Great Danes truly are HUGE. They are basically small horses that you can snuggle up on a couch with.
As one of the largest breeds in the world, you just never expect them to be so gentle-hearted and loving! They will hop into bed with you at the slightest invitation.
Making room in your home may not be the easiest for these giant friends, but it’s not hard to make room in your heart. Check out some of the best photos we could find that prove Great Danes are the greatest dog breed ever!
And when they end up in odd positions, it’s 10x funnier since they’re so big.
Just remember to check the assembly instructions on your dog before trying to put it together!
2. Smiling for selfies
These guys will be happy to go jowl to cheek with you though – they just love being next to humans. And it makes them the perfect selfie partner.
3. Size differences
Will they eat it in one bite? Step on it?
But the truth is, they’re pretty darn gentle and there’s plenty of Dane and kitten that have become best friends. (Though you do have to teach smaller things to stay out from underfoot.)
4. Fur cushion
They’re also wonderfully chill and will be happy to sit and watch TV with you.
If you’re small enough, they’ll be like a body pillow, happy to accommodate you however you want to lay on them (if they’ve been trained well, of course).
5. Missing a piece
This girl looks like she needs some more assembly.
6. The one and only!
But where’s the van? Did he go out for Scooby snacks alone?
7. Coffee clatch
(Those big bodies do need a soft, comfy place to lay after all.)
This is one of the larger Great Danes out there, but it looks perfectly willing to hang out and sip coffee with mom.
8. Like a deer, but goofier
Of course, should you actually meet a deer, your Dane might be thrown for a loop.
We’re not sure what happened here, but it’s hilarious.
9. Everything fits in their mouths
All fair game for a Great Dane’s huge mouth.
But like any other dog, you just have to train them to play with what’s appropriate. And, of course, you’ll be buying MUCH bigger dog toys!
10. Why you so smol?
Every now and then a Dane gets freaked out by a puppy (who doesn’t? those things are made of energy and yapping!).
But notice that he’s not aggressive – he has the size advantage but has managed to back up and let the pup check HIM out.
11. They melt
They’re so cute when they’re not full of drool.
If you think this is funny you should see one turn upside down to sleep!
It’s like he knows he’s the perfect puppy and is going to be a show dog someday (at least outside the U.S. where they don’t tape their ears for show).
And those paws! He’s going to be huge!
13. So much face
And when these dogs get the zoomies – boy, you better watch out and give them some space!
Their bodies don’t move all in the same direction when they run and turn corners.
14. The look of love
And, frankly, how could you deny this totally stunned “OMG, you have a carrot, can I HAVE a carrot?!” look?
Of course, they make this face about most foods, but a carrot you can usually share.
15. Learning how to dog
Sure, he’s sitting upright, but he doesn’t even know that as a Great Dane you need to take up every square inch of space you can.
16. Car pony
Of course, as with any dog, they should be taught how to behave in a crate for car rides to cut down on their chances of injury.
Hitting the breaks and having your big dog slip can have terrible consequences.
Just look at this big baby. She should make one of those beeping noises that trucks do when she backs up.
Then again, you come to expect this anyway if you have a Dane – no warning required.
They might not always behave when you tell them to do something, but when they’re ready to sit still they’ll certainly pretend to listen to your stories.
19. Pawsitively giant
And those claws? Get out the Dremel! Those can’t be groomed with regular clippers or a file – you need power tools or else you’ll have a tap dancer on your hands.
20. Snuggle space
And the size difference between mom and kiddos is something to behold. It only lasts a few weeks before they’re the size of plenty of other full-grown dogs, so enjoy puppyhood while it lasts!
21. Loveseat for one
A chair is too small.
They’ll happily take the couch, but you need somewhere for the family to sit!
22. What are you lookin’ at?
They’ll even cuddle – AND be gentle about it.
How sweet are these two (although the cat looks like it got drunk last night and is waking up somewhere it didn’t expect)?
