A "gentle giant," the Great Dane is nothing short of majestic. Sometimes referred to as the "king of dogs," this extremely large dog breed is known for being strong yet elegant, with a friendly, energetic personality. Striking in the show ring, this breed is also popular as a family pet. Coat colors can be brindle, fawn, blue, black, harlequin and mantle

A Look Back
Historians claim that there are drawings of dogs that resemble the Great Dane on Egyptian monuments from roughly 3000 B.C. The earliest written description of a dog resembling the breed can be found in Chinese literature of 1121 B.C. The origins of the Great Dane as we know it today can be traced to the Irish Wolfhound with mixture of old English Mastiff. The breed was originally developed by the Germans to hunt boar, a ferocious animal. When no longer used for hunting, the breed changed to one of a companion and estate guard dog.

Right Breed for You?
Great Danes have gentle and loving dispositions, making them excellent family companions, but as with all dogs, they should be supervised around young children. Daily exercise is necessary, but their short coats require minimal grooming.

Source:  American Kennel Club - www.akc.org

Grooming

General: Great Danes are a short flat coated breed that sheds throughout the year, even in the winter time. Grooming is suggested for 4 – 8 week intervals to clean ears, clip nails, check anal glands and insure the coat and skin are in healthy condition.

Eyes: Eyesshould be alert and bright. Use Optisoothe during the bath to flush any foreign matter.

Ears: Monthly ear cleaning with Ear Care is advised to be sure no ear problems that might need vet attention arise. Only clean as far as you can see, never further.

Bathing:  Great Danes require 2 baths when you bathe them. The first bath should be a general bath, any of our Classic Care or Professional Care products are perfect. If your Great Dane has allergies or sensitive skin we would suggest a Hypo-Allergenic Coconut Shampoo and follow it with a medicated shampoo depending on your dogs needs. If your Great Dane has normal skin then the second bath you would want to pick one of our wonderful Scent Renewal shampoos and conditioners. Follow the bath with a conditioner or Luxury Remoisturizer to keep the coat in great shape.

Paws. Paw Balm should be used weekly as well, paw pads that are soft and pliable are less likely to dry and crack

Coat Care: Use Aloe Hydrating Spray between baths to control flaking and dandruff, especially in dry conditions

Show Dog Tips: Show Style’s Silky Show Shampoo and Conditioner will add silk proteins and shine to the coat as well as the Honey and Oat Shampoo. Show Style High Sheen Spray right before entering the show ring will add the little extra shine without any oily residue.

Tools: Shedding blade can be used to pull out the dead coat. Short coated breeds shed all year around and so they constantly need to be brushed.

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