The Great Dane Puppy is often described as the “gentle giant” in amongst other breeds. They are both charming and affectionate, they are playful and patient with children and they love everyone and have a need to be around people. They make a very sociable pet, that will obey the owners when trained.
Great Dane Puppies, like any dog require a lot of attention, love and care. Also like other dogs, they make great company in a house. They are most
commonly recognized from their floppy ears and elongated faces. They are popular and are easily trainable. Their popularity originated from their useful ability to hunt deer and wild boar and as a result of this; it made them great pets for hunters during the seventeenth and eighteenth century in Germany. This expanded their breed throughout the world, and their large presence was quite new to cultures where smaller dogs had been bred before. Unlike many other dogs, the Great Dane is fairly small as a puppy although grows to quite a large size.
The Great Dane needs to be trained and to learn moral behavior, one of the many traits that can evolve through bringing up a Great Dane is their ability to understand regulations. It is recommended that you teach a dog rules from the earliest stage of development as that is a prime learning stage for puppies.
When purchasing your new Great Dane puppy
Dogs require allot of attention and the Great Dane is no exception, when buying a puppy you have to train, feed and give them plenty of attention. Their smooth short-hair is easy to groom, you can comb and brush it with a firm bristle brush and dry shampoo if necessary. Great Danes are large so it is quite hard to bath them, most of the time they will try to find means of escape and they will most likely not coordinate with you.
The Great Dane is suitable for all households, as their friendly and lively streak keeps them sociable and playful. You cannot guarantee how a dog may behave in their new environment. For example, buying a dog at early stages of development may have a profound affect on the dogs behavior for a week or two after relocating, this is mainly because dogs during their first few weeks depend on their parents for nurturing and love. The Great Dane will have to get use to their environment, and will most likely want to explore the area it’s in. It is also important to keep the Dane in your garden and it is highly recommended to have a fence that the dog can’t climb or easily get past. Danes should never be allowed to roam free with means of a safe, thick and noticeable collar. Being a large breed, they can easily frighten people. They also tend set up territories, and that might include your neighbors property if they can access those areas. They can chase and kill other animals such as cats, and get into all sorts of mischief if they are not trained to be civil. However, this should not put anyone off due to their kind nature. They can also become protective. It is highly recommended that the Great Dane wears a noticeable collar.
The Great Dane needs to be trained with discipline and praise depending on actions, this is the fastest way to get the puppy to learn the rights and wrongs of your household and social preferences. Discipline should be very restricted and you should never cause the dog long-term discomfort.
Also, praising should also be restrictive and not on a regular basis. If treats and praise is given on a regular basis, that training method will become ineffective and could also be unhealthy for the Dane. Discipline can also involve not playing with the dog for a day or just casually saying something such as ‘bad dog.’
Feeding your Great Dane Puppy
Pet food is a confusing prospect for most as there are hundreds of different types, forms and recommendations for your dog. This is a technique used by many manufacturers to ensure that you can find one that’s right for your dog. You may also find different age recommendations, this is to make sure that your dog gets the best nutrition to help it grow and develop.
A Great Dane puppy should never be fed puppy food, this is due to their rapid growth and puppy food will speed this up too much, causing growth problems. At points in the dogs life; a Great Dane can gain more than 5 pounds a week naturally.
The Great Dane needs quality dog food, this combined with exercise should help your puppy to grow to its height potential. Quality dog foods already have calcium in them, which is also good for your puppy although too much calcium can cause bone problems.
Great Dane puppy Development
As the puppy gets older, it will grow quite rapidly turning into a large, powerful dog whilst still maintaining loyalty to the owner. The nature of the Great Dane makes it protective over the owner. The Great Dane has a proportionate body, square and muscly especially around the neck and back although females may be slightly longer than tall. A full sized male Great Dane averages at around 30-34 inches and the female can also average at 28-32 inches which is slightly shorter than the male. Great Danes have a life expectancy of under 10 years although some can live to 12-14 years old, obviously in this time, your dog could develop health problems causing this to decrease. To keep your Great Dane fit and health it’s recommended that you allow your dog lots of time to exercise; whether that’s throwing a ball in a field or just letting your dog into the garden for half an hour. It is also strongly recommended and crucial to take them on a long walk every day. Although jogging with your dog is not recommended until your puppy is 1 year old. Dogs that do not get daily exercise are more likely to develop heart disease in later life. Some possible health problems for the Great Dane in later life include hip dysplasia, bloat, heart disease and tall injures. They are also prone to mast cell tumors.
The Origin of the Great Dane Puppy
The Great Dane is an old breed, and know as the “Apollo of all dogs.” Breeds similar to the Great Dane has appeared on Greek money dating back to 36BC. These cannot be officially verified as the Great Dane breed though. They have also appeared in drawing on Egyptian monuments from around 3000BC. The Great Dane was recognized in 1887. Some of the Great Danes talents and past uses include tracking, use as a watchdog and most commonly their use for carting.
Overall, Great Dane puppies are a perfect house pet, providing that you treat them with care and cater to their needs whilst and after their early stages. Remember, For all their great size, Great Dane puppies are really quite fragile. Their large size and fast growth can result in clumsiness, which can in turn lead into injury for the cute and loved Great Dane Puppy.