Whether you’re talking about real dogs or Scooby Doo, Great Danes are not small dogs. Some can even grow to 30 inches from paw to shoulder and weigh in at 175 pounds. But what makes these big dogs beloved is how they are still lovable dogs that want to be treated like smaller, fluffier breeds. Combine lovable and big and you are just asking for some funny situations. Check out these 50 funny Great Dane photos and see what all the fuss is about.
1. Big guy and little pal
Don’t feel bad if you think this picture shows a Great Dane missing one of his spots. The brave kitten in this photo is so small that we’re surprised anyone could notice it. But you have to love this cute scene of a kitten taking a small swipe at this gentle giant. You almost wonder if this dog is just happy to have some company.
2. A selfie for two
Everyone knows the common dog tricks; sit, roll over, and shake. But did you ever hear of a dog that knew how to take great selfie shots? This dog owner decided that his dog would be one of a kind. He had this to say about this adorable new skill:
“I trained my Great Dane to take selfies with me – if I’m sitting and extend my arm with my phone in hand, she plops up next to me, leans, and gives the camera this look.”
3. A dog in need
Lily may be a blind Great Dane, but thanks to her own seeing eye dog, Maddison, she can still have a great time. This picture shows how Maddison protects Lily by guiding them on their daily walks. Great Danes are big dogs with big hearts to match.
4. Nap time buddies
After a long hard day, this child needed some place comfy and warm for a quick nap. What better place than on her Great Dane’s furry back. What makes this even better is how protective the Great Dane looks as he keeps his head firmly on the small child so she knows she’s safe. It’s a loving and adorable picture that makes dog lovers smile.
5. Head over heels
This great Dane’s name is Hendrix and he certainly knows how to make an impression. Whether he was just showing off or is into extreme chew toy games, this feat of flexibility was sure to be interesting for the owner to see. Maybe Hendrix has a secret dream of becoming a contortionist for a Vegas sideshow.
6. Scooby Doo, Where are you?
Do you think this Great Dane’s owner are Scooby Doo fans or was this resemblance just a happy accident? Whatever is the case, we have to wonder if this dog’s family has ever thought about dressing up as the Mystery Inc. gang for Halloween. All they’d need is to teach this dog how to float in the air after receiving treats and they’d be ready to go. Let’s just hope he doesn’t have Scooby’s appetite.
7. When your dog is the big guy
Don’t adjust your picture or check to see if this is Photoshopped. This Great Dane easily puts his owner in his shadow in this side by side shot. Can you imagine having this dog just flop down next to you while you’re watching your favorite TV Show? But the real question is, “how much does he eat?”
8. I have the high ground
It almost doesn’t look fair watching these two dogs interact. It looks like the little one is looking up to the Great Dane as if the larger dog were in the middle of telling an exciting story. We imagine that the large dog might even be saying “One day, you’ll be big like me.” But we bet that the small dog can’t wait to be able to hop up on the couch so he can play with his bigger pal.
9. A canine NBA star
Most dogs are happy playing with tennis balls, but Great Danes are on a whole other level. We don’t know if this dog is trying to join in on the slam dunk action or not, but this is real impressive. Do you think that Great Danes could be the official dogs of Spaulding balls?
10. Oh dear
This photo captures a friendship that you would never have expected out of a Hollywood feelgood film. Great Dane Kate was quick to addopt Pippin, a baby fawn, after her mother abandoned her on this dog’s property. Ever since the big dog met the fawn, they’d become fast friends. We can imagine this unlikely duo turning heads if they ever walked down the street.
11. We all melt down here
We have to imagine that this dog regrets the choices that led him to lying out under the sun. Now he looks like he’s melting into a pile of cute and fluff. Let’s hope the owner can scoop him up before he needs a shove-sized spatula.
12. They grow up so fast (and big)
You might think that Great Dane puppies are tiny and arm sized until you see this dog. This pup is only 4 months old and has a statuesque and stunning look that’s worth showing off. From silky smooth looking fur and a regal bearing, this pup will be royalty by the time they’re a full grown dog.
