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So, I'm just finishing school and plan to move out soon, and have been seriously thinking about getting a great dane puppy.

I think they look beautiful, and would really like a large dog. However, I have never owned a large dog. I have family and friends who have had large breed dogs, have gone for walks etc with them, and I think I could handle the responsibility.

At my mums house we currently have a rough collie x (mums dog who i normally look after), a maltese cross and my dog Romeo, a jack russel x foxy who i got from a shelter 11 years ago. Romeo is growing rather old, and I'm not sure how much more time I'll have with him.

If I do moveout, I would definitely take Romeo with me. However, he took a long time to get used to the other two dogs when we got them as puppies, and I dont think he could handle accepting another into our little family. I should wait for my old boy to pass on before I bring home a new puppy, shouldn't I?

Moving on - can people who have experience with this breed give me advice? I have done some research, so have decided to look for a breeder if I get a puppy, and I'm a little worried about health problems common in giant breeds, like stuff with their hips or heart. If I make sure my puppy has been vet checked and from a planned litter, is there a better chance that I will have a healthy dog?

As I live in a rural area, I would have to go on quite a long drive to first see the parents, chat with breeder etc, and then pick up my puppy when ready. Would the puppy be okay for a car ride of atleast 3 hours, if not 5, or even 10... Any tips for long car rides with new puppies?

Then there is when he grows up. Are great danes jumpers? Would I have to make sure my yard had at least a six foot high fence? I would like him to be an inside dog, but if i haveto go somewhere i normally leave my pets outside to avoid messes.

And the big thing I worry about - I need to work, and while hoping to get a place with friends so someone is at home, I wouldn't be able to guarrantee my great dane wouldnt be left alone for up to around 8 hours a couple of times a week. And during the dogs lifetime, I may live alone at sone point, which would mean my dog would definitely haveto be along when I work. (at the moment a have a casual job, normally 8am to 4pm three or four times a week)


Should i wait til I have a family and know my dog ont be left along for long periods of time?

I would really love some tips on owning a great dane! I am very interested in this breed :)
 

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So, I'm just finishing school and plan to move out soon, and have been seriously thinking about getting a great dane puppy.

I think they look beautiful, and would really like a large dog. However, I have never owned a large dog. I have family and friends who have had large breed dogs, have gone for walks etc with them, and I think I could handle the responsibility.

At my mums house we currently have a rough collie x (mums dog who i normally look after), a maltese cross and my dog Romeo, a jack russel x foxy who i got from a shelter 11 years ago. Romeo is growing rather old, and I'm not sure how much more time I'll have with him.

If I do moveout, I would definitely take Romeo with me. However, he took a long time to get used to the other two dogs when we got them as puppies, and I dont think he could handle accepting another into our little family. I should wait for my old boy to pass on before I bring home a new puppy, shouldn't I?

Moving on - can people who have experience with this breed give me advice? I have done some research, so have decided to look for a breeder if I get a puppy, and I'm a little worried about health problems common in giant breeds, like stuff with their hips or heart. If I make sure my puppy has been vet checked and from a planned litter, is there a better chance that I will have a healthy dog?

As I live in a rural area, I would have to go on quite a long drive to first see the parents, chat with breeder etc, and then pick up my puppy when ready. Would the puppy be okay for a car ride of atleast 3 hours, if not 5, or even 10... Any tips for long car rides with new puppies?

Then there is when he grows up. Are great danes jumpers? Would I have to make sure my yard had at least a six foot high fence? I would like him to be an inside dog, but if i haveto go somewhere i normally leave my pets outside to avoid messes.

And the big thing I worry about - I need to work, and while hoping to get a place with friends so someone is at home, I wouldn't be able to guarrantee my great dane wouldnt be left alone for up to around 8 hours a couple of times a week. And during the dogs lifetime, I may live alone at sone point, which would mean my dog would definitely haveto be along when I work. (at the moment a have a casual job, normally 8am to 4pm three or four times a week)

Should i wait til I have a family and know my dog ont be left along for long periods of time?

