10 Things You Didn’t Know about the Blue Great Dane
The uniqueness of a blue Great Dane is one of the most exciting aspects of the dog. Its gorgeous steely blue coat is something that no other dog can boast, and it makes it exceptionally special. It’s an eye-catcher, and it’s a dog that you’re going to fall in love with at first sight. What’s even more special about this breed is the fact that they come in several different shades of blue.
The steely blue is one of the most desired shades, but this breed also comes in shades of charcoal and even slate. The only way to ensure that a Great Dane puppy is blue is to breed two adults.
The only way a dog will be born blue is if both parents have this recessive blue gene. Otherwise, it’s going to be born your standard Great Dane puppy – not to say there is anything wrong with your average Great Dane. The blue Great Dane is one of the most beautiful dogs in the world. Tall, strong, agile and beautiful; it’s a dog that will turn heads and cause people to look twice.
It’s an intimidating dog thanks to its size, but it’s a kind one. It’s this dog that is going to come into your life and love you for the duration of his. He’s lovable, sweet and very friendly, but he does not realize that he’s not a lap dog; so get ready for some surprising moments.
1. They are Leaners
What’s fun about this breed is the fact that this is not a dog that’s content to simply stand beside you. This is a dog that’s going to make it his goal to lean right into you. He’s going to knock you over, knock you off balance and make you crazy on a regular basis.
He knows he’s large, but it’s never going to fail to surprise him when he leans into you to make contact and show affection and he knocks you over.
He will give you a look that says, “What just happened you silly clumsy human?” and act as if he had nothing to do with the fact that you just fell over.
This is the kind of dog that’s going to always find himself completely innocent, and he’s never going to stop. He’s very affectionate and loving, and he just can’t help but want to be close to his people at all times.
2. It’s a Ferocious Dog
Believe it or not, they hav the ability to be one of the most aggressive dogs in the world. They’re not aggressive for the fun of it, however. They’re aggressive when they need to be.
For example, a blue Great Dane is going to detect danger and do what it needs to do to protect its home and family. It is not the kind of dog that will stand idly by as danger creeps up on its loved ones or home.
It will bark, it will growl and it will attack – thought the blue Great Dane will wait until it is ordered to attack or until danger is too close for comfort. Its protective instinct turns this dog from a lovable companion to a ferocious beast in a second because it’s so protective.
It’s important that you understand that these dogs are not mean dogs. They simply understand when danger is near and they become ferocious.
They will not attack your children or your friends or arbitrarily attack the mailman. When they are threatened or you are threatened, however, they will not hesitate to go from kind and sweet to absolutely terrifying. The other good news about these dogs is that they are so large, most people won’t even take the time to go near them.
3. It Has a Sixth Sense
They say that many dogs develop a sixth sense, and the blue Great Dane is one of them. These dogs have a sixth sense for danger and they are very good at detecting it. They seem to be able to recognize a stranger as someone who is kind or someone who is not.
Even without any other reason to believe that someone is dangerous, this breed is going to know when someone is not the kind of person that should be around your family or your children.
For example, they will bark when anyone comes to the door or down the driveway, but he will begin to growl dangerously when he recognizes the person as someone without good intentions. Otherwise, he will simply bark to alert his family that there is someone approaching.
4. They Grow Quickly
These are dogs that are born relatively small and adorable, but they grow really fast. In fact, they grow a lot faster than most other dog breeds. For this reason, owners should be very careful not to feed them too little or too much, and they must exercise these dogs on a regular basis.
The blue Great Dane is the kind of dog that requires five to six small meals each day and frequent exercise.
They will become very tall very fast, in just a matter of weeks. Feeding them larger meals throughout the day is going to encourage these dogs to become overweight and lethargic. Additionally, they need at least one long walk each day as well as plenty of time outside. Being kept inside is not good for these large dogs.
5. Indoor Living is Bad for them
One of the most surprising facts about the blue Great Dane is the fact that being indoors for long periods of time is not good for them. This is surprising because there are so many breeds of large dog that manage to live indoors without issue.
