The Great Dane is an ancient breed (originally a hunting and guarding dog, nowadays companion and family watchdog) that belongs to the Working Group of dog types classified by the AKC. Somewhere in the middle between the mastiff and the greyhound, this type of dog was already known at the time of Alexander the Great and later on was developed in central and northern Europe as Great Dane, Grand Danois, Danische Dogge, Deutsche Dogge, Dogue Allemand or Alano (the latter name used in Italy, Spain and the Latin countries). Characterized by great size and nobility that earned him the epithet gentle giant, he also possesses the classic proportions and beauty for which he was rightfully called the Apollo of Dogs. This is a dog that, although he is grand beyond doubt, standing over 30 inches in height at the withers and exceeding 100 lbs. in weight, can equally adapt to living even in an apartment with grace and ease, as he is a house dog, definitely more suitable to live indoors because he is clean in habits, calm, aristocratic, discreet and sensible in disposition. It is a must, of course, that he lives close to us, next to us, because otherwise the Dane withers: the easiest and most certain way to harm him is to exclude him from human company and tie him by a chain to a dog house, confine him to the back yard, the corner of the garden or the balcony; soon there he will get ill, as only near his human family the Dane feels happy and ready to go anywhere and do anything (in the words of the old breed standard). His short, sleek, single coat (lacking undercoat) does not protect him from dampness or drafts and the breed is susceptible to colds and pneumonia if not sheltered from the winter conditions. So if you love your dog you must safeguard him against these great dangers. Excerpts from an article by Maria Winsor-Ginala We are Rob and Belinda Dickens and we live on a beautiful farm in middle Tennessee with our two children, Danes, and other animals. All of our puppies will be raised in our home with our three year old son and five year old daughter, as well as our cats and adult Danes. We will use the Bio Sensor or Super Dog method from birth to 16 days, and continue with proper socialization and enrichment until the time they are ready to go to their new homes. You can read more about this wonderful method by visiting We do not have any litters planned until Merci finishes her Championship. If you would be interested in a puppy from a future breeding please email us to find out more information. Merci is our gorgeous Blue foundation female. She is regal and elegant, while at the same time warm and loving. Some of her favorite activities include curling up on the couch with the kids to watch a movie, going for rides to see new places and people, and playing tag in our fields. We would like to say a huge Thank You to Peggy Dieter-Ritter of G'Dieter Danes for allowing us to have this amazing girl in our home! What should I feed my new Great Dane puppy? A normal human will take 18 to 20 years to reach their adult weight of 130 -150 pounds! Can you imagine going from about one pound at birth, to that same 130 - 150 pounds in just over a year?! Well, that's exactly what your Great Dane puppy will do. Proper nutrition can not be stressed enough. Bone and joint diseases in giant breed dogs have been linked in part to being fed  too much protein and fat while they are still growing. For smaller dog breeds a very high protein and fat level in their feed is recommended so they grow quickly, but with Danes and other giant breeds which triple and quadruple that size, the quicker they grow the more problems there will be! Slow steady growth is the goal. A protein level of 21% to 26% is perfect. Have no fear, your puppy will still reach it's genetic potential for height and weight, but without the added risks of so much strain on growing bones. High quality food is also extremely important. Meat should be listed as the first ingredient, and the second if possible. We have studied labels, participated in discussions with other breeders from around the USA, and tried several of the best brands ourselves. We have found Diamond Adult Dog Food to meet every requirement, and at half the price of competitors! We have been exponentially satisfied with the product and would recommend it to anyone! To read more about Diamond Premium Products visitDo I really need to continue with a vaccination program for my puppy? I've heard they can be dangerous to Great Danes, and that Veterinarians are just out for the money.Great Danes are certainly more sensitive to vaccinations, medications and heartworm preventative than most other breeds, but with proper consideration the risks are minimal, and well worth it. We have witnessed too many times the heartache of someone losing a puppy to Parvo or some other horrible virus, and were saddened more still to know that it could have been prevented! Should your puppy contract such an illness, the cost can be as much as $1500 to try and save your beloved family member, only to lose it in the end. Our stand, "Vaccinate responsibly." The puppy series of shots should be given no closer than two weeks apart (preferably three weeks) to give the pup time to recover. The rabies is better left until 6 months of age, and never in combination with any other treatment or vaccinations. Should I have my puppy's ears cropped?Natural ears are becoming more and more popular in the United States, especially for pets. There have even been a few natural eared Danes to finish their AKC Championships. We love the look of both and feel that cropping should be a personal, educated decision. There are many draw backs to cropping your Great Dane's ears, such as: The risk of death due to putting the pup to sleep at such an incredibly  young age for the procedure. Cropped ears can be very difficult to make stand correctly for the first-timer. Many vets are unfamiliar with Great Dane cropping, and we have seen a lot of short crops on Great Danes, which in not attractive. It is also very expensive to have a vet who is notable for doing a good job on Dane ears perform the procedure, and you will often times have to travel long distances for the surgery and weekly check-ups for 6-8 weeks! For example: We have to travel 3 1/2 hours to the closest notable Vet and the procedure costs about $300. On the flip side, a good show crop looks great!!! If you are showing, as awful as it may sound, many judges are partial to cropped ears. There is also the point of breed recognition; most people think of a Great Dane as being cropped!Do I really need to crate train my puppy? Crate training is not only important for you and your home, but for the puppy as well. In nature they would have a den where they could go to rest, for peace and quiet, or just to be alone for a while. A crate is basically a den within your home. A basic rule for length of time a puppy can wait to go bathroom is an hour for every month they are old. Four months is usually the break through period for puppies, as 16 weeks is the time when they finally begin to gain more control of their muscles. A few things to remember when purchasing a crate (which can be a couple of hundred dollars for an adult Dane). If you buy the extra large crate to begin with, your puppy will probably use one end as the bathroom and sleep on the other end, thus complicating potty training. But Danes grow so quickly that buying a new crate every couple of months is unrealistic as well. A simple compromise would be to put a divider inside the extra large crate that can be adjusted as the puppy grows to allow him/her only enough room to sleep and turn around comfortably. My Great Dane is just going to be our family pet, do I really need to go through obedience training with him/her?Yes! Basic obedience is necessary for any dog which is going to occupy your home, but especially so for one that may out weight you when all is said and done! Great Danes are very gentle by nature, but they are still part of the canine family and have instincts, as well as their own communication system (which may differ from your's quite a bit). Aside from the practical reasons to go through obedience training with your puppy, there is also the fun of it! It can be a bonding experience for Dane and Owner, as you spend quality time focusing on your pup's accomplishments. And you never know, if your pup has a knack for obedience and you have the patience, one thing may lead to another and you are suddenly gaining Obedience Titles from AKC competitions! Even altered pets can compete in Obedience, and boy is that a thrill! Custom Murals. Perhaps you want something very refined, or the feel of a country cottage, log cabin, or maybe you want a lush tropical setting. 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