Purchasing a Great Dane from a reputable breeder will not only help to insure the temperament that a Quality Dane possesses; but also many of the health issues facing Danes these days are hereditary. By only breeding Danes that are healthy, 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. Beware, the cost of the puppy in the pet store may be way more than you bargained for – the veterinary cost for an unhealthy dog can be astronomical – and so can the heartbreak!
The purpose of this website is to showcase our Danes, and to provide inormation - - to get you to think twice: Whether it’s about getting a Dane puppy or Breeding your current Dane.
If this website helps you make the decision not to Breed your Dane – then I’m thrilled. Too many unwanted puppies end up in pounds, shelters and rescue.
If this website helps you think twice about getting a Dane puppy – I’m thrilled. This is a Giant breed and comes with Giant responsibilities – I’m glad that you gave it serious thought!
Many of these health issues are Nutrition/Feeding related; while you are free to refer to our page on Feeding, Linda Arndt has an extensive site dedicated to the issue of Feeding, and we strongly suggest that you review that as well: Linda Arndt -Canine Nutritional Consultant.
In addition to nutrition/feeding related (health) issues, we feel that vaccines play a large part in the Health Issues that Danes face. While we are not suggesting to you when and how to vaccinate, we at MacDanes vaccinate on Dr. Jean Dodd's schedule: Dr. Jean Dodd's Vaccination Protocol.