A powerful dog of Giant size, yet maintains its' elegance, dignity and balance. While courageous and protective - it is a gentle, good-natured breed and welcomes company….. provided they have been properly introduced.
The Great Dane is a family dog. He needs to be a part of the family to be happy and well adjusted. He is NOT an outside dog or a guard dog - although he will protect his family from harm. He requires minimal exercise and can adapt to smaller spaces if walks and outings are provided to him, he is just as happy to stay at home and sleep on your couch - yes he’s there once you leave the room. A Great Dane introduced to other animals at a young age will accept and play with these other creatures - also be willing to accept new critters into his life later on.
As a puppy, they can be rather destructive in that the sheer size of them increases the potential for costly damage. Lets face it - a corgi will ruin your new shoes - a Great Dane, teething or bored, could ruin a whole closet! *For teething - Try Cold Carrots, Get the Big Fat Ones, Puppies love them!
Set the Rules:
A Great Dane must be raised with love, and he wants to know the rules. Once established - don’t change them. If the couch is off limits - then it is always off limits, no exceptions as dogs don’t understand them. Never strike your Dane. He is a sensitive creature; the tone of your voice will convey your displeasure. Should you get a “headstrong” Dane, begin obedience classes immediately - as this will help to instill in him just who is the boss (the Alpha dog) in the family.
BIGGER than you Think!
The AKC Standard for size says: “The male shall not be less than 30 inches at the shoulders, but it is preferable that he be 32 inches or more, providing he is well proportioned to his height. The female shall not be less than 28 inches at the shoulders, but it is preferable that she be 30 inches or more.” With "or more" being said -
Most of the dogs and bitches that are seriously competing in the Conformation rings today are Considerably larger than this, a 30” - 32” inch full-grown male would not be very competitive in today’s show ring.
35"-36" (160 pound) Males and a 32" (120 pound) Females are average of the sizes of today's "show" dogs.
Also note that show dogs are eligable to compete at 6 months of age, but they must meet these minimum height requirements - At 6 months they still have a lot of growing ahead of them! AKC Standard
To see how quickly a Dane Puppy Grows, and just how big they are at different ages (from birth through 2 years) Click Here: Watch Me Grow
With Giant dogs come Giant Bills
With a Giant Dog, come giant bills. Not only the cost of proper feeding, regular veterinary prevention and replacing your crystal, but the emergency room bills can be enormous. If you are not prepared and financially able to handle the Giant bills that come along with a Giant dog - then think carefully before purchasing a Great Dane, many a wonderful animal has ended up in shelter or rescue because they got too big or too expensive. *Last year the Great Dane Rescue of N. CA. placed 60 Danes. Thank you Betty & Colleen! Great Dane Rescue - Contact List for All States
How Much Is that Puppy in the Window?
The price range for a Great Dane varies considerably. I have heard of Great Dane puppies selling for $400.00. These prices are reflective of back-yard breeders. To get a quality puppy from a reputable breeder with a good pedigree who has the proper health screening done - you will be paying considerably more that this. It is not unusual to pay $1,000.00 to $1,200.00 for a “pet” quality puppy and $1,500.00 to $2,000.00 for a “show” quality puppy. You will not be buying a “show” quality puppy from one of these back-yard breeders or puppy mills. If you cannot afford the cost of a quality puppy - can you afford the cost of a sick puppy or unhealthy adult?
*PS - If you're thinking of making money by breeding Danes, Wrong! It's a losing money proposition.
Breeding for Health & Temperament
Purchasing a Great Dane from a reputable breeder will help to insure not only the temperament that a quality Dane possesses, but many of the health issues facing Danes these days are hereditary and by only breeding Danes that are heathly, properly tested (OFA certification for: Hips, Cardio, Thyroid and CERF for eyes along with Blood Tests, etc) and that meet the AKC Standards set forth for the Breed (Champions), will we have the Danes of tomorrow that we strive for. Health Issues
Lastly, be honest with the breeder as to your lifestyle, children etc. She/He will help match the right puppy for your family.