Blue Great Dane – Blue Gentle Giant Facts & Care guide

The Blue Great Dane is a rare Great Dane variation with a steel blue coat. Blue Great Danes can have blue eyes with the blue coat shades varying from charcoal-blue, deep steel blue, slate, to a pale-bluish color.

All Great Danes are exceptional dogs but the Blue Great Dane is made special by his looks which is made even better by the several color shades.

There is no denying that this is a great pooch, but is he fit for you? Well, continue reading to learn more.

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Blue Great Dane overview

Blue Great Danes are got when two Great Danes with a blue recessive gene are bred. Both parents should have blue recessive genes but do not always have a blue coat.

Some breeders also breed Harlequin and Blue Great Danes to have Blue Harlequin Great Danes. The coat is blue with harlequin markings on it.

You may find the Blue Harlequin Great Dane pleasant and subtle with the most noticeable feature being the Blue eyes.

However, the Blue Harlequin Great Dane is not is seen as a fault as per the Great Danes standards. He is not inferior but is not the best option for a show dog.

Pros and cons

Pros

✓ Blue Great Danes are great with children despite being large.

✔ They also get along with other pets especially if they have brought up together.

✓ These dogs are extremely gentle and loving.

Cons

✘ These dogs have a short lifespan of 7 to 10 years.

✗ They need a lot of daily calories.

✘ You need to be strong enough to pull and control this dog’s leash.

Blue Great Dane characteristics and appearance

Blue Great Dane summary table
Height Males: 30 to 32 inches, Females: 28 to 30 inches
Weight Males: 140 to 175 pounds, Females: 110 to 140 for females
Lifespan 7 to 10 years
Breed Type Mastiff dog
Purpose A working and companion dog
Suitable For families
Grooming requirements moderate grooming
Color Variations Steel blue
Health concerns Bloat, canine cancer, Hypothyroidism, hip dysplasia, heart diseases
Temperament friendly, patient, dependable, moderately playful, affectionate
Other Names Blue gentle giants, Blue Apollo of dogs

Height and weight

This is a giant dog breed that can reach a height of 32 inches. He is taller than the average human when he stands on his hind limbs. They can also weigh as much as 100 pounds hence the name Gentle Giant.

Male blue great Danes are bigger than their female counterparts.

This  dog’s size might be intimidating to some but he wants to be a lap dog despite this.

blue Great Dane puppy

Appearance

As we mentioned earlier, this dog has a unique steel blue color.

This gentle giant has a massive head that is flat and narrow at the top. These dogs have long and strong necks with muscular bodies.

Their ears are floppy but can be cropped to be erect.

Another noticeable feature of the Blue Great Dane is his medium-sized tail and prominent eyebrows.

Blue Apollo of all dogs may also have blue eyes but can also be amber or light or dark brown.

Coat appearance and shedding

The coat of the Great Dane is what sets him aside from the other Gentle Giants. This is the favored and standard Great Dane coat.

They have short and smooth coats that shed throughout the year and is not hypoallergenic.

The Bernese Mountain Dog and Poodle mix is a great hypoallergenic dog.

Colors:

These dogs are sometimes regarded as a tainted version of the Black Great Dane with both colors being preferred.

For a pup to be regarded as a Blue Dane he needs to have a steel blue coat.

Some Blue Great Danes may have colored markings on their chests but they are not as popular.

Other blue shade variations are:

  • Deep Blue Great Dane Pups
  • Chocolate Blue Great Dane Puppies
  • Slate Blue Great Dane Pups

Other Great Dane colors:

Mantle Brindle Harlequin
Black Chocolate and White Merle
Silver Black and White Blue
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There are also Blue Merle Great Danes

Blue Great Dane Temperament and personality

These furry friends are extremely sweet and high-spirited. Their energy levels are high but they are affectionate and gentle with children.

Great Danes can be very ferocious dogs when they need to but are not aggressive. They are good at detecting danger and seem to have a way to tell apart a threat from a friendly situation.

You can also train them to know when and how to react to certain situations. This combined with proper socialization makes this dog a great companion and family dog.

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Are Blue Great Danes good family dogs?

The Blue Great Dane is a perfect family dog as long as you are willing to accommodate his size. These dogs are surprisingly gentle and great with children.

They don’t intentionally hurt small kids but their play should be monitored to prevent accidents.

Apart from being great with children, these gentle giants also get along well with other pets but should be well socialized.

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Frequently asked questions

Are Blue Great Danes more expensive?

The price of a Blue Great Dane can range between $600 and $3000. These dogs are only more expensive than the other Dane coat colors if they come with a Harlequin blue coat color.

Blue Great Dane lifespan?

7 to 10 years.

