October 28, 2008

Great Dane?

I just recently convinced my parents to get a third dog. We were at a petsmart and a rescue group was there and we found a Great Dane that we loved. We drove home told my dad and after a great deal of convincing he said yes. By the time we got back to the store the pretty boy was already adopted. My parents have agreed that I can get another dog anyways, but my mom read that Great Danes eat a great deal of furniture. I was wondering if this was true with a lot of this breed, and i was also wondering if they were mostly good with other smaller dogs. I curently have two 3 year old mutts (Springer spaniel/lab mix), and i love them to death, so i figured why not add to the fun and give a furry friend a home. So if you have any info at all regarding those questions, and any other facts you think I should know I would greatly appreciate it. Thanx..

Great Danes are fantastic! Good choice. The chewing thing will depend on the age of the dog you adopt, and is pretty easy to correct- make sure he/she has a few toys that are allowed for chewing, and spray everything else with "Chew Stop" or a similar product…it just tastes bitter and discourages gnawing furniture. Did the trick at my house.
Great Danes are typically very gentle, in a rather clumsy way, the spaniel and lab mix should be big enough to cope with any "accidents" when he forgets his size. And while talking about size, you should evaluate whether your home, situation, etc. are ready for the 'Great' part of a Dane. They don't require exsessive space, but they are large and take up the better part of many rooms quite easily. And those tails! I've never seen more knocked over so quickly than when a Dane is excited and that tail goes to wagging in the house.
Great Danes aren't really "on a whim" dogs, you should do some research first, great start by coming here and asking.

GOOD LUCK!

EDIT- "doggymisty333", you're right, eating when the food isn't elevated is bad, but it doesn't cause lung problems…it is thought to contribute to BLOAT, a very serious STOMACH problem. Just so you know.

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January 14, 2008

Common Sense, People! @ 1:29 pm

A bored dog of any breed will probably go after the furniture and/or whatever else is available. A properly exercised dog's body and mind are stimulated to the point where they're not destructive. Get it?
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rob g @ 1:33 pm

I have 3 great danes, and none of them have EVER eaten or chewed furniture. Anyways, give them chew bones, and that will keep their attention. I have found that there simply are SO many myths about Great Danes. They are NOT clumsy, awkward, or messy. They are gentle, nimble, sweet, and SOOOO faithful.

If you can have a Great Dane, I swear to you that you will be so happy. I could never own another dog. They keep my home safe, and worship me like i am their God! lol They get so much attention and looks as well.

Go for it!

Feel free to email me, and I'll show you the cutest dam dog you will ever see. 180 pounds of handsome.
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Roni @ 1:33 pm

great danes are not any more distructive then most any other breed. of course they have some health problems that you should look into before finding one. and they can have a short life like most giant breeds they mature slowly though they can grow fast so most do not recomend feeding a puppy food to them as that can make them grow very fast. also remember that with their size means some vet bills like fixing them will be more just for the amount of meds needed

but with that all said they make wonderful dogs and pets and for the ones that use them wonderful service dogs
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malak @ 1:33 pm

All bored dogs will chew, its just the larger they are, they bigger the bite makes. Danes are very friendly dogs, but remember, they have short life spans, which is why I can't have one. I had a hard enough time losing a 15-year old, can't even imagine losing a 7-year old to old age.
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?Golden gal? @ 1:36 pm

Geeze I have to agree with rob on this one. My sister's Dane was not distructive at all. She was a rescue Dane too. She was the sweetest dog.
I dont know where your mom heard this from but it's just not true!
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doggymisty333 @ 1:36 pm

my friend has a great dane, and i love them too! i want one to too. well, i beleive that they dont eat has much as your mom expressed, but you have to be careful, because, because of there massive size, you have to put the food bowls on something to elevate them, if you dont, while it is eating it will injest too much air while it is eating, and might get lung problems
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grdane @ 1:38 pm

