Dane Shepherd

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Dane Shepherd History

The Dane Shepherd, also known as the Danish Sheepdog, is a working herding and draft type-breed of dog that originated in Denmark. The Geitost (or Danish) Sheepdog, a predecessor of the Dane, was imported into Denmark from Norway, and is believed to have mixed with the already well-established Norwegian Buhund. The Swedish Agria was probably also involved in the mixing of the ancestors of the modern-day Dane. This gave rise to the solid-colored, short-coated types which are now considered the modern version of the species. The Danes come in three varieties: the Herders, the Protection Dogs, and the Herding Dogs. In the 19th century, all three varieties were exhibited in shows.

Time of Origin


Country of Origin

United States Of America

Dane Shepherd Physical Characteristics

The Great Dane is one of the largest, oldest, and heaviest of the companion dogs. They stand at between 28 and 33 inches at the shoulders and weigh between 120 and 200 pounds. Their coats are either fawn, brindle, or harlequin (black and tan). They have a well-developed, muscular body and a long, narrow head. They have round, large, dark brown eyes. The ears are medium in size and the tail is hanging. The tail is carried up over the back or curved over the back when the dog is in motion. They are sweet-natured and dedicated to their family.

Eye Colors


Nose Colors


Coat Colors

Fawn, Black, Brindle, Blue, White, Cream, Gray, Sable

Height Range

Male Height Range: 28 – 30 inches

Female Height Range: 28 – 30 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 65 – 110 lbs

Female Weight Range: 65 – 90 lbs

Dane Shepherd Health

Description of breed health.


8-13 yrs

Dane Shepherd Health Concerns

Allergies, Hip Dysplasia, Bloat, None

Dane Shepherd Temperament and Behaviour

The Dane Shepherd is a calm, independent, and fearless dog that is highly intelligent. They are highly protective of their families and perform well as watch dogs and guard dogs. They are loyal to their owners and suspicious of strangers. Although they are protective of their families, the Dane Shepherd is very gentle and patient with children.

Dane Shepherd Activity Requirements

The Dane Shepherd is a cross between a German Shepherd and a Great Dane. These beautiful dogs are loyal, intelligent, and energetic. They are happiest when they are given a job and allowed to follow their instincts. A Dane Shepherd requires lots of exercise and stimulation. They are best suited to an active family who can give them the exercise and attention they need. A home with a fenced-in yard is ideal, but they will adapt to apartment life as long as they get regular walks. If you are considering a Dane Shepherd, be sure you are prepared to meet their exercise needs. This is not a dog that will be happy lying around the house. They are intelligent and should have a job to do. A well-fenced backyard is a must for this energetic pup.

Miles Per Day

11 miles

Activity Per Day

60 minutes

Daily Food

3 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Dane Shepherd is part of the Unclassified group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Dane Shepherd is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Dane Shepherd is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Dane Shepherd is part of the Unclassified group.

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