However, while this is a dog that’s going to want to sleep indoors and live indoors in general, it’s not one that can be left indoors for long periods of time.
These dogs require space to run and exercise, and they will be unhappy indoors for long periods. In fact, they are so unhappy indoors for long periods of time that it can affect their temperament in a very negative manner.
Blue Great Danes that are not taken outside several times a day and given a chance to run free and play will become lazy, overweight, unfriendly, and even depressed. Doggie depression might seem like something to giggle about, but it’s a serious health condition that can have lasting effects on your pup.
6. They Only Train Well as Puppies
The one thing that all blue Great Dane owners should know about their new dog is that there is only one really good time to train a blue Great Dane, and that’s when the dog is a puppy. There is not time to wait to train a dog of this manner. They are eager to learn and happy to please, but they are not going to change their ways as they get older.
It’s imperative that blue Great Dane owners take the time to ensure their dogs are well-trained as puppies. Otherwise, the window of opportunity closes and it becomes difficult to train an adult. It’s not impossible, but it’s very difficult and oftentimes not even a possibility. Blue Great Danes are very easily trained as puppies.
They are very intelligent dogs with very keen minds, and they’re not going to be difficult to train. The only catch is that you simply have to train them early. Waiting can make it very difficult to train them later on. They’re very stubborn animals that will get used to the way things are as puppies and resist change as they grow older.
7. They Need their Teeth Brushed Daily
Blue Great Danes are dogs that need frequent dental care. What does this mean? This means you are going to have to get up close and personal with your blue Great Dane every single day at least once. They are very prone to dental infections and other oral health issues, including bad breath and infection.
This means you need to invest in a doggie toothbrush and some mouth cleaner safe for your dog – your vet will be able to recommended something for you – and brush your dog’s teeth every single day. It’s best if you take the time to brush his teeth in the evening once he’s finished eating for the day. Not taking adequate care of your blue Great Dane’s teeth on a daily basis can cause several unfortunate health problems.
Gum disease, decay and cavities and exceptionally bad breath are just a few of the issues you might have with your dogs if you don’t take care of your dog’s teeth every day. If you believe that your dog already suffers from any of these issues, you’ll need to contact your dog’s vet immediately to make an appointment. Your vet can help you diagnose any health issues in the mouth and help correct them as quickly as possible.
8. They Have Some Health Issues
The Blue Great Dane is not an unhealthy dog. Of course, any dog can actually be an unhealthy dog if it’s not well taken care of. Additionally, it’s virtually impossible to know if a dog is going to grow up and develop a health issue. However, the blue Great Dane is a bit more prone to certain health issues than other dogs.
Hypothyroidism, Von Willebrand’s disease, tumors and bloat are just a few of the health issues that a blue Great Dane might be more prone to experience. This does not, under any circumstance, mean that your dog will definitely suffer from any of these health issues. However, it does mean you should regularly keep your dog’s appointments with the vet and ensure that he or she remains healthy by feeding them correctly, exercising them regularly and having anything questionable checked out right away.
9. It Might be Part Wolf
This might be one of the most interesting and little known facts about the blue Great Dane and Great Danes in general. They’re a very old breed, believed to have been introduced more than 400 years ago in Germany. This is a dog that is very large, as you well know. They become very tall and they are very lithe.
However, most people are completely unaware of where they developed and how they were bred. It’s not proven, but it’s believed that the Germans began breeding wolfhounds with mastiffs to create a large dog that wasn’t as bulky or large as a mastiff. There are traces of both dog breeds in the Great Dane’s lineage and their looks and temperament, so it only makes sense that this breed might come from this type of parentage.
They were bred because the Germans were looking for a large animal that would successfully hunt boar and work as a guard dog, and it worked for them to create this kind of dog.
10. They are People Dogs
Some people describe themselves as a “People Person,” and it’s the same for dogs. The blue Great Dane is a “People Person,” if you want to get technical. This is the friendliest and most loyal dog you will ever find. This is a dog that only wants love and affection, and needs frequent interaction with his humans.
