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All About Great Danes

October 8, 2010 on 9:04 am | In Great Dane | No Comments

All About Great Danes

One of the giant breed of dogs, the Great Danes, is going to be fully discussed in this article. Among the major topics, there are the general descriptions of the great dane. First, we must examine the size of this dog, as well as its attitude towards people.

Great danes are tall dogs even though they are not very heavy. Their popularity and beautiful physique have gained them the title of the “Apollo of Dogs.” Danes are loving, friendly, and affectionate when treated accordingly.

According to AKC standards, male danes are not less than 32 inches and are usually 34 inches tall. The average Dane is close to three feet tall in height. Duration of development of your great dane’s body largely depends on his or her gender. To illustrate, a male can complete his development in three full years where females can be adults in a year or less. Puppyhood usually lasts for 18 months and over the course of these first 18-28 months, an owner will witness their great dane mature mentally and physically.

Diet and proper exercise are very important to your great dane’s health. Your great dane’s daily diet should be consistent, and the amount of food should be measured according to their age and weight. It’s important for your great dane to maintain a healthy weight. An underweight great dane can be vulnerable to sickness and disease, whereas an overweight dane increases its chance of bloating and heart disease.

Because great danes are such large dogs, they need plenty of room to run and play. Throughout puppy hood, this breed of dog needs exercise and mental stimulation. Taking walks, playing fetch, and rewarding a dane’s positive behavior are all essential tasks to developing a strong healthy bond with your pet.

The relationship between great danes and children is one of the most powerful connections that can occur between any type of human and animal. Like children, great danes are very trusting and curious. It’s important to teach children how to handle your great dane. Fortunately, these dogs have a wonderful temperament and do not become feisty unless provoked.

With proper care, a healthy great dane’s lifespan is approximately eight years of age. Nevertheless, many great danes continue to life a full life of ten to twelve years. These loving companions become additional members of our families and we should cherish every day they share with us.

Todd Mumford is team member of Dynamite Great Danes.

Great Danes

September 20, 2010 on 9:49 pm | In Great Dane | No Comments

Great Danes

The Great Dane is a big dog that often has no concept of his size. One family fashioned a cowbell on their Dane so they could hear him coming. There was not an aggressive bone in him but when he galloped full bore towards you he’d brush past enough to knock you sideways if you weren’t ready for him!

This is a giant of a breed with a gentle heart. They’re a clown that is the inspiration for Marmaduke cartoons with the impression of power in television and movies. Danes have been immortalized by the likes of Scooby-Doo and in movies such as The Patriot, The Swiss Family Robinson, Good Boy! Pluto and Goofy are said to be inspired by Great Danes.

They’re dignified yet can be goofy. Their very size demands early training and discipline to be calm, loving adults. Gibson, a harlequin, is 42.2 inches and 170 pounds – when he stands on his hind legs he’s seven feet tall!

The Great Dane is noble and elegant and a true giant of a dog. They have a history dating back over 400 years where they were used for boar hunting. A dog resembling a Dane was found in materials dated to 1211 B.C. The Great Dane is believed to trace to the Irish Wolfhound and English Mastiff as parent breeds, for the purpose hunting of a fast, powerful and savage foe. Along with hunting for boar they were also used for deer hunting.

By the breed standard they are powerful and smooth muscled with a spirited attitude. The males must be over 30 inches and over 32 inches are preferred as long as he is balanced. This leaves a dog that can be 150 pounds without being fat! Counters are head high to them. A smooth bbut thick coat that shines with good care is ideal.

The Danes come in several colors including brindle, fawn with black mask, blue, black, harlequin and mantle. A harlequin is a pinto pattern of black and white while the mantle is “collie marked” in black and white. This is a breed that strides out level and powerful and is friendly. They shouldn’t ever be timid or aggressive. The ears may be cropped or uncropped.

Their giant size means massive growth as puppies that is a challenge to feed. Too fast growth can cause problems with joints while too slow isn’t good either. Several health issues can face the breed and are serious enough to warrant attention.

The Great Dane is the #1 breed in statistics for bloat, which is the leading killer of this beautiful breed. It is imperative to feed several small meals per day and restrict exercise immediately afterwards to keep the stomach from filling and twisting. If a twist occurs it causes the dog excruciating pain and he will die in hours without surgical care. This cannot be stressed enough – prevention is much much better than dealing with a dog in crisis. Preventing these giants from drinking large amounts of water is another recommended tip.

Hip dysplasia and hypothyroidism also affect Danes as well as cardiomyopathy. All three of these are genetic and can be tested for to eliminate breeding dogs that will pass the disease on. Cataracts can affect the breed as well as bone cancer and lymphoma. Wobblers or CVI is another serious disorder that results from pressure on the spinal cord in the neck area. Dogs appear unsteady or ‘drunk’. HOD – hypertrophic osteodystrophy is a painful disorder resulting from rapid growth. Panosteitis is another disorder that can cause lameness during the growth phase.

The Great Dane needs a fenced yard but keep them away from landscaping as they are apt to rearrange it! Due to their size they should not be left alone with children. Although Danes are not mean dogs their size and playfulness can injure children as well as smaller pets. They are people orientated but do need consistent training from puppyhood! Their size alone deters many problems and they shouldn’t be taught to be aggressive.

