Are Great Danes Hypoallergenic?

Written by Niccoy Walker
Updated: May 4, 2023
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These massive German dogs are one of the largest breeds in the world. Great Danes can weigh up to 175 pounds and reach nearly 3 feet tall. So, it’s a good thing they are considered gentle giants. They are obviously excellent guard dogs but can be remarkably playful and affectionate with their families and young children. If you plan on adding one of these lovable behemoths to your family, you may wonder if great Danes are hypoallergenic? Discover the answer, including how much they shed and their maintenance needs.

Are Great Danes Okay for People with Allergies?

Portrait of a large blue Great Dane

Great Danes are not hypoallergenic. They are moderate shedders and heavy droolers, which can cause allergic reactions.


Unfortunately, great Danes are not hypoallergenic. However, they are not the worst breed for allergy sufferers due to their short coats. 

There are no 100% hypoallergenic dogs because all dogs contain proteins in their skin cells, urine, and saliva that can cause allergic reactions. Even hairless breeds have dander that can affect those sensitive to these proteins. But some dogs are indeed worse than others at spreading these allergens. 

While great Danes have short fur, they have more of it because of their enormous size. It’s true that larger bodies produce more everything, including dead skin cells that flake off and spread around your home. Great Danes are also heavy droolers due to their facial composition. Their large, loose lips are not suitable for containing saliva. And excess slobber can also be the culprit of allergenic reactions, particularly skin rashes.

Do Great Danes Shed a Lot?

Despite their short single coats, great Danes are moderate to heavy shedders. Small dogs with the same hair type would likely be low shedding. But the great Dane’s sheer size allows it to produce more hair, dander, and everything else. These dogs also blow their coats twice a year, so you will see an increase in shedding during seasonal changes. This excess shedding during spring and fall is necessary for regulating their temperature.

Are Great Danes High Maintenance?

Great Danes are low to moderate-maintenance dogs. Compared to other large breeds, great Danes do not require much grooming. Their short coats should be brushed at least once a week to control shedding. And their bathing requirements largely depend on their lifestyle. Most will need a bath every six to eight weeks. But those with a particularly active lifestyle will need a bath more frequently. This breed also needs daily exercise, preferably in a large outdoor space.

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This breed has a high tolerance for rambunctious kids. And their low energy is particularly beneficial to small children.

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Are Great Danes Good Dogs?

Great Danes are highly affectionate, relaxed, and social dogs. They have low to moderate energy, preferring to stay calm and somewhat playful. And they love to cuddle. Despite their size, they love to curl up in the laps of their owners (as best they can). 

While great Danes are rambunctious and somewhat destructive as puppies, they are usually well-behaved as adults. Many find they do well on their own for several hours due to their easy-going temperament. However, dogs who don’t get enough exercise, outside time, and socialization can become destructive and depressed. But this is true for most dogs.

Are They Easy to Train?

As an eager-to-please breed, great Danes are relatively easy to train. But they are underachievers in the intelligence category and can be stubborn with following commands. They should be trained and socialized early to keep them from becoming bossy and aggressive with other dogs.

Are Great Danes Good with Kids?

Nicknamed the “gentle giant,” the great Dane is an affectionate and loving dog. They are great with children, especially those they grew up with. This breed has a high tolerance for rambunctious kids. And their low energy is particularly beneficial to small children. They also behave well around other dogs and pets. However, early training and socialization are essential. Without it, great Danes can potentially be aggressive around other dogs they don’t know.

Merle great dane looking back at some sound

As an eager-to-please breed, great Danes are relatively easy to train. But they are underachievers in the intelligence category and can be stubborn.


What Big Dogs Are Hypoallergenic?

While there are no hypoallergenic breeds as large as a great Dane, here are a few worthy options to consider:

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About the Author

Niccoy is a professional writer for A-Z Animals, and her primary focus is on birds, travel, and interesting facts of all kinds. Niccoy has been writing and researching about travel, nature, wildlife, and business for several years and holds a business degree from Metropolitan State University in Denver. A resident of Florida, Niccoy enjoys hiking, cooking, reading, and spending time at the beach.

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