Would a Great Dane Get Along With Shetland Sheepdogs?

We have 2 young Shelties. I would love to adopt a rescue Dane. We do have the time, finances, and SPACE to get one. Or would it be better to get one as a pup? Our dogs are fine with other dogs in public because they are obedience trained and go to obedience and agility but they aren't crazy about other dogs on our property and they get jealous easily. Is there another breed that would be more suitable? We live on Lake Michigan and I just think a big Dane would love to romp along the shore!

You really shouldn't judge a dog by it's breed. The only way you will know how it will get along with your other dogs is to bring them with you to go meet the dane before you adopt it. Let them get to know eachother for about twenty minutes (with help on hand in case of a fight) and see how it turns out.

  • Rerri

    If the Great Dane is socialized, go for it!
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  • Garden by M

    if you want a dog that is friendly to small dogs, get a golden retriever…..never mix a large dog with small unless they grow up together
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  • bubblyriecei

    if its friendly..
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  • uverhaff

    I have Irish Wolfhounds and Mini Wire Dachshunds and I've never had a problem. Size rarely matters with regards to dogs getting along.

    I would be wary if the dane is the same size as your shelties. That could coz problems around feeding or season time.

    It's always safer to go wit a puppy but that doesn't mean it can never work with older dogs. A lot depends on the history of the dane. Talk with the kennel staff in the rescue kennels. They should have been checking out the dane's temprement so will be able to give the best advice.

    If you do decide to get the dane, I wouldn't leave the dane on its own with the two shelties at any stage in the first 3 months.

    As an aside, if the dane is under 6 months old, don't let it do any romping along the shore - its bad for their bones and joints.

    Good luck whichever way you decide to go!
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  • Kit_kat

    My great dane gets along great with my shelties and my little 2 pound pom.
    I would be leary of rescuing one as you don't know for sure of any problems.
    A puppy can be trained and raised to get along with the shelties.
    Good luck
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  • irresistablechick800

    You really shouldn't judge a dog by it's breed. The only way you will know how it will get along with your other dogs is to bring them with you to go meet the dane before you adopt it. Let them get to know eachother for about twenty minutes (with help on hand in case of a fight) and see how it turns out.
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  • lotsadogs

    Good for you for wanting to rescue a dog instead of buying the cute puppy in the window. Dane pups can get several bone growth disorders. If you adopt a dog about a year old, you'll know if it's healthy beforehand and not have any nasty surprises as he grows.

    Danes get big fast. At 8 weeks, my dane was the same size as my 2 yr old Lhasa Apso (about 22 lbs). He's 9 months this week, and 36" at the shoulder, 115 lbs.

    Are your Sheltie's altered? If they are, and if they meet the dane somewhere neutral, there's a good chance they'll all be fine together. You may have a few squabbles as they figure out who's above who in your pack. As long as you're alpha, you can make sure noone gets hurt as they figure it out. Jealousy needs to be nipped in the bud. If you're a strong alpha, and your dogs are secure and self confident, this shouldn't be a big problem.

    A good rescue program is going to insist all the dogs and family members meet the new guy before they let you have a dane of any age. I don't think you'll have a problem once they realize this big lug is part of the pack now. Just make sure you supervise all interactions for a while. If they do have a serious problem with each other, danes can do a lot of damage in a short period of time.

    Also make sure your Shelties have a place they can retreat to where the dane can't reach them. My Lhasa runs under the coffee table in the corner when my dane plays too rough for her. She's his favorite squeaky toy and girlfriend all rolled into one. He lays down and whines for her to come back out, but he's much calmer when she finally does.
    Good Luck!
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