This is a breed that can be expensive due to the large size and everything from beds to dishes is bigger! If socialized they love people with one Dane owner putting a bell on his dog so there was warning of him coming. The dog was not a bit mean but his size brushing past people could knock you down!

This is a breed that can live 8-10 years and more than one child has climbed up on a Dane to ride them as a small horse. Most dogs take such things in stride but again – the size if playing or wrestling can hurt a small child without ever intending to.

A good diet is critical for these dogs not only in quantity but quality. This is an active breed that loves to run but should do so only in controlled situations. They are not typically barkers without a reason to bark.

When taking on a Dane remember that many people are afraid of large dogs. Be responsible enough to keep your Dane home where he belongs. Fawn Danes in particular are at the mercy of unethical hunters in the fall and more than one Dane has lost his life simply wandering in the woods. In urban areas the dangers can be even higher. Don’t take the chance of losing a great dog for lack of a fence, and don’t rely on the invisible fences.

Training is not an option but a requirement! They MUST know their place in the pack order (and always below humans!) and firm, consistent handling is key to establishing this. Allowing a Great Dane to dominate a household means someone will get hurt or killed sooner or later, a situation in which both people and dogs lose. It is also one which is preventable. The Great Dane is an intelligent dog that wants to learn and wants to do the right thing – it is up to his owners to teach him what that is!

As of 2007 the world’s tallest dog is a Great Dane. The Great Dane is the official dog of Pennsylvania and the team mascot at the University of Albany. A Great Dane has been a member of the South African Navy and the breed is prominent in Ginga: Nagareboshi Gin.

Among the fans of the Great Dane is Burt Ward, famous as “Robin” in the Batman series of the 1960s. He and his wife have a home that gives Great Danes a second chance and 3,000 Danes have found homes since 1994.

The Great Dane is a big dog that is a great dog in the right hands with the right handling. They need a home that is willing to be firm enough to teach manners and discipline but compassionate enough to bolster them and help them be the bold, outgoing adult they are capable of being.

The Dane will give you his heart and his life if need be. Make sure your time with him is worth that kind of devotion!

David Beart is the owner of the Professors House. Our site covers family related issues from raising children to dog information, relationships to cooking.

The Responsible Great Dane Breeder

September 4, 2010 on 1:08 am | In Great Dane | 25 Comments

The Responsible Great Dane Breeder

Have you ever wondered why over 30% of dogs in shelters are purebreds? Most animal behavior specialists and animal advocates blame puppy bills and commercialized breeders for this negligence. In order to become a responsible Great Dane breeder, there are certain responsibilities that you must accept. These responsibilities will protect your Great Danes and his/her puppies, as well as identify you as a reputable breeder.

Excellent Great Dane Dog Breeders DO :

Carefully screen each person and their household who wish to purchase a puppy.
Advise and suggest different methods of caring for the Great Dane puppy in every aspect, including: diet, exercise, documentation of lineage, health, knowledge of genetics, any history of illness (genetic or non-genetic).
Not sell their Great Dane puppies in a pet shop or pet-auction
Do not sell multiple breeds of dogs. If you are a Great Dane breeder, stick to Great Danes.
Involve themselves in the showing of purebred Great Danes and are very knowledgeable about the breed.
Keep the puppies as house pets until they are ready for their homes. This ensures that your Great Dane’s offspring will make wonderful pets too.
Test dogs for all diseases and proper examination prior to breeding, such as: Brucellosis, CERF (Canine Eye Registry Foundation), OFA (Hip X-Ray Certification), PENN-HIP (hip-joint laxity).
Provide full, lifetime guarantees covering genetic disease and temperament problems. This should be a written contract.
Agree to take the Great Dane back at any point of his life for whatever reason, should the new owner not wish to keep it.
Place the Great Dane with the new family ONLY if the new owners agree to spay/neuter.
Only breed Great Danes over the age of two years old.
Hold the value of your dog’s (and its puppies) health to highest esteem.
De-worm and vaccinate your Great Dane puppies prior to placing them.

Excellent Great Dane Dog Breeders NEVER:

Take a great Dane pup from it’s mother prior to eight weeks of age.
Breed puppies in a puppy-mill atmosphere.
Sell their Great Dane puppies to the local pet shop.
Hide or withdraw information on genetic diseases or the Great Dane’s lineage.
Keep their puppies in inhumane conditions, such as an outdoor shed or a room covered in feces.
Put unnecessary stress on their puppies, such as transporting them to different locations outside of their home.
Pick a Great Dane at random to breed their bitch with
Allow their bitches to breed every year
Decline on accepting their puppies back, should the new owner not be able to care for them
Breed their Great Dane prior to two years of age
Let their Great Dane run the neighborhood
Sell faux purebred Great Danes (which are crossed with God knows what)

Todd Mumford is team member of Dynamite Great Danes. Visit TheGreat Dane Is The Worlds Tallest Dog. They Can Weigh Anywhere From 120 to 200lbs. There Are Six Coat Color Varieties. Needs plenty of space. Lots of issues, Watch out for bloat. Short Haired, easy to groom. Obedient, but start early. Really loving, really wonderful dogs. Good family dog.


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