He will not take kindly to being ignored, being left outside by himself or even being left inside by himself. This is the kind of dog that will want to stick to his owner like glue. Sometimes this can be a bit of a problem when you consider the fact that a full grown male weighs an average of 160 pounds, and when he decides he wants to be close to his owner and sits on his lap, it gets a bit heavy.
These are dogs that know full well they are large, but they don’t care when it comes to affection and love. They have no problem hopping on the couch to cuddle, even if it’s nearly impossible.
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The *Blue* Great Dane is no different from any other colour in the Dane family and in actual fact are Dilute Blacks..The do very well indoors being known as ‘couch potatoes and in general are fed 2/3 times a day..
As for a Dane changing temperament if he isn’t permitted to bowl along outside several times a day, so become depressed, overweight and lethargic, is absolute nonsense.[People have been known to actually work and leave their Danes home and happy and well adjusted dogs they are!!] .Puppies, by rule of thumb,. should be exercised 5 minutes for each month of their life until the growth plates close at 18 months..Failing to do this can compromise growth by affecting joints etc- Sure they need a long walk daily, when full adults….Most dogs do!
They do grow rapidly but not over a matter of weeks..That takes many months and the won’t realise their full height or weight until they become full adults, 2/3 years old, although many can gain full height by the age of one..
Ferocious and aggressive when they feel the need to protect?..Now that may vary from Dane to Dane although like ANY other dog he may very well protect when necessary but it is not necessarily true of them all..AND IF one does knock you over, believe me THEY KNOW
GD’s should NOT be exercised 2 hours before and after eating.[5 meals a day could make that very difficult] .THIS can lead to Bloat which can be fatal if the dog isn’t taken to the vet immediately..Heart Disease is a big killer in Great Danes and its usually genetic..Danes who are genetically predisposed to this are second only to the Doberman in numbers..But it IS a major problem in the breed and always fatal..Joint problems, hip problems..HOD, OCD, arthritis, Entropian or Ectropian are also problems to name a few..
Yes they ARE people dogs. That’s why we love them
The *Blue* Great Dane is NO different to his brothers or sisters..Fawns, Merles, Harlequins, Mantles, Blacks, Brindles or any other colour connotation..
When writing about a specific dog [colour nothwithstanding]..One should do their homework and write about the BREED. Not one specific colour, implying that that colour only presents the traits you have mentioned above..Also Blues can be thrown if the parents [ie Blacks] carry the recessive gene for Blue..Black and Blue can produce both colours..Two Blues can carry for Black so can also throw both colours..
Tiffany, I don’t know who gave you your “facts” but please do more research before writing articles about dogs! The misinformation can lead to dogs being miserable and unhealthy, and people getting hurt.
Great Danes (no matter what color, Blue is just one of the many colors as Kim explained) should not be aggressive, although they are often protective. If not properly socialized – or if poorly bred, from aggressive parents – they *can* be aggressive and that is dangerous for everyone! No dog can tell the difference between an intruder, or the mailman, or your neighbor’s kid without careful supervision and training. And certainly, NO DOG will “wait until ordered to attack” unless it has been specifically and carefully trained to do so. And that’s not easy, ask anyone who trains military or police dogs. The breed standard calls for a dog who is not fearful but is gentle.
living is NOT “bad for them” – as you said yourself later on, they are
people dogs and just want to be with their family. If you are inside,
your Dane wants to be there with you. We see many Danes in rescue who
have been left in a back yard, they feel abandoned and can become
Like ANY dog, Danes can be trained at any age – in fact, training really should continue for the life of the dog anyway. Of course, many things are easier to teach when they are still small, and haven’t learned a lot of bad habits. But it is never, ever too late for a dog to learn new things.
And no, of course they are not “part wolf”!! At least, except in the sense that like all domestic dog breeds, they are descended from a wolf-like ancestor tens of thousands of years ago.
Please in the future, when writing about dogs consult someone who has a lot of experience with them (training, teaching classes, breeding quality dogs) or consult a breed club or a national kennel club.
If you are considering a Great Dane, do your research first. Doesn’t matter the color of the Dane, they’re the same. Here’s a TERRIFIC resource for actual proven information.