Giants are Among Us

Giants are Among Us

By Jeff Zitzkat

Many owners of large and giant breed dogs often overlook the physical size of their pooch.

Truth is, most people including dog lovers can be quite intimidated by a giant, or large breed dog. After all, big dogs are not for everyone, a large percentage of dog owners prefer small, or medium sized companions.

Ever here a grown man scream?

One afternoon while walking our Dane in public we approached a middle age man that was unaware we were coming up along side. The poor guy caught a glimpse of our giant dog and let out a scream you wouldn’t believe! Feeling sorry for the man we apologized then realized, we did nothing wrong! Unbelievably, the sudden unexpected appearance of our Great Dane was a shock in itself.

Further bias towards big dogs was evident one afternoon at our local lumber store. Previously witnessing smaller dogs being whisked around in shopping carts, we figured it would be fine to let our Great Dane come along and join the activities. Standing calmly on lead with my daughter, our dog was behaving perfectly. I began to load up the lumber needed for my Saturday afternoon project. Suddenly, we were interrupted by what looked like the entire store security staff! Being told there are no dogs allowed I quickly pointed at a Poodle in a cart further down the isle. After quarreling a bit, we were told, “he’s to big” and swiftly escorted out the front doors.

Most large breed dogs Great Danes in particular, are truly gentle soles that want nothing more than to be around people. Unfortunately, their size and appearance is too often fearsome to the average person. Large dog owners often forget the true size and stature of their dogs. Remember, many strangers will panic if your giant companion rushes towards the curb to say hello.

Asking in advance, or announcing your visit, will help avoid unforeseen and unexpected conflicts of the dog vs. human variety.

Owning a dog of this size requires training and socialization. Special attention should be focused on interaction and behavior around people as well as other animals.

Jeff Zitzkat, Copyright @copy

Jeff Zitzkat is editor and founder of

A life long Great Dane lover and current owner, Jeff has spent years researching the breed. Inspired by passion, was launched in April, 2005. A collaborative effort of a small group of fellow Great owners and breeders, providing a true on-line information resource, offering practical, first hand, breed related information.

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