I would really love some tips on owning a great dane! I am very interested in this breed :)
This will sound rude but honestly? I would suggest not even going there.
Have you ever lived in your own home and paid all your bills? How much do you think feeding this dog will cost? They eat an awful lot more than your jack russel / Maltese etch. That on top of your bills will shock the living day lights out of you especially at first. I am often surprised how much it costs to feed my yorkie - and you'd want to give him the best food you could afford for his needs , wouldn't you? What about vet bills , collars , leads etc. The puppy will grow and grow quickly and you will need to change these things.

I would recommend trying to volunteer somewhere, where you can handle large breeds to see what you're getting yourself in for. It's not always easy training a dog and if he doesn't get trained properly, you have a very large dog that will rule your life and become dangerous to you or others around you. I don't mean neccessarily aggressive - but he could pull you in the road, things like this.

I would not reccomend getting a dog if you know it's going to be alone all day. Don't get me wrong. People do it. But it's just a silly idea, especially with a PUPPY that size. It will get bored/lonely and could end up chewing your house to pieces amongst other things.
Of course you could hire a walker or other means, but if that dog is not TRAINED, nobody will want to assist you with such a large dog if it is unruly.

You know the answer about your other dog. I think at such a late age, when you kNOW he doesn't like new additions and introductions it wouldn't be fair to add such a large puppy especially who will bounce all over him / possibly hurt Him by doing so.

Whilst vet checks and KC registered is beneficial, you can still sadly get crooks and even then, if a breed is known to have / get problems later in life, sometimes it still can not be prevented. It's in the genetic of the dog, the way they were bred or just the way their bodies are - for examp
le, tall injuries and hip problems could be due to just the sheer size / weight of the dog. I am not an expert on Great Danes but all dogs, all breeds have problems they are known for, and it is a risk or chance that when you get a specific breed, it could happen.

Although they are not particularly long life breeds, you should expect to have this dog for 12 years or so. What if you don't train him properly ? I know you will intend to, we all do, but what if you lack the knowledge, or the time even ? You could have this dog for 12 years. What if he bounces on your children In the future ? Knock your grandma over? Think long and hard about getting any dog but especially one that will be towering over you on it's back legs!

I'm sorry but I don't think this is a good idea. I know I sound like a grumpy old cow but everyone hear would be furious if you got this dog and then had to get rid of it because you didn't consider everything you needed to.
Take it from someone that is 20 and so still quite young. Moving out is HARD, even with lots of support. It's a financial and emotional roller coaster at first. Don't get a dog for selfish reasons, make sure you are ready for one and make sure the breed you choose is appropriate for your life style to give it the best life it could have.

Also.. I forgot to answer this part; I wouldn't travel with a puppy for 10 hours. That's a whole day really. I'm sure people have done it but it isn't for me. You would have to clean out poop and wee regularly from whatever you are transporting it in (a young puppy shouldn't be going toilet on roadsides etc due to not having jabs, catching diseases from foxes etc), and you would have to feed and water it. The journey would be even longer then! Still, someone else may tell you otherwise but that's my view on it.
 

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Hi there,

First off it's great to see someone so responsible and doing research. I think BB above is right in many ways, you may think you know big dogs because you've walked a couple but there is a massive difference between a large dog and a GIANT dog, a massive difference. Until you've met the breed, spent some time around it and learned the pros and cons I wouldn't recommend it as more than a passing thought. I would see if there are breed rescues, owners clubs or something similar around you. I also think it's worth thinking about the finances, my dog is only 43kgs or so but feeding her can be very expensive, imagine a dog twice that size and how much it will cost? Vets bills get higher the bigger your dog is, trainers are harder to find if you want positive ones with certain breeds. My dog can almost pull me into the road, I've no doubt a great dane would manage it with ease if not trained properly. We all want to train properly, but with large and giant dogs they're usually big enough to do serious harm before they're even half way trained, it takes a long time to get a dog up to standard. You seem like you have a good head on your shoulders so I'm sure you'll take in all the good advice, also ouesi on here has Danes, might be worth asking them about it or waiting to see if he posts? :)

Edit: Also as BB said having such a specialist dog like this can be hard to care for, not only you but anyone you know who may want to care for it. Your dog could turn out to hate your parents dogs and they couldn't then look after it etc. The larger your dog the more you have to find people you trust implicitly to look after them properly (imo) because they CAN do so much harm if they're excited or boisterous. Mine leaves bruises on my mum when she jumps on her, would your parents tolerate this? Are they physically capable of doing so? Also you want to think about renting and how hard it is with a dog to begin with, nevermind a giant one.
 

