~Why A Dane~
It is a well known fact, among Dane fanciers, that once you have experienced a Dane's laid-back gentle, but dignified, personality that you will, no doubt, be hooked for life.While size alone makes him unique, the Great Dane's personality is the quality that most find so appealing. A Dane is definitely a "people dog", sensitive and affectionate as a companion.Very much wanting to be one of the Family and therefore should be raised as indoor dogs. Along with not doing well in extreme weather (too hot or too cold), to be raised as an outdoor dog would break a Great Danes spirit.
'Bond' pictured below demonstrating the Dane's versatile personality.
They can go from being elegant and dignified one moment, to a playful & affectionate 'dual lap' dog, the next.
A Dane's need for exercise is that of a moderate level, particularly puppies that should never be over-exercised, due to their rapid growth & sometimes clumsiness. As they can normally be of a 'couch potato' nature, a decent sized securely fenced yard, along with a long walk each day seems to suit most Adult Danes nicely.
'Godwyn' enjoying a lazy day in the yard.
(pictured at 9 mos.)
Their gentle & affectionate nature make them excellent candidates for Therapy Dog Training. Of course, Danes can also be trained to participate in very athletic activities, such as competition obedience, tracking, agility and flyball.
'Sanoma' in Training
(pictured at 12 mos.)
A proper amount of playtime, along with appropriate & educational toys, will help to contribute to the mental development of your Dane and will also aid in keeping boredom at bay. Fortunately, due to their laid-back nature, they are not a breed requiring constant mental or physical stimuli in order to be kept out of trouble, as some breeds may. Naptime is an all important part of the daily routine for most Danes. Do not be fooled though by, what first may appear to be, the 'Perfect Puppy'. Crate training is a must as it will not only aid in making housebreaking a much easier task but will help to keep puppy (along with your many prized possessions) out of harms way. Proper chew toys will also aid in satisfying the puppy's need to chew, particularly at teething time (4-6 mos of age).
'McCoy' at Playtime
(pictured at 1 yr.)
Because of their size, an un-trained Dane can be a very serious hazard. Proper socialisation & discipline is a must for a Giant Breed but can easily be done with daily walks and by enrolling your puppy in 'Puppy Kindergarten' or 'Basic Obedience' classes, at about three-four months of age. Socialisation, by way of daily walks, is never a problem as Danes do tend to draw a crowd. For their own safety, and for the safety of their owners (and others), all Danes should be taught not to bite / nip (even in play), and not to jump up on people (unless invited). Danes being a sensitive breed, and for best results should be taught using motivational methods. Once properly trained & socialised, a Dane's temperament & personality becomes that of an ideal companion, for life.
(pictured at 5 mos.)
As a Family companion a Dane is an affectionate dog that is capable of great loyalty and in spite of their size, can be trained to live and flourish in households with children and other pets. Supervision is key though as children should never be left unattended, with any breed.
Bedtime for 'Wicka' 'Phoenix & Best Buddy Holly
(pictured at 8 mos.) (pictured at 4 mos.)
'William' Baby-Sitter Extradornaire
(pictured at 10 mos.)
Along with Children, a Dane also enjoys the company of other pets. One should consider though, when buying a second canine, to purchase that of the opposite sex of what is currently owned. This will help to avoid issues arising between two dogs of the same sex, over the natural pecking order in the household.
'Halo' along with feline friend 'Sushi' 'Halo' Horsing Around 'Vegas' along with friend 'Ben'.
'Ryder' Playdate with a Pig
Great Danes, originally bred to hunt down Wild Boers, shows Ryder to be, somewhat, on the right track...
Question is, what to do once you have your prey...Play, I guess.
Often couch potatoes, Danes will tend to gravitate towards the comfort of their owners furniture (bed, couch, armchairs etc.). Many favourite seating areas are lost when making a trip to the kitchen, for a snack. They can be taught to respect boundaries, if shown gently, but firmly.
'Cali' & 'Marshall' in friendly dispute over favourite armchair.
A Dane will enjoy most any lifestyle a Family has to offer, from the hustle of 'city living' to the peace & quiet of 'cottage country'.
'Calvin' enjoying a 'Back to Nature' outing.
I have yet to own a Dane that did not enjoy car rides as they are usually content to sit back and watch the scenery go by....
Unless, of course, they are tempted by a visit to a fast food drive thru.
'Levi' on the Road
(pictured at 6 mos.)
The Dane is a short-haired breed, and therefore requires a moderate amount of coat care. Most do well with weekly brushing (more often during periods of heavy shedding). Stripping stones, rubber brushes or curry tools are best for this. Bathing is usually, as needed. It is a good idea to accustom your new puppy to bathing, while still of a manageable size. The Dane also requires ear cleaning, dental care, and toenail trimming of which the use of a jumbo, 'plier style' nail clipper or nail grinder is most effective.
Bathtime for 'Roxanne'
As a rapid growing & short-lived breed it is important that corners are not cut when considering their diet. A good quality food with moderate protein & fat levels, from puppyhood and throughout adult years, along with proper supplementation, is all that is required to help with proper growth, maintenance and to aid in avoiding health issues. Raised feeding can also be of benefit to a Dane, mostly for comfort.
Here at Cheviot we feed and recommend Fromm Classic & Four Star Recipes, along with Eagle Pack Holistic Select & Super Premium Formulas. Daily Supplementations consist of Vitamin 'C', Nzymes (dietary enzymes - chewable treat or granules) & added daily to our Dane's drinking water Ox-E-Drops .
'Howitser' & 'Purdy' at Mealtime
As with any breed, Danes have certain health issues that they may be predisposed to. For those wishing to research these health issues, and possible preventative measures, please check out the following links: Canada's Guide to Dogs / Grt. Dane Health & GDCA Heath & Welfare
Unfortunately, Danes are not a long-lived breed with a lifespan that is generally 7-10 years. Most of us Dane Lovers, though, are in agreement that we would rather have 7-10 years with these 'Gentle Giants' than twenty with another breed. As was the case with our girl 'Fallon'.
In Loving Memory
~Mar. '95 - July '06 ~
(Pictured at 11 yrs)
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