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So I'm adopting a Great Dane

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ChocolateTeacup Thu 20-Feb-14 12:19:13


I have fallen in love with an 18 month old Great Dane who has been returned to his breeder after his old owners moved, he arrives tomorrow, needs castration and manners.

I'm taking a trip to the pet shop to get the basics covered, he is fully vaccinated and flea & worming has been done recently. A vet trip has been booked for next week to get him checked over and dog training classes have been enrolled on!

Do any Great Dane owners have any advice, I have owned a St Bernard in the past but most of my dogs have been smaller collie and german shepherd types!

Aked Thu 20-Feb-14 13:09:18

No advice I'm afraid, but good luck!!

RayPurchase Thu 20-Feb-14 13:20:13

Good luck! I'm very jealous...

minkersmum Thu 20-Feb-14 13:40:23

I had a Great Dane. She passed two years ago aged 10. She was the most gentle lovely girl ever. Adored children and was very affectionate and gentle around them. Once I had my dc she did become a little fussy about other dogs which seems like a bigger problem with a big dog.

She was fairly simple. My collie/terrier was always the boss and could run rings round her. It didn't make her any less loveable, perhaps more loveable.

At the end of her life she became incontinent and her body gave up way before her mind. Unlike my collie/terrier who became completely senile at 17 and was very ready to go. It was very hard to say goodbye to her because she was still very 'there' in mind. I loved that big lump so much ... Ooft choking back the tears here, sorry!!

In short I loved having my GD. She was majestic!

Think they probably similar to St Bernard in terms of being prone to same problems like bloat etc. Will also need feeding stand. Mine was a bit of a stinker! Quite smelly coat and also not bothered about having dirty bum/feet which she often did!! Apparently dirty bottoms are a common thing with GD's!! You learn to live with it and baby wipes are very handy!!

I would love another. My only reservation would be them going so young. Despite having my collie/terrier for 18 yrs and feeling she was my 'special' girl, it was harder saying goodbye to my GD. It completely broke my heart. The first dane I stroked after she passed had me in floods. There is something so special about them, velvet ears, funny wee boney bit on their heads, big slabbery chops!!

So no tips but lots of lovely memories!! I am sure you will LOVE him and you sound well prepared! Good luck x

mrslaughan Thu 20-Feb-14 19:49:29

Latest studies about bloat, show that raising food on a stand, does not decrease the chances of bloat and may actually increase it.

I have a giAnt and walk regularly with a Great Dane pup ( she's nearly a year) - she is quite high energy, very bouncy, but loveable. I would be finding a well behaved large dog - like another giant, to walk with, to set your new boy a good example.

The other thing is a dogmatic halti, it's what my friend found best for managing her girl.

Also I believe there is a Facebook group devoted to Dane owners, and it seems very active with lots of people offering advise.

She also takes hers to a ring craft class - apparently hers is not show quality ( I wouldn't know) but the the class has a lot of Great Danes, and she uses it as another opportunity for training, socialisation and meeting other owners of Danes.

mrslaughan Thu 20-Feb-14 19:50:56

The ring craft class is North London, if by chance that is anywhere near you.

tammytwigg Thu 20-Feb-14 19:57:06

I used to have a dane ,three words gangly giddy and gorgeous loved her to bits ,no brain but the kindest dog I've had a privilege to own loved my Chloe x

minkersmum Thu 20-Feb-14 22:34:03

I used a halti with my girl. She was always happy in it and walked beautifully.

I used a raised stand to give a more comfortable feeding position. I didn't actually know they had previously been thought to help prevent bloat.

Great danes are just fab!

Mine was quite a heavy chunky type rather than the more skinny ones. My dad called her Mallet Head!!

ChocolateTeacup Fri 21-Feb-14 07:31:18

Thank you all smile I am about to leave to go and collect him (he is 4 hours away from me!)

I am down south so unfortunately not mrslaughan although there is something similar near me

Very excited!

Cakesnbeer Fri 21-Feb-14 08:47:01

Bloat, bone cancer, DCM and bowels of hellsmile

Get life time cover with at least 7000 per condition. I have heard that the giant breed royal canin has reduced bloat in a few Dane specific rescues though we barf ours.

Dogmatic is my head collar of choice.

Don't let them on sofas, at some point they will shit all over it or leave poo crumbs.

Greedy, affectionate, bouncy and marvellous fun, mine all are rescues so I might sound a bit jaded- i get the decline

babblington Fri 21-Feb-14 08:59:18

We just (before Christmas) adopted a 3 year old dane, gorgeous thing he is. You really need to up your game on food about as they can reach everything and do!

minkersmum Sat 22-Feb-14 18:49:34

cakesnbeer poo crumbs!! Yip I remember those!! We called them 'poo stops'. I quickly learned never to assume a raisin on the floor was a raisin!! grin

I also had the shit all over the couch incident as we approached the incontinent years. I coped with 2 years of faecal incontinence and it got to the point where she would be unable to get up herself and would be covered in it sad

StrawberryCheese Sat 22-Feb-14 18:56:12

No advice but I love Great Danes they are beautiful! Although I recently met a Great Dane called Grace, she was far from graceful grin

Please come back with a picture!

ChocolateTeacup Sat 22-Feb-14 20:15:39

Here he is

theincrediblealfonso Sat 22-Feb-14 20:23:44

Aww, totally at home already!

roadwalker Sat 22-Feb-14 20:26:48

I loved my great dane
He was called Jack Russel
Mine only lived to 5 though with terrible health problems. He had diabetes (that was challenging) and heart problems so I would second the health insurance
I am now of the belief that he came from a puppy farm, had an excellent pedigree, but things didn't add up. I had never heard of puppy farms then, it was years ago
Anyway, he had a lovely personality. He was v greedy and putting things out of reach was the biggest challenge
He would go bandy legged if I walked him too much. Picking up poo was something else
His co-ordination was terrible. He couldn't jump over a tiny wall, he would jump and land before he got to it.

Cakesnbeer Sat 22-Feb-14 20:33:18

Oh minkers, here too....oh look you pooped yourself and are lying it. Gwad!

But chocolate poo and insurance aside, yours is lovely (mine are too reallysmile

I do think they look better in pairs though...

furlinedsheepskinjacket Sat 22-Feb-14 20:38:47

wow lucky you

he's gorgeous

are you ready for the drooooooooooool?

Tigerstripes Sat 22-Feb-14 20:40:37

We had Danes and st bernards from before I was born until I went to uni. Adored them! Is yours harlequin? My best advice would be to not leave food on the counter. Lost a few lunchtime sandwiches that way. They move faster than you think!

AHardDaysWrite Sat 22-Feb-14 20:40:48

He's a beauty!

Tigerstripes Sat 22-Feb-14 20:42:03

Oh yes, the drool! The roof of our land rover was covered inside. My dad refused to drive it.

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