My great dane has never chewed on anything except the toys/bones that I give her ( she has quite alot of them ) and gets along w/ other dogs as long as they are not aggressive (automatic fighters) She loves the park and is no problem when she sees others. She has a new best friend that I adopted almost two months ago (a small german shepherd mix) and has accepted her into our little family. She gets along great w/ my mother's jack russell (very small dog) but there was one dog that she didn't. It was my friend's boxer. But, this dog killed almost everything in sight(birds, rabbits, squirrels, etc., ) They had to be broken up, it could have gotten bad. Just remember G. Dane's are a huge breed and are the natural alpha, so when you bring a new dog in you have to actually baby sit, bones, toys anything could become a fight.
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Annabelle's Mommy @ 1:43 pm

I have a 9month old female great dane, and she's only tried to chew on the furniture once, and it was our fault…We thought she'd be ok left to roam the house while we went to the store, well we were wrong and came home to her eating on the couch, but I fixed it and from now on, she's put in her cage while we are gone…Any dog can chew on furniture when left b/c they get bored it's not just with Great Danes…You asked if they are good with small dogs, yes, ours is GREAT with our other two…We also have a Chihuahua and a Pomeranian/Maltese mix, and they are all three bestriends…Our Great Dane has grown up with the other two, and knows to watch out for them, and they know to watch out for her. Here's a picture of all three of my babies together…

Here's a picture of our great dane and chihuahua
http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc288/KistyJo/dogs017.jpg

here's a pic. of her and our Pom./Maltese playing
http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc288/KistyJo/015.jpg
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Lydia @ 1:44 pm

Great Danes are fantastic! Good choice. The chewing thing will depend on the age of the dog you adopt, and is pretty easy to correct- make sure he/she has a few toys that are allowed for chewing, and spray everything else with "Chew Stop" or a similar product…it just tastes bitter and discourages gnawing furniture. Did the trick at my house.
Great Danes are typically very gentle, in a rather clumsy way, the spaniel and lab mix should be big enough to cope with any "accidents" when he forgets his size. And while talking about size, you should evaluate whether your home, situation, etc. are ready for the 'Great' part of a Dane. They don't require exsessive space, but they are large and take up the better part of many rooms quite easily. And those tails! I've never seen more knocked over so quickly than when a Dane is excited and that tail goes to wagging in the house.
Great Danes aren't really "on a whim" dogs, you should do some research first, great start by coming here and asking.

GOOD LUCK!

EDIT- "doggymisty333", you're right, eating when the food isn't elevated is bad, but it doesn't cause lung problems…it is thought to contribute to BLOAT, a very serious STOMACH problem. Just so you know.
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Experience with the best dog ever, Mary Jane. My Great Dane who at 10 months weighs 96 lbs.

Great Dane Lover @ 2:57 pm

Just like any other breed/mix there are Danes that will chew furniture or anything else. Like any other dog they need safe chew toys/bones, exercise & play time and training.

A well bred well cared for Dane is no more shortlived then say a Lab or Golden…they can and often do live into their teens. Also a Dane from a responsible breeder is no more prone to health issues then any other breed/mix of dog.
Danes are easy to train, they are loving and they usually get along well with other dogs, cats, rabbits, etc as long as they are properly socialized and trained with other pets.
They don't require a lot of exercise, but do enjoy play time and walks.

I would recommend reading the book The Great Dane Model Of Nobility by Jill Swedlow. It ia wonderful, informative book on the breed written by a very, very knowledgable Dane person.

I would also recommend going ot the Great Dane of America site http://www.gdca.org for a lot more info on Danes.

I've owned Danes for over 25 years. I've owned rescues and bought pups from breeders. I've shown and titled in obedience & rally and am currently showing in conformation. I also have certified therapy Danes. My Danes also have their AKC CGC award. I also take my Danes to demos, parades, camping, on hikes, use them as meet and greet dogs for the CGC tests, take them to work with me at the vet hospital, etc.
I currently own 3 a 17 month old Harlequin boy (neutered), a 5 year old fawn girl (spayed) and an 18 month old fawn boy (my intact, natural ear show boy)
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