Blue Great Dane puppies

Apollo of all dogs are large dogs and a pup can weigh as much as 2 pounds at birth. After birth, these dogs grow rapidly and can reach their maximum height in 1 or 2 years.

Litter size:

8 to 10 puppies.

Cost:

A blue Great Dane puppy costs between $600 and $3000 depending on the breeder, location, and even time of the year.

There is also a huge price difference between show pups and those bred as pets.

You might also want to consider adoption as it costs around $150 which is way cheaper than buying. However, there are some potential adoption challenges you may face such as difficulty during training.

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How to take care of a Blue Great Dane

1. Grooming requirements

There are several factors that grooming depends on such as the texture of the coat. But the coat is usually short and smooth and easy to groom.

Frequent brushing keeps the coat shiny and health but also helps minimize shedding in this dog. This is especially for spring and fall when shedding is heavy.

You will a high-quality slicker brush for this.

Bathing this dog can be a challenge due to its enormous size but should be easier over time. Excessive bathing could strip the coat of essential oils hence the dog should be bathed only once a month.

Because the Blue Great Dane has floppy ears, take him for frequent ear cleaning and check-ups.

The dog’s nails should also be trimmed at least once a month combined with dental hygiene to prevent oral health issues.

2. Dietary requirements

To keep your Blue Great Dane happy and healthy, ensure he gets high-quality diet.

Pay close attention to this dog’s diet when he is still a puppy to ensure his bones grow strong and healthy. This will mean ensuring it is well balanced.

But you should consider your dog’s weight when feeding him by multiplying is weight in pounds by 30 calories.

For example, the average Great Dane weighs around 90 pounds which gives us 2700 daily calories when multiplied by 30. This about 6 cups of high-quality kibble.

Blue Great Dane Daily Food Consumption
Calories 2700
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Don’t feed the dog all at once or even free-feed him. Split the meals into 2 or 3 daily portions to prevent bloating.

Ensure the diet is made up of about 30% meat proteins as the main ingredient. Fats (fatty acids) are also essential for energy provision.

It should also be rich in essential mineral such as Glucosamine and Chondroitin that help in joint pain and arthritis.

Vitamins also play an important development role as they are needed for various chemical reactions in the dog’s body. Fruits and vegetables are great vitamin sources.

But the most important thing to remember is that the diet should have no fillers, chemical additives, artificial colorings and should not be made up of meat by-products.

Clean drinking water should be made available for the dog for hydration.

Blue Harlequin great Dane
Blue Harlequin Great Dane

3. Exercise requirements

Daily exercises such as walks will help this dog stay in shape and healthy. 30 to 45 minutes of exercise should be enough for this dog.

They can play in the yard as exercise as long as it is fenced. He also enjoys playing games like fetch and even visiting the dog park and hiking for 2 or 3 miles.

You shouldn’t over-exercise this dog, especially in the pup stage when his bones are developing fast.

4. Training a Blue Great Dane

Training Blue Great Danes should be easy as these dogs are intelligent and eager to please.

The best way to go around training is by using rewards and positive reinforcement.

Some of the rewards you can use are:

  • Treats
  • Toys
  • Praises

These dogs are laid back and are not be able to sustain or have an interest in advanced training such as agility training.

But these dogs can be a bit difficult to manage if they are not properly trained.

They may not even realize how large they are and may do things that could end up hurting them such as jumping. Socialization is also an integral part of training this dog.

Health concerns

Just like with other dogs, the Blue Great Dane is prone to some health issues. The blue recessive gene is not responsible for any major health problems.

Bloating is common in large dogs like the Blue Great Dane.

  • Bloat is also called gastric torsion and occurs when canines eat too much and too fast.
  • In the process, the dog may get gassy and rendering is bloated.
  • Unlike humans that can get rid of this condition dogs’ stomachs initiate twisting on both ends and the gas has no place to move out. This could damage the stomach.
  • If by any chance you notice your doggo is bloated, visit the vet right away. In severe cases, surgery might be needed.

Cardiomaphy is a cardiac condition that this dog is prone to.

  • In this condition, the dog’s heart increases in size.
  • Your dog may have trouble breathing and a sign that you need to visit the vet.

Hip dysplasia a health issue that is also common in large dog breeds.

  • This is a chronic health issue that affects mobility in dogs.
  • If your dog is suffers from this issue, your vet might recommend therapy and medication.

Final take

Now that you have gone through this article you should have a good idea if the Blue Great Dane is a dog that is fit for your lifestyle.

Owning a Great Dane is great as long but you should be willing to commit to his needs some of which we have looked at.

It is not a decision that you should take lightly as it is a lifetime commitment.

All dogs deserve to live their best lives and be happy which you will be repaid with love and lots of it.

So, would you get a Blue Great Dane? Share your feedback and thoughts in the comment section below.

There you go, WOOF!!!