Great Dane Mixes Are Not Just Any Dogs!
There are many reasons why people choose to have a dog of any breed. Some may want a dog with agility skills or one that will make them feel calm during stressful situations. Others might prefer a small dog because they like the idea of being able to control such dogs themselves without having to rely on others. Still others would like a dog that is quiet and doesn’t bark too much.
The list goes on and on. There are many different types of dogs out there, but none of those breeds are just “just” a dog. They all have their own unique qualities which makes them desirable for certain purposes. Great Danes fall into the same category as other large breed dogs, but they do not fit neatly into any particular type of dog either.
Great Danes are a very popular breed in the United States due to their size and popularity among dog lovers. A common misconception is that these dogs are only good for show ring work, but that isn’t necessarily true. Great Danes have been used in law enforcement, search and rescue operations, military service, therapy work and even in some medical settings.
They’ve also proven themselves to be excellent family pets as well. Part of the reason why Great Danes have been used in so many different settings is because they aren’t just “any” dog. They do have unique traits and skills that set them apart from many other breeds which actually make them more desirable for various types of work.
They are very gentle, for example. A fully grown adult male can weigh as much as 200 pounds or more which can be a scary size, but a Great Dane is also a very gentle creature. They are not aggressive towards people or other animals, but they can be very intimidating to the untrained eye. They are intelligent too, which makes them a good choice for work in many settings.
Many people are under the impression that all Great Danes are a certain way, but that isn’t necessarily true either. Just like any other breed of dog, each Great Dane is different from one another and may have different personality traits as well as different physical features.
Great Dane temperaments also vary from one dog to another and that is why it is important to know what you are looking for in a dog and which type of traits you want it to have before you even set out to find the right one at the shelter or elsewhere.
Some Great Dane owners like their dogs to be very active while others want them to be more laid back. Some people like their dogs to be protective while others don’t want that at all. You really have to know what you want in a dog before you even start looking so that you aren’t disappointed with the outcome of your search.
If you are a person who likes to go running or jogging on a regular basis, you might want to consider getting a Great Dane because of their amazing stamina and endurance. Many people think that Great Danes are too large to be able to keep up, but that isn’t necessarily true.
These dogs can maintain a steady jog for as long as you can and they love it too. It’s just another trait that makes these dogs unique in their own way. They are also very gentle creatures even when they are moving at high speeds which is why many people like them so much.
Other dog breeds tend to be more aggressive when they are running whereas a Great Dane is calm and collected no matter what. That makes them a lot easier to handle in many situations and for first time owners in particular.
Purchasing A Great Dane
Great Danes can be purchased either from a private party or from a professional breeder.
If you purchase a dog from a private seller, you run the risk of getting a sick dog that is going to cost you a lot of money to get treated at the vet. You may also find that you have purchased a dog that has one or two behavioral issues that weren’t apparent when you first met the dog or owner.
These issues can sometimes be minor or they can be more serious. Badly behaved dogs or dogs with minor health problems are sometimes sold at a reduced rate by the owner who can no longer handle them for whatever reason.
When purchasing from a breeder, you have a little more security in knowing that the dog has been examined by a professional and is free of any serious health problems. You will also have a better guarantee that the dog is actually of the breed that it is claimed to be since the breeder should have conducted the correct tests to confirm this.
However, with all the recent breeding scandals within the dog world, it is becoming harder and harder to find a reputable breeder that doesn’t lie about their dogs ancestry.
Great Danes are particularly susceptible to this since there are so many different types of mixed breed dogs that can give birth to a litter of puppies that may or may not resemble the Great Dane parent.
Some unscrupulous breeders lie about this to make a quick buck.
I have heard of Great Dane puppies in the past that were actually a different breed altogether but were advertised as such until the owners realized their terrible mistake when the puppies grew up.
This is really sad for people who buy these dogs since they have no idea what they have gotten themselves into and it’s sad for the puppies that have been lied to since birth.
It’s your choice whether you get your dog from a private owner or a breeder, but just make sure that you know what you are getting into and that you don’t end up with problems later on.
Great Dane Grooming
Great Danes do not require an extensive amount of grooming to keep them looking good.
All that is required is to brush them once every two weeks or so to remove any dead hairs and keep their coats clean and tangle free.
You can bathe them as often as you like, but it isn’t necessary since these dogs are able to maintain their own hygiene. (They have a lot of hair after all.)
In terms of trimming their fur, it’s up to you whether you want to do it or not. Some people like to keep the long coat looking neat and trim it into a more manageable style. Others choose to keep the coat in its natural state.
Some owners have been know to do both depending on the situation. For example, if the dog is going to be shown then the coat will often be trimmed into a more classic canine fashion.
For pets and family dogs, people tend to keep the coat in its natural state or only trim it slightly depending on how messy the dog likes to get.
Great Dane Activity and Exercise
Great Danes need a lot of exercise and if you don’t provide it then you are going to have a very cranky pet on your hands. These dogs were originally bred to hunt with large game and they have the energy levels to match such behavior. Hunting wild boar all day is pretty tough work, so they are going to need a goodly amount of exercise to burn off all that energy every day.
Fortunately, Great Danes are adaptable to almost any environment as long as they are given the chance to get regular exercise. You can keep one as a pet in an apartment if you don’t go on frequent walks or jogs with it. You can also keep one in the country as long as you have a large yard for it to run around in.
The most important thing is to make sure that it is getting enough exercise because if it isn’t then it is going to cause some serious behavioral problems. You don’t want to be around a dog that is bored and kicking around the house all day because it will not be a pleasant experience for either of you.
So, if you are thinking about getting a Great Dane then you need to make sure that you have the time and energy to take care of it properly.
Great Dane Children
The best situation for a Great Dane is to have a family that is going to take it on as their pet. These dogs form attachments to their owners and suffer from separation anxiety if they are away from them for too long.
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