While searching for an appropriate dog crate, consider how big you expect your Great Dane to grow. Great Danes are known for how big they get.
Dog crates usually show a strength rating based on weight of dog.
Average weight of adult male Great Dane = 130-180 lbs
Average weight of adult female Great Dane = 110-150 lbs
Make sure your dog crate is a few inches higher than your dogs height.
Average height of adult male Great Dane = at least 30 inches. Most 32-35 inches.
Average height of adult female Great Dane = at least 28 inches. Most 31-33 inches.
A little about the Great Dane:
The Great Dane has always drawn a certain admiration. Perhaps from how big they get or perhaps from the strong presence they project. It’s no wonder that they have been referred to as the Apollo of Dogs. In the fourteenth century, these dogs had established themselves as excellent hunters in Germany. The ability to take down difficult to catch wild boars became well known.
The English first referred to them as German Boarhounds. It’s actually not known were the name Great Dane came from. Many people guess that because of the word Dane, that the dogs origins are Danish. This is not true. They are a German breed. In Germany, they are referred to as Deutsche Dogge. To the English speaking world however, they will always be referred to as the Great Dane.
The Great Dane came to America in the late 1800s. To this day it’s still a popular breed.
The Great Dane needs daily moderate exercise. Its needs are met with a good daily walk. Consider your dogs daily exercise requirements when figuring out your crate training schedule.
Great Dane exercise requirements = 2 out of 5
(5 being the breed of dog that requires the highest level of exercise)
The Great Dane is good with children and more often than not friendly towards other household dogs and pets.
Average life span of the Great Dane = 7-10 years
Dog crates combined with dogs not getting enough exercise will result in behavior problems. Dog crates work best when your dog is getting the exercise he needs. If you’re going to use a dog crate, make sure he’s getting that exercise.
Both you and he will be happier for it.