Abbastan Great Danes: Premier Great Dane Breeder in New England
Great Dane Breed Information:
Great Danes are often called gentle giants, the “Apollo of dogs” for their stunning stature, and even couch potatoes for their laziness. If you’re wondering whether a Great Dane is the right dog for your home, this page is a great introduction to the breed. All of the information I share comes from the AKC’s breed standards (the standard I breed to with Abbastan Danes) and my own experiences.
If you’re interested in buying a puppy, please sign-up for our email list to receive updates on available litters. You can also reach me directly at (352) 860-2793 or reach out using this form.
How tall are Great Danes? How much do they weigh?
Our male Danes are typically 33 to 36 inches tall at the shoulder, and female Danes average 30 to 33 inches tall.
My adult males weigh 150 – 200 pounds, and Abbastan females weigh 130 – 160 pounds on average.
Are Great Danes good with children?
Danes aren’t small, that’s for sure! Despite their size, they’re actually great family dogs and are generally good with small children… if they’re socialized properly from an early age. This is why I bring puppies with me wherever I go and treat them like members of my family — they join for errands, social outings, and more.
In general, Great Danes are friendly, patient dogs who calmly handle their surroundings, including kids.
Do Great Danes have a lot of energy?
Most puppies are energetic and playful, and Great Danes are no exception. They tend to mellow out after 2 years, turning into low maintenance couch potatoes.
What is the average lifespan of a Great Dane?
The average life expectancy of a Dane is 7 – 10 years. So many factors go into the longevity of a dog, and I’ve had puppies live to 11 and 12. Most Abbastan Danes spend an average of 8 – 11 happy years with their families.
A puppy’s first months play a big role in their health as an adult dog. We feed specialty food for large dogs, and pay careful attention to potential bone issues. Abbastan Danes are also guaranteed against genetically predisposed issues and come with health certifications, plus a 1-year health guarantee. Taking these steps early gives every puppy a head start on a healthy life.
What should I look for in a Great Dane breeder?
The Great Dane is an ideal companion dog when bred and socialized correctly; it’s important to find a breeder who loves and appreciates these amazing dogs. That’s why I always say that you aren’t just buying a puppy, you’re also buying a breeder.
There are three main types of Great Dane breeders: backyard, agility, and confirmation. A backyard breeder might have many litters, take credit card or PayPal payments, and neglect to screen potential families. Agility breeders focus on athletic ability, so the dogs are leaner and more agile.
At Abbastan Danes, I breed to confirmation standards. That means my puppies tend to be larger and more muscular, with amazing angles. They’re a joy to look at, but their personalities and temperaments are also wonderful. I don’t breed for financial gain, which is why I highly recommend joining our email list to receive updates on puppies. You’ll be the first to know when a new litter is expected.
Can I adopt an older Great Dane?
If a puppy isn’t the right fit for your home, but you still love the breed, I strongly encourage adoption. You can search for breed-specific shelters, and Abbastan occasionally places Danes into their new forever homes. These dogs are usually between 2 – 4 years old.
If you’d like to be notified when an older Dane becomes available for adoption, please sign up here.
Should I show my Great Dane?
I fell in love with showing Great Danes the first time I stepped into the ring. If you’re interested in joining a lovely community of people who truly appreciate their Danes and the breed in general, showing can be a lot of fun!
Most Abbastan Danes are companion dogs, but if you’re interested in showing I encourage you to learn more. If you have any questions about showing your Great Dane, I’m always happy to help (my contact information is below).
Visit Abbastan Danes in Maine
If possible, I encourage you to come out for a visit to our home in southern Maine, where you can meet our Dane family and learn more about the breed. You can call me directly at (352) 860-2793 or reach out using this form.