As the name suggests, Great Danes are a sight to behold. These large and somewhat intimidating to look at dogs, surprise many when they learn they are devoted, friendly, loving, and gentle in temperament.
Given how symbolic they are as a dog breed, I decided to pull together some intriguing and engrossing Great Dane statistics.
#1 The Great Dane is the fifteenth most popular registered dog breed in the US, by rank.
#2 Wisconsin ranks as the state with the most interest in Great Danes, as of 2022. It leads West Virginia (2nd), Arkansas (3rd), Indiana (4th), and Iowa (5th).
#3 California has the most registered Great Dane breeders as of 2022 (22 active).
#4 The Great Dane is the fifth most popular registered working dog breed in the UK, behind only the Boxer, Rottweiler, Doberman, and Dogue De Bordeaux.
Despite their size, large frame, and inherent power, Great Danes are commonly kept as pets due to their easygoing nature, desire for affection, and patience around kids.
Although they were initially bred for hunting, today they are also kept as guards and security dogs.
#5 The average cost to buy a Great Dane puppy in the United States is $1,800. Although the typical range appears to be between $600 and $3,000.
#6 The average annual cost of a Great Dane is between $1,500 and $2,500.
#7 The average lifetime cost of Great Dane is $10,500 – $25,000.
#8 The average monthly cost of Pet Insurance for a Great Dane is between $48-$149 per month in 2022, depending on the insurance provider.
#9 The Great Dane is considered “the tallest dog in the world”.
#10 The average male Great Dane will stand at 76-86cm (29-33″) in height and weigh between 54-90kg (119-200 lbs)
#11 The average female Great Dane will stand at 71-81cm (27-32″) in height and weigh between 30-40kg (99-120 lbs)
#12 The average Great Dane will tower over most humans when they stand on their hind legs.
#13 The average Great Dane is not considered fully grown until they reach 18 months – 24 months of age.
#14 The average adult Great Dane will eat between 3-10 cups of dry food per day, depending on age, activity, and size.
#15 The average adult Great Dane will require a minimum of 120 minutes (2 hours) of exercise per day.
#16 The average life span for a Great Dane is as little as 7 – 10 years.
#17 Great Danes can possess three different types of eye shapes (almond, round with haw, and slant Mongolian), two different ear styles (cropped or uncropped), and two different nose shapes (correct or split nose).
#18 It is believed that the Great Dane traces back to 3,000 B.C; where these dogs were depicted in carvings, pictures, and writings created at the time.
#19 The Great Dane Club of America was established in 1891 to officially recognize the Great Dane breed.
Great Dane Attack Statistics
#20 Between the period 1982 and 2014, Great Danes ranked 11th in the most dangerous dog breeds (based on the number of dog attacks). During this time Great Danes were considered responsible for 37 attacks, three resulted in deaths.
#21 According to a 2021 study by Ohio State University, the Great Dane is among the bottom five breeds for bite risk. However, the average damage from Great Dane bites is considered much higher.
Hopefully, these Great Dane statistics help to give you a little extra understanding into this particular breed.
While they are popular dogs to own, due to their large size and natural power, early socialization and a strict training regimen are a must for any owner.
At the same time, this is a breed that experienced dog owners tend to do best with.
While they are highly affectionate, loving, and intelligent, and generally do well with children, it is still advised never to leave children unattended with these dogs.
As the Dane Attack Statistics suggest, an attack can be fatal should it ever arise.
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I am an experienced pet owner with decades of experience owning a number of different pets, from traditional pets like dogs and cats, to the more exotic like reptiles and rodents. I currently own a Cockapoo (pictured) called Bailey. I am also the main writer and chief editor here at Pet Educate; a site dedicated to sharing evidence-based insights and guidance, based on my vast pet ownership knowledge, experience, and extensive research.