA Contact
Victoria Lansbury OnyxDanes QLD Contact
Suzanne Brown TIKTOK WA Contact
Jasmin O'Grady Mojodanes NSW Contact

*** We have vetted and approved these independent breeders as meeting, at the time, our criteria for the reliable breeding, feeding, care and sale of suitable quality puppies of this breed. This does not mean that other breeders do not meet these criteria or are not otherwise suitable suppliers. Nor can our vetting and approval guarantee the quality of a breeder or puppy or that you will be happy with them. We disclaim any liability for the quality, acts or omissions of these breeders or their puppies and our approval of breeders is not a substitute for you making all appropriate enquiries and checks (including veterinary checks) before choosing a specific breeder or puppy.

Canine Clubs

Australian Capital Territory: New South Wales:
Dogs ACT
(ACT Canine Association Inc)
PO Box 815
Dickson, ACT 2602
Tel: 02 6241 4404
Fax: 02 6241 1129
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Dogs NSW
(Royal New South Wales Canine Council Ltd)
PO Box 632
St Marys, NSW 1790
Tel: 02 9834 3022
Fax: 02 9834 3872
(Details current as of 10/10/2013)
Northern Terrority : Queensland:
Dogs NT
(North Australian Canine Association Inc)
PO Box 37521
Winnellie, NT 0821
Tel: 08 8984 3570
Fax: 08 8984 3409
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Dogs Queensland
(Canine Control Council (Queensland))
PO Box 495
Fortitude Valley, Qld 4006
Tel: 07 3252 2661
Fax: 07 3252 3864
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
South Australia : Tasmania :
Dogs SA
(South Australian Canine Association Inc)
PO Box 844
Prospect East, SA 5082
Tel: 08 8349 4797
Fax: 08 8262 5751
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Dogs Tasmania
(Tasmanian Canine Association Inc)
The Rothman Building
PO Box 116
Glenorchy, Tas 7010
Tel: 03 6272 9443
Fax: 03 6273 0844
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Victoria: Western Australia:
Dogs Victoria
(Victorian Canine Association)
Locked Bag K9
Cranbourne, Vic 3977
Tel: 03 9788 2500
Fax: 03 9788 2599
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Dogs West
(Canine Association of Western Australia Inc)
Cnr Warton & Ranford Rds,
Southern River, WA, 6110
Tel: 08 9455 1188
Fax: 08 9455 1190
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)



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