Black Great Dane: What You Didn’t Know

The Black Dane is a popular family dog everywhere in the world

You probably have already heard about the black Great Dane. It’s a color variation of one of the largest dog breeds in the world. This combination makes the black Great Dane look intimidating, to say the least. However, don’t worry. At their core, black Great Danes are complete sweethearts.

Originally, Great Danes come from Germany. Which explains their other two names: Deutsche Dogge and German Mastiff. They look powerful and fierce, with their large muscular bodies, large size and elegant balance.

This is a short-haired working dog, originally used as a hunting dog. Today, many people own Great Danes as family dogs, because they truly are gentle giants. However, just like with every other large hunting dogs, you will have to take some precautions.

While many fans of the black Great Dane believe that they know everything that there is to this breed — there are still some things that they might don’t.

In this article we will go over some less known facts about the powerful black Great Dane.

What makes them black?

How does a black Great Dane become black? Well, most commonly when to already black Great Danes mate — they will produce black Great Danes puppies. However, two black . Great Danes can also produce a blue Great Dane. Most black Great Danes aren’t full black. Instead they are born with mild to moderate white fur on the body, typically on the chest and toes. This color combo is usually found when a Harlequin/Harlequin or a Harlequin and Black breeding occur.

AKC requirements for a black Great Dane

AKC won’t consider a Great Dane with any other color markings, including white, to be qualified as a true black Great Dane. Another unacceptable issue with trying to obtain a black Great Dane is by breeding a Brindle and a Black Fawn color combination, as well as a Fawn and Black together. These combinations often produce black offspring, however, it is not acceptable with the AKC.

Why everything looks better in black — even the Great Dane

If you’re wondering why black Great Danes are so popular — it’s pretty simple. Everything looks better in black, even the Great Dane. The black color of their coat makes it shine and glisten a bit more, showing off every muscle on their body. The dog appear exceptionally muscular, which can they make a better candidate at dog shows.

Do their ears get cropped?

Most people who own Great Danes, still choose to keep with the traditional look of the breed and have the ears cropped. Originally their ears were cropped in an effort to help prevent injuries to their ears when they were hunting. The cropped ears helped prevent the dogs’ ears from getting snagged. Even though some people let the ears grow and fall naturally into their place, many don’t consider this the traditional look of the dog.

The biggest dog in the world is still a lap dog

If you own a black Great Dane, then you probably already know that they are basically just big babies. They are loving and affectionate, and they often times do not realize their own size. Great Danes prefer to be close to their owner and are known to try to climb into their owner’s lap while sitting on the couch. They are often referred to as largest lap dog and if you want to own one of these dogs, definitely buy a big couch.

Sometimes they can get aggressive, but only when scared

It’s incredibly important to train and socialize Great Danes as soon as possible. When it comes to strangers, black Great Danes can feel pretty uncomfortable around them. If a Great Dane, or black Great Dane begins to feel fearful, they can start to act aggressively. Especially if they aren’t trained well or socialized from an early age.

Possible health issue of the black Great Dane

Large dog breeds often have health issues small dogs don’t. The most common one being hip dysplasia. Other health issues include bloating, and also heart conditions that can largely shorter their life expectancy. Another less serious health condition is Wobbler disease. This condition develops due to the fast growing pace of a Great Dane. It causes the vertebrae to push up against the spinal column, that then makes the legs weak.

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