On this page you can find plenty of information about great danes. Many infos are links to the website of the Association for Healthy Great Danes which I founded in 2018 together with other breed enthusiasts.

Life Expectancy and Frequent Causes of Death

The average life expectancy of the great dane is only around 6,5 years, while the most frequent causes of death are cancer, stomach torsion and heart diseases

Frequent Diseases

Stomach torsion, heart diseases and cancer are very common in great danes, whereas bone cancer (osteosarcoma) is the most frequent kind of cancer in the breed

Modern Breeding

A responsible breeder doesn’t only think about short term success or his own breeding line, but he always has in mind the whole population and thinks in generations

Classic Breed Type

The look of the great dane has changed immensely in parts of Europe in the last 30 years. The breed has deliberately been changed into a long-legged Mastino. This destructive hypertype trend has to be stopped.

The Merle Gene

The merle gene is an essential part of harlequin breeding. But only for 8 years the color “merle” is not disqualifying anymore in the breed standard.

Does a Great Dane fit to You?

How are great danes, what do they need and is it better to have a male or a female?