So you are looking to get a Great Dane?
Well there is a lot of things you need to know to keep your Dane happy and healthy.
Below you will links to websites and articles that will help you understand your Great Dane.
Nancy L Wickham has a lot in research before she got her 1st dane from us. Her is a lot of info she has found. You can see her Danes on Zeta "Zippy" Malee Personal blog Here
Bloat can kill your Dane very fast. This can happen with any large breed of dog not just Great Danes.
These articles can give you good info on it. When you know what to look for and what do and not to do you and your pup will have a better life.
There are two ways to help stop Bloat.
Great Danes grow fast in their 1st year of life. And I do mean FAST!. And the worst thing you can do is over feed them or feed them the wrong food. Great Danes and cheep food do not work out well.
One of the problems of over feeding or feeding them the wrong food to your Great Dane is Knuckling Over. Our Teddy got this from getting into the food at night and over eating. It took us all most 9 months to get his legs straight again. We changed his feed and how many time he was fed and how much. Many things can cause it but in young Dane pups feeding the wrong food is the problem most of the time. What causing the Knuckling Over is uneven growth patterns between the bones, muscles, tendons and ligaments. This problem applies to all breeds not just large/giant breeds. Here is some good info on it.
Spay or Neuter your Great Dane.
With most dogs you can get them Spayed or neutered in about 6 months. Not with Great Danes. Do not get a Great Dane fixed until they are 1 - 2 years old. General advice can be confusing because smaller breeds can perform these surgeries as early as a few months of age. However, research and anecdotal evidence indicate that spaying or neutering Great Danes too soon is detrimental to their long-term health. Great Danes grow at an incredible rate in the first year of life. By postponing this procedure you give their bodies the necessary time to develop. This includes physical and hormonal development; the latter being especially important. They need the hormones to build the bones and muscle mass to support their size.
The Great Dane, also referred to as the “Apollo of Dogs,” will surely intimidate you with its imposing size. This dog can take up your couch, bed, and the rear seat of your car. However, this elegant and well-muscled canine has a heart as big as he is! Great Danes are sensitive creatures. Their patient, sweet, and loving disposition is an irony to their gargantuan size. These dogs can thrive when they are in contact with their family members. You really don’t want to anger this gentle giant, especially when he can unleash a wrath force of 238 PSI. That bit force is up there with German Shepherd Bite Force – 238 PSI , American Pit Bull Bite Force – 235 PSI and Doberman Bite Force – 245 PSI