Great Dane Introduction
A Great Dane Introduction is one you will not easily forget. It usually starts off with "This horse came charging towards me, then flew right past me." or "Knocked me down me down and covered me with slobbery kisses."
A Great Dane can be an excellent addition to a family that wants a really big canine member and is willing to take responsibility for a bigger-than-big dog. The Dane with the best chance to become a successful pet is the one with the most opportunity for close interaction with humans. Great Danes confined to a kennel or the backyard for days or weeks on end become kennel and yard dogs whose personalities do not advance past a certain stage. To sentence any dog, especially a Great Dane, to such a life is nothing short of misery and definitely a form of abuse.
Facts About Great Dane
Some facts about the Great Dane that you will find important when choosing if this breed will be the breed for you. Great Danes are friendly, dependable and very large,that is one thing you need to always keep in your mind when considering adding this breed to your family.
It may seem unnecessary to introduce one of the most recognizable dog breeds in the world, but the Great Dane that many people think they know may not be the real Great Dane at all.
Dane breeders and owners point out that their calf size pets attract a lot of attention when out in public on walks, or in dog shows, and so forth. People who wouldn't think twice about commenting on a Doberman or a German Shepard will often approach Dane people with questions about the breed, it's size, how big will it get, and how much it eats.
The Great Dane is certainly an attention getter.
The Great Dane combines, in its regal appearance, dignity, strength and elegance with great size and a powerful, well formed, smoothly muscled body. It is one of the giant working breeds, but is unique in that its general conformation must be so well balanced that it never appears clumsy, and shall move with a long reach and powerful drive.
It is always a unit- the Apollo of dogs. A Great Dane must be spirited, courageous, never timid; always friendly and dependable. This physical and mental combination is the characteristic that gives the Great Dane the majesty possessed by no other breed. Lack of true Dane breed type, as defined in this standard, is a serious fault.
Great Dane Temperament
The Great Dane was once a fierce and aggressive dog. Early breeders worked miracles in improving the temperament by carefully selecting only those animals with milder, more tractable temperaments from which to breed. Although temperament is certainly influenced by environment, remember that basic temperament is considered by many to be inherited.
Before you buy, ask the breeder about the pups parent’s temperament. Ask what he or she considers to be the ideal temperament for the breed and ask to meet the dam and the sire if possible.
Inherited temperament traits can be greatly influenced by the way a dog is handled an by his environment. Young puppies need to be exposed to all kinds of stimuli. The breeder should be handling the puppies from birth, every day.
No matter how good your new puppy’s temperament is, it is up to you to properly socialize him. Once he has had his vaccines, take him to safe places where there are people who will pet him and give him lots of loving attention.
Tip: Take along treats to give to strangers to offer to your puppy if she shows any signs of being wary of new people or situations.
With proper socialization, your big dog will be affectionate and gentle. The Great Dane is much more that her physical appearance. She is a heavy head in your lap looking into your face with adoring eyes, or a large rear end planted firmly in your lap. She will be among the best and most loyal friends you will ever have!
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Even if you have decided that you are ready for the responsibilities and hard work associated with Dane ownership, there are many things you should take into consideration. Do you have the space for a dog of this size? Do you have the time required to train the dog and provide him with the love and companionship he requires? Do you have the financial means to feed a dog of this size? I am not trying to discourage you from this breed but unfortunately a lot of people do not know what they are getting into when they buy the cute, spotted puppy then 7 months later he/she weighs 100 pounds. Your local RSPCA or dog rescue center could probably tell you of people who though that getting a Great Dane seemed like a good idea at the time but they did not realize all that went into the care of this breed. Also with the larger breeds it is harder to find homes for them once they have been abandoned to a shelter. If you have not been put off, and are still convinced a Great Dane is for you, let me assure you, for all the extra amount of work you dog will cause, she will give you double that back in his/her love for you.
~Kittys Corner~I have a Female Great Dane and her name is Kitty. She will be 2 in July '10. Her mother is a Blue Dane and her dad is a Black Dane. This is a picture of her here and there are lots of pictures of her on this website. This space is called Kittys Corner because when ever I am at my computer working (which is most of the time) Kitty is laying or sitting beside me with her head on my lap. So I made her a corner so she can voice what is going on in her world. ~Enjoy~
The weather is so warm and sunny. I was getting tired of the cold and being stuck in the house. Now mom has been back taking me on our walks I missed our walks. Have you been doing anything fun lately? Will you send me your pictures so I can see them? Mom even said something about starting a contest. How fun! So start taking some pictures, or if you already have some, send them in so I can see them. Send in a Picture
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