Village Animal Hospital

Great Dane

Great Dane

Basic Great Dane Information

  • Lifespan: 7 - 10 years
  • Height: 28 - 30 inches
  • Weight: 110 - 180 pounds


Medical Conditions Seen in Great Danes


Great Dane Traits

  • Joggin Partner
         
  • Lap Dog
         
  • Good with Children
         
  • Warm Weather
         
  • Cold Weather
         
  • Grooming Requirements
         
  • Shedding
         
  • Barking
         
  • Ease of Training
         


Great Dane History

  • The Great Dane probably originated in the Middle Ages as a combination of strong mastiff-like war dogs and swift greyhound-like dogs. The combination made for a big-game hunter of great speed and strength.
  • By the 1300s, they were popular with nobility in Germany as unrivaled hunting dogs and imposing estate guardians.
  • It's not clear when the breed made its way to England, where it was initially called the German boarhound, and later, Great Dane.
  • Nobody knows the origin of the name, Great Dane, especially because the dog is not Danish. In 1880, German dog authorities declared the name should only be Deutsche dogge, the name by which it still goes in Germany.
  • The Great Dane came to America in the late 1800s, where it immediately attracted attention.
  • The AKC recognized the Great Dane in 1887.
  • The most famous Great Danes are cartoon characters Marmaduke and Scooby-Doo.


Great Dane Behavior Concerns

  • Makes a loyal and protective companion.
  • Playful and gentle with children, but its sheer size can make it not the best choice as a child's playmate.
  • Outgoing toward strangers.
  • Generally good with other dogs, but some can be aggressive toward strange dogs.
  • Generally good with other pets.
  • Learns quickly, but can be both sensitive and stubborn.
  • Does best with a firm owner who can combine reward-based training with good control and leadership.


Great Dane Suggested Exercises

  • Makes a calm and alert housedog, as long as it receives adequate exercise.
  • Requires daily exercise in the form of a long walk or short jog.
  • The Dane's short coat makes it intolerant of very cold weather.
  • Obedience training is essential not only for control, but for the mental exercise it provides.


Great Dane Grooming

  • Coat is short and shiny.
  • It needs only occasional brushing, once every week or so, to remove dead hair.
  • Shedding is average.


Suggested Great Dane Nutritional Needs

  • Great Danes tend to stay in good weight.
  • Adult dogs should be fed a balanced diet, with restricted calories if the dog starts to gain too much weight.
  • Puppies should be fed a large-breed growth food, which slows their growing rate but not final size. This may decrease the incidence or severity of hip dysplasia in adults.


Did you know?

  • Grapes and raisins are harmful to dogs.
  • Some dog parasites are transferable to humans.
  • Many common pet ailments may be detected early and prevented by visiting your veterinarian twice yearly - saving both time, money, and most importantly, ensuring the best quality of life for your dog.


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Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

Village Animal Hospital's is open Monday, Thursday, Friday 8AM-7 PM; on Tuesday, Wednesday 8AM-8PM; on Saturday 8AM-4PM; and on Sunday 8AM-2PM. If your pet has a medical emergency during our hospital’s hours, please telephone us immediately at 914-833-3600. Our experienced team of veterinarians, technicians and assistants are here to help you and your pet.

Our address is:

Village Animal Hospital
6 Weaver Street
Larchmont, NY 10538

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If your pet is experiencing a medical crisis when our hospital is closed, you may take your pet to either of following veterinary emergency hospitals in our vicinity:

Animal Specialty Center
9 Odell Plaza
Yonkers, NY 10701
914-457-4000
Open 24/7/365
www.animalspecialtycenter.com

The Veterinary Emergency Group
193 Tarrytown Road
White Plains, NY 10607
914-949-8779
Open nights, weekends and major holidays. Veterinarians on duty
Tuesday 5 PM through Thursday 8AM AND
Fridays 6 PM to Tuesday 8AM
www.veterinaryemergencygroup.com

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