Very large but very gentle, this is truly a great dog.
Height: 28 to 34 inches at shoulder
Weight: 100 to 200 pounds (males average 160 pounds, females average 115 pounds)
Coat: short and smooth
Life span: 7 to 10 years
Breed Group: Working Dogs
Oh, baby! A Great Dane is truly a great dog--large and noble, commonly referred to as a gentle giant or as the "Apollo of dogs." Apollo is the Greek god of the sun, the brightest fixture in the sky. The Great Dane certainly holds stature in the dog world; but though he looks terribly imposing, in reality he's one of the best-natured dogs around. For all of his size, a Great Dane is a sweet, affectionate pet. He loves to play and is gentle with children.
Great Dane profile on DogTime.com
Amount of shedding
Tendency to bark or howl
Potential for weight gain
Affectionate with family
Good for novice owners