Great Dane Information
Pronunciation: Great Dane
Description: The Great Dane is a giant, powerful dog. Square in body, but females may be slightly longer than tall. The long head is rectangular in shape. The muzzle is deep, with a pronounced stop. The nose is black, blue/black on blue Danes or black spotted on the harlequins. The dark, deep-set eyes are medium in size. The medium sized ears are set high and either cropped or left natural. If left in their natural state they are folded forward hanging close to the cheek. When cropped they stand erect and are large in proportion to the rest of the head. Note: cropping ears is illegal in most parts of Europe. The well arched neck is set-high, firm and muscular. The front legs are perfectly straight. The feet are round with dark toenails. The tail is set high, thicker at the base and tapering to a point. Dewclaws are sometimes removed. The coat is short and thick. Colors come in brindle, fawn, black, blue, mantle harlequin and sometimes merle. Although not a recognized color, chocolate does occur in a recessive gene. Merle is a common result of harlequin breeding, but it is not a recognized color.
Temperament: The Great Dane has a good disposition, often called a "gentle giant". Charming and affectionate, they are playful and patient with children. They love everyone and need to be around people. The Great Dane does not bark much and only becomes aggressive when the circumstances require it. They are reliable, trustworthy and dependable. Courageous and loyal, they are good watchdogs. The Great Dane does not stay little for long and consistent training and rules should start right from puppyhood. This giant dog should be taught not to jump or lean on people. The objective in training this dog is to achieve a pack leader status. It is a natural instinct for a dog to have an order in their pack. When we humans live with dogs, we become their pack. The entire pack cooperates under a single leader. Lines are clearly defined. You and all other humans MUST be higher up in the order than the dog. That is the only way your relationship can be a success. Dogs who know their place below humans in the pack order will be good with children. If you are not a firm, confident, consistent pack leader who knows how to correct the dog when he is showing signs of aggression, the dog can be dog-aggressive. Owners who know how to properly handle their dogs will not have this issue.
Height, Weight: Height: Dogs 30-34 inches (76-86 cm.) Bitches 28-32 inches (71-81 cm.) Weight: Dogs 120-200 pounds (54-90 kg.) Bitches 100-130 pounds (45-59 kg.) Dogs of even larger size are more prized.
Health Problems: Prone to hip dysplasia, bloat, heart disease, tumors and tail injuries. Jogging is not recommended until the dog is at least one year old, but walking is necessary. Not a long lived breed.
Living Conditions: The Great Dane will do okay in an apartment if it is sufficiently exercised. It is relatively inactive indoors and does best with at least a large yard.
Exercise: The Great Dane needs plenty of exercise. They need to be taken on a daily long walk.
Life Expectancy: The average is under 10 years, however some can live to be 12-13 years old.
Grooming: The smooth short-haired coat is easy to groom. Comb and brush with a firm bristle brush and dry shampoo when necessary. Bathing this giant is a major chore, so it pays to avoid the need by daily grooming. The nails must be kept trimmed. This breed is an average shedder.
Origin: The Great Dane is a very old breed, known as the "Apollo of all dogs.". Dogs resembling the Great Dane have appeared on Greek money dating back to 36 B.C. There are also drawling's of these dogs on Egyptian monuments from roughly 3000 B.C. The earliest writings of dogs that sounded like Great Danes were in Chinese literature dating back to 1121 B.C. In 407 A.D. German Gaul and part of Italy and Spain were invaded by an Asiatic people (the Alans) who brought with them powerful mastiff-like dogs. They were admired for their ability to bring down bear and wild boar. The dogs were thought to have been Wolfhound mixed with the old English Mastiff. With selective breeding the Greyhound was added in to create the Great Dane. Besides being used as a hunter, they were also used as estate guard dogs. Despite the fact that they are called Danes in English, they have nothing to do with Denmark. The Great Dane was recognized in 1887. Some of the Great Dane's talents are tracking, watchdog and carting.
Group: Mastiff, AKC Working
Recognition: CKC, FCI, AKC, UKC, KCGB, ANKC, NKC, NZKC, CCR, APRI, ACR, DRA, NAPR
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Our puppies are raised with compassion and love, as well as the best preparation to get them ready for adulthood. From the moment they are born they get to know the touch of children and other animals so that they can have a great start at socialization. They are bred for distinguished conformation, a great temperament, and superb health.
To prepare the puppies for adulthood they will receive two distemper vaccinations, four deworming’s, and started on a flea tick and heartworm prevention program. Your puppy will also be micro-chipped so if anything happens you know you will always be able to find them. On the day you pick your puppy up we will send your puppy home with a goody bag that includes a small bag of food to start you off, a collar and leash to fit your puppy for the time being, a little baggy of treats, your puppy’s vaccination records, AKC registration if agreed upon, along with a copy of the return contract.
There will be a screening process before the puppy goes home to make sure that both you and the puppy are a good fit for each other. With all the preparation and love put into these little angels we want to make sure everyone will be happy with the decision which is why there are two required visits before you can finally take the puppy home with you. The first will be at three weeks old when you will get a chance to meet the puppies, place a deposit of $400.00 on the puppy you want, and ask any questions you may have. The second visit is at six weeks old where a deposit is necessary and everyone (including other dogs) who resides in the household will be required to come meet the puppy. If you are serious about a specific puppy make sure you leave a deposit because puppy selection is first come first serve.
Seeing as to how Great Danes are an extra-large dog, if you live in an apartment we need proof of acceptance for such a large breed. Having a house with a yard would be preferred since Great Danes do need a lot of room to play. Because of their size it is a lot harder on their bones when playing with other dogs which is why it is recommended that they do not rough house until a year old when their bones are stronger and can handle the pressure.