Q: Great Dane
What are some of the most important things to consider when adopting a Great Dane. I know the size issue and health problems. But what is it like to live with them?
Mar 26, 2008
I believe it all depends on the personality of the dog. There definetly is the size and bloat to consider which have not been a problem for us (knock on wood). Do keep in mind if thinking about a puppy, my was very distructive. You know how most puppies chew shoes???? Mine ate a chair, and his bed, and a cell phone! Not fun moments. Mostly now that he's older (4yrs) his favorite thing to do is sleep. They get along great with other dogs and mine is great with kids but scares the crap outta them. Be sure to keep in mind and be ready for some dumb questions (but it can be sooo funny)ex. how much do you feed that thing?? my answer..why are you missing a kid too?? I love the attention he attracts and could talk about him forever. No matter how much you want him to be YOUR dog, I've learned that they like to stick to one person normally, so be that person from the beginning! The worst thing I could say and I feel horrible saying it, Mine is not very smart at all!! Not saying they are all like that but be aware. And he can be very stubborn. Don't forget the SLOBBER, they do, don't let anyone tell you they don't!!! But, I wouldnt trade him for the world!! Go For IT!!!
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Apr 04, 2008
You really need to be prepared for a puppy in an adult sized body. My Dane is 3 years old, 140 pounds and still has a puppy brain. Training is very important. They can be very destructive. They've been known to eat sheetrock, large pieces of furniture, doors, and go through windows. They are lap dogs, love their people (and usually attach themselves to one), do all kinds of funny quirky things. Once you have one you won't ever want to live without one. Remember that everything costs more - food, vet, medications, crate, toys. A puppy will need to be fed a premium adult dog food with a protein level around 21-24%. A good diet is very important. Either find a good breeder or rescue. There are a lot of bad breeders of Danes out there and getting a Dane from a bad breeder will only cost you more money or cause heartache when your dog is in pain or dying. A good places for information: www.danesonline.com, www.gdca.org. GDCA will have links for your local Dane club (if there is one) and breeders or rescues.
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