23. Find your own chair
But when they’re just sitting around for a chat, they’ll gladly take the chair.
24. With age comes wisdom
It’s hard to see them age and get frail so quickly, especially at their size.
It’s the only downside to having a great, big dog.
25. The better to hear you with [but not necessarily listen]
But that’s illegal in some other countries and the practice among most Dane owners is going out of style since it’s considered cruel and pointless.
This is what many Danes look like naturally – their real ears are big and floppy!
26. Lucky 13
Most Dane owners can only dream of being so lucky.
That’s a lot of years of the best companionship ever.
27. Paws to grow into
And this guy looks like you better get that loveseat ready sooner rather than later!
28. Small dog, big dreams
Always enjoy puppyhood while you can.
Remembering when they were small will make you smile while you’re cleaning up after them as adults.
29. Growth spurt imminent
Danes have a very regal stature and their chests jut out and will out fully as they grow.
This little man is going to show the world how it’s done in a few months.
30. The old sage
For some reason, many Danes are perfectly fine to have something over their heads (whereas other dogs will shake it off).
It’s not an intelligence thing (as some people claim) – it could be that there’s more surface area and they like to be warm, or they don’t even notice it at all because it’s so light.
31. Eyes of innocence
Well, by the look on his face, he’s done something to earn it, but he also knows how to work the emotions.
Great Danes are smarter than you think when it comes to manipulating humans.
32. Two babies
We don’t blame parents who’d rather not risk putting their child around a large dog, but if you already own one, you have to develop trust at some point – and the earlier the better.
While it’s never a good idea to leave a little one alone with even the gentlest of animals, these guys look like two peas in a pod.
33. Man-sized best friend
In times like this (when it’s safer to be away from our friends), it’s nice to put your arm around a buddy just as big as you.
34. Limbs in every direction
You can’t simply throw a toy and expect them not to chase it like mad as any other dog would. And you can’t be mad when they knock stuff over.
They need some outdoor space to get exercise.
35. Half-in, half-out
In fact, there’s enough of him on both sides so that he can stand comfortably AND give a hug!
It appears she has a good teacher too.
But just wait until she weighs 120 pounds with that sass!
37. Little puppy, big paws
It’s not just because they’re still small, it’s because of the potential there. You never quite know just how big they’re going to get.
Some can weigh between 120-150 pounds, but many weigh much more and can easily put their paws on top of the refrigerator!
38. Blue beauty
And we have no doubt she’ll only become more beautiful as she gains another 100 pounds or so.
The only saving grace is that it’s a deeper sound and not a screechy one.
But this little pup probably doesn’t have his baritone or bass voice down yet, so we wonder what that howling sounds like.
Hearing a Great Dane howl for 10 hours during a drive is quite a soundtrack!
40. Friends of all animals
Just look at this pack of pups that adopted a TURTLE as one of their own!
We’re not sure this picture shows anything about their size, but how could we not show it to you? It’s so sweet!
41. But I am the baby!
In this case, the sweet Great Dane knows its mom is pregnant and is either cuddling with its future sibling or reminding mom that she already has a big, furry baby that she can’t forget to pay attention to.
However, occasionally you’ll see a sad story of someone not being able to care for their dog and mistreating it before a rescue brings it in. Those Danes can have all the same behavioral issues that any other mistreated and untrained dog has and are extra lucky when someone saves them.
Their size can really intimidate people if they haven’t been socialized.
So kudos to this man for giving this “little” boy a home!
Just got this little guy. He’s 6 months old and a rescue. He was skin and bones when my in-laws got him, but he doesn’t get along with the dogs out on the farm and they can’t keep him at their house in town long term, so we agreed to take him. My wife has wanted a great dane for years anyway, :-) from r/aww
43. The eyes have it
So you have to learn to be impervious to that Dane stare – it’s so cute you want to give them the world.
And in this case, we’d be positively hypnotized by it.
