The term “gentle giant” comes to mind whenever you meet a Great Dane. Pound for pound, the Great Dane is one of the most charming breeds, with a friendly, outgoing personality that makes it a great pet for anyone who has enough room in his or her home to accommodate its massive frame. Bred originally to hunt wild boar, the Great Dane has become a top-notch companion dog that requires less exercise than you might think. Although Great Danes do need a good romp to wear them out, they quickly settle down to nap on the living room couch. Their short, dense coat is easy to maintain and comes in brindle, fawn, blue, black, harlequin (black and white), and mantle (white base with a second color over most of the body).