13. Wild thing
The photographer had to have the biggest smile on their face when they took this photo. Can you imagine the nature documentary voiceover trying to describe what this dog is up to. From their flapping ears to the goofy wild expression, we imagine it’d be hard to keep a straight face. Still, this dog is having a great time in this field so we say good for them!
14. Wait, what?
This puppy’s look of expression comes whenever the owner takes carrots out of the fridge. Is the dog afraid of carrots? Are they his favorite treats? Or does the owner just find the world’s biggest mystery out of the orange veggies. Whatever the context, it leads to this hilarious photo.
15. Mother and puppy nap time
Could you get in the way of this cute little scene? This mother and her puppy are showing us how to live in the moment and just be happy and content. You don’t need a lot to live your best life and these Great Danes have found the secret.
16. A boy and his dog
This Reddit user shared this photo to show off the dog their son chose from an animal shelter. It’s clear that this boy was raised right in wanting to rescue a dog in need rather than going to a nearby pet shop for their faithful canine companion. But just look at this big Great Dane compared to the child?! The Reddit user described the incident by saying:
“(My son) talked us into going to the animal shelter saying he wanted a small dog ….. worth it for that smile.”
17. Technically a lap dog
This huge Great Dane may not be able to fit fully in their owner’s lap, but that won’t stop it from trying. Heartwarmingly enough, this woman grins and tries her very best to accomodate the heavy hound so that it feels the same love any of her smaller other dogs would get. You might also call this an example of “If it fits, I sit” with a very loose definition of fits.
But we have to wonder how heavy that dog is?
18. Story time
This wholesome picture is all about a big Great Dane listening intently to this woman’s stories. It becomes even cuter when you notice that the dog is seated in pretty much the same pose with an expression that looks positively captivated. Do you think she’s telling the dog about Clifford the Big Red Dog?
19. Let’s shake on it
A firm handshake may be a sign of a done deal, but for this dog and owner, it’s just proof of a wholesome bond. We imagine this picture was taken to show off how big this Great Dane is, but we want to know more. Maybe the dog successfully negotiated for more treats and walks?
20. Snoozing the day away
This Reddit user had a great pic with this caption:
‘my sister caught her new Great Dane puppy sleeping like this’.
We wish that we got to see this for ourselves. But it reminds us about the many times we tried sleeping in a cramped chair while riding along on a road trip or snuggled into a plane seat. When you’re big like this Great Dane, there’s just never enough room for a comfy rest unless you get creative.
21. My couch, my snooze
Have you ever been so doggone tired that you had to just flop down onto your couch for a nap? Well this Great Dane certainly has and their massive size leaves no room for doubt. During nap time, this couch has room for one. Still, it’s not so bad for the adorable view, is it?
22. Venkman’s Nightmare
Peter Venkman might have called this scene signs of mass hysteria, but we call it a lovely little scene. Look how safe the cat looks and feels as it snuggles next to this gentle giant pal. We love how the pets are looking at the viewer as if to ask, “Do you mind?”
23. A line in the sand
Humans aren’t the only creatures to get defensive over their furniture. When this dog’s owner told them to get off the couch, the dog gave them a look that offers distinguished defiance. If this dog could speak, you can only hear him say “You can have my treats, but you won’t have my seats!” You go, Great Dane!
24. Age has nothing to do with it
This Great Dane is 10 years old, which is pretty old in dog years. But this Reddit user says that Darma doesn’t live like they’re old. Even with cloudy eyes and stiff joints, they can still be a big ball of love and kindness. We hope that we’re this kind and sweet into our great old age as well.
25. May the force be with you
We couldn’t help but love this photo of a Great Dane covered in a brown blanket. You can almost imagine this dog walking along side Ben Kenobi as he saves Luke from the Tusken Raiders. Even if you aren’t a Star Wars fan you have to admit, this dog looks a lot wiser because of this blanket covering.
26. 13 years young
This Great Dane is a 13 years young woman with a clean bill of health from her vet. You can just look at this dignified dog and guess that her name is Lady. Since most Great Danes have a life expectancy of only 8-10 years we can only imagine that Lady is holding on to keep their owners company. What a tough ol’ dog!