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Please don't get a Great Dane. I've had one and whilst they are a lovely dog to own they are simply Too Big for the average house. They need an awful lot of space because of their size. They are extremely strong and need a lot of training, and you need to know what you're doing too. Mine pulled my OH flat on his face in the road once when a cat suddenly appeared the other side of the road. Luckily there were no cars coming.

10 stone of dog costs enormous amounts to feed, insure and the vet bills! Don't get me started on those! If you need antibiotics you pay ten times more than for a smaller dog.

I was the same as you, I loved the look of Danes and really wanted one. I was married, had a decent sized house and garden and thought it would be perfect. We had 2 washing machines destroyed, door frames damaged, and couldn't lave anything out as his tail would swipe it off. Mine took 2 years to become reliably housetrained and to be trusted not to chew.

He was my best friend and I miss him like crazy, but I would never get another Dane and would advise someone Not to get one just because they like the looks of them. They are not simply a bigger version of a dog - they have and cause problems that just wouldn't happen with a small dog.
 

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You probably won't like hearing this but I agree with all of the above, but well done for researching first a lot of people wouldn't even bother :)

You say you'll be finished school soon and starting a job so I expect your life and priorities are going to change a lot over the course of a dogs life. I know because I am currently in my third year of uni and have 2 dogs. It's hard work and means I often don't go out especially as I have a pup at the moment. You have to plan everything you do and cannot just be spontaneous and I am lucky in that I have family that help me out if I do ever need the boys looking after; but I do keep this to a minimum as it's not fair on my family to expect them to look after my dogs.
Could your friends and family cope with a Dane and walking it, also do they want to be restricted whilst you're at work looking after your dog?

With regards to my future I hopefully plan to go into a job where I can take the boys with me or I am flexible and can get home regularly, if this is not possible then a dog walker will be employed. I won't lie sometimes I do regret not being able to just go out however I was fully prepared for that.

So what my long winded post is trying to say is can you be sure that if your priorities drastically change in the next few years you'd want and be able to take a Dane with you? As certain things are much easier with smaller dogs.

It's a lovely dream but is it necessarily realistic?

Good luck with your decision :)
 

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Honest answer?

Now is not the right time. You simply cannot leave a puppy alone for hours on end. It's just not on.

Sorry, but you did ask :)

I'd also like to mention that there are two gorgeous Great Danes at our local park. Both owners had owned dogs before, one had owned large dogs for years. When the Danes were younger, both owners proudly brought them to the park, got loads of attention, and had a great time.

Now let's skip forward a year so we're in the present. Both Great Danes are huge and incredibly strong. One owner is regularly seen in tears because he simply cannot get his dog to recall when commanded, and he literally spends hours desperately chasing his dog round the park. When he finds the dog, he can't 'catch' him and on one occasion, ANOTHER dog owner had to step in and do it for him. The Dane owner was embarrassed to the point of tears.

The other Great Dane has become aggressive to fellow female dogs and the owner has now been warned that if there is one more incident, she will be reported to the police and dog warden.

These are NOT dogs to be taken lightly.

By all means, when you can guarantee that you will have the time to invest in the puppy and the training, start researching breeders. But I don't think that time is now, from what you have said in your original post.

The costs of the food and insurance will be very high so you can perhaps forget nights out, new clothes, holidays, etc.

And again to emphasise: you CANNOT leave a puppy alone for that many hours, it would be unkind.

Sorry to be blunt - it's just that I have watched the two Dane owners mentioned for months now, getting more and more unhappy. The dogs are getting more and more out of control. It's a ghastly situation for both these dogs and I will be surprised if at least one of them does not end up in rescue, frankly.
 
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