Have you ever seen a Great Dane and thought that pup is the size of a mini horse? For us, this is a common thought when seeing Great Danes in public.
Recently, while visiting a local park, we came across a Great Dane standing next to their owner and they were so tall that they nearly towered over her without even standing on their back legs. This got us thinking about the height of the breed and wondering just how tall Great Danes can actually get.
And the answer may surprise you (or not, if you have ever owned one of these dogs).
How tall do Great Danes get?
According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), “As tall as 32 inches at the shoulder, Danes tower over most other dogs and when standing on their hind legs, they are taller than most people.” However, that seems more like a generalized average, as the heights can vary a bit between male and females of the breed.
It seems that males can range from 30 to 35 inches tall, whereas the females can be between 28 and 33 inches in height. And perhaps unsurprisingly, this also means that these dogs can also be a bit heavier than a smaller pup. The Great Dane is said to weigh anywhere between 110 and 180 pounds!
Honestly, if you have ever seen a Great Dane out in the wilds of the city, then you already know that these pups are tall. But they are also extremely friendly dogs, known for being gentle giants. It’s an interesting dichotomy, as Great Danes might look intimidating thanks to their larger sizes, they are very devoted to their owners, loving, and even affectionate.
If you are looking for a dog that knows how to snuggle, you may want to consider a Great Dane. And if you want a dog that will make you feel like you’re extra short, they can do that too.