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8 Problems Only a Great Dane Owner Would Understand

Written by: Arlene Divina
Arlene Divina, one of the content writers at IHD, loves going on adventures with her adorable fur baby. She now creates informative content for pet parents. Read more
| Published on June 6, 2023

Great Danes, often known as “gentle giants,” are loved for their endearing combination of size, strength, and tenderness. But owning one of these massive creatures comes with a set of unique and amusing ‘problems’ that only Great Dane owners can truly understand.

1. The Lap Dog Illusion

Great Danes seem oblivious to their enormous size. In their minds, they’re lap dogs, and they love nothing more than to attempt a full-body snuggle on your lap. This results in comical situations where your 150-pound pup is vying for space on your tiny couch or trying to climb onto your lap like a Chihuahua.

2. The Tail of Destruction

A Great Dane’s tail is like a domestic wrecking ball. At just the right height to swipe everything off your coffee table, it leaves a trail of destruction wherever it wags. Say goodbye to your neatly arranged magazines, and keep your hot coffee well out of tail’s reach!

3. The Slobber Situation

Great Dane owners are no strangers to slobber – it’s part of the package. These dogs can turn even the simplest drink of water into a drool-filled spectacle. Be prepared for slobbery kisses and to find yourself frequently wiping off drool from your walls, your clothes, and even your ceiling.

4. The Giant-Sized Expenses

Everything about a Great Dane is big, including the costs. From giant-sized beds and crates to monumental food bills, owning a Great Dane is like having a small horse. It’s always fun trying to fit that enormous bag of dog food into your shopping cart, isn’t it?

5. The Unmatched Growth Spurts

One day, you have a cute, manageable Great Dane puppy, and the next day, you wake up with a giant horse-dog. Their rapid growth rate is both astounding and amusing. You’ll find yourself constantly adjusting collars, upgrading beds, and marveling at just how quickly they outgrow everything.

6. The Horse Comparisons

Every Great Dane owner has, at one point, been asked if they’re walking a dog or a horse. And let’s not forget the amusing and constant references to Scooby-Doo! Just remember, it’s all part of the charm of having such a magnificent beast.

7. The Elevated Dining

Due to their height, Great Danes often require elevated feeding stations for comfort and to help prevent bloat. Watching them dine from their towering dishes can be a spectacle and often a conversation starter at parties!

8. The Bed-Hogging

Great Danes love to sleep, and they’ll usually claim the most comfortable spot – your bed. Be prepared for nightly negotiations for some blanket and a sliver of mattress space. You might own the bed, but your Great Dane rules it!

While these ‘problems’ might seem daunting, any Great Dane owner will tell you that the love and loyalty of these gentle giants make every squashed lap, drool-filled day, and horse comparison worth it. The true problem is trying not to fall in love with every Great Dane you see because let’s face it, there’s always room for one more… right?

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