|Barked: Sat Mar 21, '09 12:12pm PST |
|Ummm..........Stinky, I would stay away from Gentle Giants rescue. They have had some legal problems in the past and if you look up some online backround on them you will find some very unhappy customers. I do have a friend who will always adopt from them (has adopted 3 so far) but I know of many more who have had problems with them. I myself was declined adoption (fence size) but it wasn't until after I got Gunther that I heard unsettling things about them.
Quigley you forgot about brindles............lol.
As for a great dane? I will always have either a great dane or mastiff at all times. Awesome awesome dogs. They can vary greatly in temperments, personality and size though so def. do your research.
Gunther has been the easiest dog I've ever worked with. He has his issues (he is protective) but listens extremely well.
Although I've never had this issue I have heard soooo many times that they are pretty destructive as pups. Eating their way thru sofas, drywall and doorframes. I even heard of one chewing thru an interior wall to the outside in 1 day!!
Socialization and training are key with this breed. Some danes can be reactive, and they are all big chickens as babies. They are afriad of everything as puppies. As some tend to be quite protective, socialization with all sorts of people and animals is important. Training is key simply b/c of their size. They tend to be "leaners" as all giant breeds are and when young they also like using their front feet alot so one needs to put a stop to that right away before you end up with a black eye or a fat lip.
Their nutritional needs are different than an average sized dog. They require something soft to lay on, no hard floors for them or they will end up with hydromas and/or large callouses and arthritis. Obviously bloat is a major concern for this breed, so one has to learn how to manage it as well as what signs to look for. Other health concerns include joint problems, heart problems and bone cancer.
I found an older dog breed book (1980) that listed the different personalities per color which I found to be very interesting. I thought I would list them here. It only lists differences b/t 3 colors. It states that there is a connection b/t the color and it's personality.
Tawny (fawn) dane: The tawny dane is thinner and more agile than the black: therefore it's temperment is more lively.
Brindle: together with the tawny dane, it is considered to be the liveliest of the danes. (of course I have found this not to be true with Gunther................LOL). It has a slightly thinner build.
Harlequin: Heavier than the other varieties of dane, the harlequin is equally good-natured and intelligent, but it is somewhat more phlegmatic and not as quick in responding to orders.
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