As long as they’re treated with respect (which requires an adult to be nearby), they’ll lay around and watch a kiddo play for hours.
45. Feline friend
This cat doesn’t get along with other felines, but it’s happy to go belly-up to its new doggy pal. She probably senses that she’s in good company.
Sometimes we’re comfortable in awkward positions – what can we say?
Be prepared for a REALLY big dog when you get a Dane – you just never know if you’re going to get a giant.
48. Walls can’t hold me back
But if it’s something they can put their paws up on, that’s a whole other story.
How would you react if you were walking by a big concrete wall and saw this face pop up?
49. Chin rest
Since this cutie doesn’t seem to be allowed beyond the stool (and they really do respect those boundaries most of the time!), she’s decided to warm the seat with her face.
We’d probably wipe the drool off of that first since a dog’s mouth will literally water if it smells something good.
50. Some space on the couch
Technically, the dog has already been “assigned” most of the couch by the size of the cover.
You’re going to have to work with what you’ve got left.
51. Baby face
And this little guy looks like he’s smiling – our hearts are melting just looking at him!
Too bad you can’t teach them to mow the lawn!
53. The silliest sleepers
And sometimes they have vivid dreams in which they’ll bark AND kick – so, enjoy!
We’re not sure what’s going on here – maybe dreaming of reaching for a snack?
54. Willing to let you lead
That doesn’t mean you should let your kid run up to a big dog (or a small one), but you don’t have to be immediately intimidated by them either.
55. Let the dog lead
These dogs are always happy to put their paws on your shoulder. Just beware of the kisses at that point. There’s no escape and they are soft but slobbery.
56. They’ve even cute when they’re naughty
But we’re more caught up on the size of his tongue!
Who doesn’t want some kisses from this cute boy?!
57. Say goodbye to your bed
Once they’re there, we don’t know if they’ll be moving much except to make themselves more comfortable.
If you’re really lucky they might employ the “Great Dane seatbelt” where they just lay across your whole body.
58. Big brother
And he looks like her fiercest protector.
59. Dog meets donkey
We would love to know what’s going through this dog’s head right now.
60. Doggie worship
And can you imagine how nice it would be to have your paws rubbed every day after carrying that much weight around?
61. The big one and the boss
But it’s not always the biggest one.
A Dane’s gentle nature allows it to respect the order of the household without throwing around its weight.
So next time you’re working from home and need help on that presentation, just give a whistle.
But with your own dog, things can be different – and they’re often just happy to have some face time with you.
64. Great goofs
This guy looks like he could take flight with those eats, Dumbo-style!
65. His version of comfort
This pup looks like it fell asleep in the middle of climbing onto the couch.
We’ve all had those days when we couldn’t even make it to bed we were so tired.
66. Who’s the boss?
But they do enjoy being all over YOU. So prepare for a head on your shoulder or a toy dropped at your feet if there’s a dog in the office.
67. Growth spurt
See what we mean by growing into those paws?
That’s just a year’s worth of love and attention. Now it’s time to fill out that chest.
68. Twin day
But seriously, do you wonder if they’re friends partly because they look so much alike?
69. Opposites attract
As long as Great Danes aren’t trained to be violent, they really are great around most smaller creatures.
It’s not a guarantee and requires lots of oversight, but once they know something is a friend, they’re friends for life.
70. Scooby don’t
It’s always a good idea to slowly teach them they’re safe around this stuff, but it’s hard not to get a giggle out of it first.
71. Weighted blanket
Now, if you want a blanket that doesn’t breathe, you might need to head to the store.
72. The huggable-est
And apparently, they’re baseball fans too!
The perfect dog!
Great Danes aren’t the ideal dogs for everyone, but we still think they are pretty amazing. They have the biggest hearts to match their size. They are gentle, sweet, and an amazing deterrent for anyone with bad intentions while you have your pup out for a walk! Hopefully, this list scratches the Great Dane itch for a while (or until you move out of that apartment and have the space for one)!
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