27. The outdoorsy dog
Have you ever tried to cute your way into convincing your parents to let you stay outside? This dog certainly has and we think it’s working. Maybe it’s a great day outside or this dog is just being willful, but could you turn him down? Special note goes to how big his little paws are, so we can imagine how big he’ll get when he grows up.
28. So cute and small
This sleeping puppy is only a few weeks old. But don’t let his tiny size fool you. Give him a little time to grow and he’ll start to fill out fast. Parents all over the world talk about how fast their children grow, but it’s much more pronounced in Great Dane dogs. Just enjoy the cute little bundles while they’re still arm sized.
29. The goodest of good boys
This Reddit user has a dog who, at 10 weeks, has already learned how to sit. The owner says that this pup has joined the good boy club, but we’d like to think he’s always been a member. Well behaved, handsome, and lovable, who could ever deny him entry?
30. A name fit for a pun
When this Reddit user got the Great Dane of their dreams, they could only think of one name for them: Jäger. It doesn’t take long to figure out that that means they are literally a Jäger master now. But the pride that comes through in this photo shows that this dog is more than just a chance for a pun and will be a well-loved part of the family.
31. Can’t stay mad at that face
Barry the Great Dane may look guilty while chewing on this owner’s shoe laces, but we imagine that it was all water under the bridge. Not only does this puppy have a cute and calming appearance, but this adorable pup captures the heart with their soft eyes. Would you want your own Barry the Great Dane?
32. BFF with a Great Dane
We love seeing dogs bonding with children and this picture is no different. It’s almost wholesome enough to distract from the gorgeous day the pair are enjoying. Some Reddit users tease that this is a shot of Scooby Doo and Shaggy at a very young age and we don’t blame them. Does anyone else remember the “Pup named Scooby Doo” cartoon? Maybe this is the live action reboot?
33. Remy the wonderful pup
This 10 week old Great Dane is Remy and they look positively stunning in this shot. From their smooth and lustrous fur to that quiet distinguished bearing, we know they’ll grow up to be an amazing adult. You can already tell that Remy will grow big and strong too.
34. Leap like a duck, play fetch like a Great Dane
Great Danes aren’t always the most elegant dogs. This perfect shot shows one Great Dane fetching a ball in the silliest way possible. Wit ha wild energetic expression and a flailing body that looks about as graceless as can be, it’s undeniably charming. We’d love to play ball with this pup.
35. A loving dog can break the rules
Social distancing protocol couldn’t stop this dog from hugging his owner’s brother. We can see this large dog practically throw himself out the window to get hugs and affection from his favorite human’s sibling. No one’s going to bat an eye though and complain since affection is exactly what this dog needed.
36. Name this puppy
This Reddit user fell for this cute Great Dane. They wanted the perfect name for the dog and so asked fellow Reddit users for help. We don’t know which name the owner chose, but all that matters is that this cute looking dog is happy. What would you name this dog?
37. 8 weeks and growing strong
This 8 week old Great Dane puppy might be mistaken for another breed, until you notice its paws. Not only is this a huge dog, but they already have the calm and gentle bearing that Great Danes are known for. The dog must feel like they’re in heaven with that big huge yard to rest in.
38. The not so scary beast
Take a look at this Great Dane and its owner. Would you believe that this dog’s name is Beast? Maybe this dog lover chose the name for his dog’s size rather than his demeanor since we have never seen a more relaxed and chill Beast ever. Quick get Disney on the phone about this one.
39. Are we there yet?
This dog’s owner had to drive 10 hours to get home and this dog doesn’t look happy. But then again, does anyone really like long stretches of driving? When they finally make it home do you think the dog will want to take another drive?. Let’s hope they have a nice big yard to play in.
40. Turtle power
Although this is a tortoise and not a turtle, it’s still a picture you likely never expected. The Great Dane just looks so relaxed as the turtle crawls over it and explores the available space. When the tortoise finds the perfect spot next to this Great Dane, they take it and snooze the day away. We don’t blame him.