Size/Physique/Colors
 
A great dane will average between 28"-36" in height and anywhere from 100-200lbs.

We breed to meet the GDCA standards for correct conformation of the Great Dane. Keeping the breed balanced and majestic.

When choosing a bloodline or even this breed, it is best to understand how large of a dog you are going to be getting.  Their proper physique is a tiny bit of rib showing, but not where you can see every bone. The Great Dane will grow to its potential height before filling out. 
 
The Great Dane can be a variety of colors. The kennel clubs in the U.S. recognize Fawn, Brindle, Black, Blue, Mantle, and Harlequin. And recently the Merle.

Merles were recognized in Europe first. Recently (2016) the merle has been accepted as a show color. Hopefully there will be more to come in the upcoming years.
 
 



​​ Exercise
The Great Dane needs plenty of exercise.  Jogging is NOT recommended until the dog is at least one year old, but a long walk is necessary if there is no yard available. AKC has approved the Great Dane as an apartment dog, as long as they are walked daily. 
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Nutrition
 
Protein intake should be no more than 25%, and no more than 1% phosphourus and 1.4% calcium. The lower protein allows them to grow at a slower rate. If they grow too fast, too quickly it can cause a number of health issues, stunt their growth, cause hip dysplasia, future joint problems, knuckling, HOD etc.  When choosing a food always check the ingredients to see if the first ingredient listed is a meat, and try and stick with a food for "All life stages." Also, try and stay up to date on any recalls on dog foods. 
 
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Victor Dog Food  
We feed Victor Dog Food to all of our Great Danes. It is made in the USA, hasn't had any recalls, and is great for your dog's health if feeding kibble. 
 

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*Your puppy is fed Victor High Energy while here. (The red bag pictured.)  We send each puppy home with a small bag of food to give you enough time to either get the food or have enough to mix to transition him/her to their new food.*   
Raw Coconut Oil Benefits
Clears up skin problems from allergies due to dry skin, improves general skin health, makes their coat shiny while also deodorizing any doggy odor, prevents and treats yeast and fungal infections, disinfects cuts, improves digestion, reduces or eliminates bad breath, helps control diabetes, and aids in arthritis or ligament problems.

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Apple Cider Vinegar Benefits
*Cleans dog's ears and treats yeast based ear infections. 
*Improves fur, skin, and odor. Treats dandruff and rejuvenates hair, also gets rid of mange.
*Soothes itchy, irritated paws.  
*Repels fleas and ticks.
*Treats dog bruises, itchy skin, rashes, hot spots, and burns and helps with arthritis. Alleviates dog muscle sprains, soreness, and fatigue.  Boosts their immune system and helps with digestion.   
*Fights tooth decay.
*Treats urinary tract infections (UTI) and bladder issues.  
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Grooming
 
The Great Dane is low maintenance in grooming compared to most dogs. If nails are not done on a regular basis, their quick will grow out longer and longer. Once this happens, it will be harder to get them down to a reasonable length; but can be done after time. Regular baths are important, but can be a chore with the size of this breed. To make things a bit easier, you can use a waterless shampoo. The Great Dane sheds moderately. Coconut oil in their food can help with shedding and give them a shiny coat.


We have found that the KING KOMB has worked best with a shedding Great Dane.  We highly recommend this when grooming your Gentle Giant.
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Veterinarians

When choosing a vet, make sure that he/she is KNOWLEDGEABLE of the breed and does not treat your Dane like any other dog. They are a special breed that cannot be treated as such. If they suggest spaying/neutering before a year, RUN.  If you already have a vet and this is your first Dane, ask your vet to please RESEARCH the breed so he/she knows more about them.  If you go a to a vet and you feel pressured into their beliefs and ways, find a new one.  Your vet expereince should be enjoyable and educational with any questions you may ask.
 

If you are in the area, we use Dr. Hillman at Hillman Veterinarian Clinic. Click the button below and recieve 50% off your first visit if you are a new client.  Also, please find the referral form and send that in that Gulf Coast Great Danes referred you! He is truly a very talented, intelligent, and caring vet with a great team that is there for you with any questions or conerns.





Vaccines

Vaccines produce immunity to distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvoirus, and para-influenza. Your puppy will receive a series of these shots up to 8 weeks under our care, but need to have following shots up to the age of three or four months. After that an annual shot and rabies shot as required by your state law. 
 





 

 
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Spay/Neuter

The larger the breed the later they mature. Therefore, spaying/neutering your Dane should be postponed until they are at least 2 years of age for males and after the third heat cycle for females, unless there are any medical or serious behavioral issues to take into consideration. In females, the Great Danes should have a minimum of 3 seasons. You must wait approximately 3 months after the season before considering spaying allowing the internal organs to settle down after the season. We highly recommend spaying your female after the third season if she is not going to be bred. By doing so you are saving her from pyometra, cervical cancer, and other health issues. HOWEVER, spaying/neutering TOO SOON can cause growth issues and health issues later on. If this is not followed we DO NOT GUARANTEE the dog's health. 

                                                Health Issues linked to Spaying/Neutering
 

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Related Health Issues/Life Expectancy
 
The Great Dane is proned to hip dysplasia, bloat, heart disease, tail injuries (happy tail), and mast cell tumors. 

Bloat is something that MUST be watched for in this breed. It is caused from stress, excitement, vigorous exercise, large meals, long drinks, swallowed air, or familial tendency. Bloat happens when the stomach completely flips leading to possible death.  This occurs in most large breed animals. When having your female spayed ask your vet to staple the stomach to minimize the risk of bloat. *See Table below*
 
Great Danes have a life expectancy of under 10 years. However, some can live to be 12-14 years old.


 
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Health Testing

Health testing is available to breeders either through Penn Hip or OFA.  The main two tests needed with Great Danes is hips and heart.  Then following is thyroid and eyes.  OFA offers prelims if under two years old.  Penn Hip can be done before the age of two and measures the laxity of the hips, whereas with OFA the x-ray is sent to them and then put before three veterinarians that specialize in orthopedics.  The three veterinarians then come to a conclusion in rating the hips. 
Health testing does NOT guarantee that a puppy will be healthy.  It only guarantees that the dog being bred is healthy at that time. 

   



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Importance of Supplements (NuVet)
   
For puppies - Fills the immunity gap all puppies experience. Shortly after birth maternal antibody effectiveness is greatly reduced. By 8 weeks your puppy’s immune system is at a vulnerable point. Once in their new home, the immune system is weakened by the stress of adoption and exposure to novel bacteria and viruses in their environment.  This is also when the vaccine series is started. Vaccines are most effective if the immune system can respond properly.  Starting NuVet Plus now is important to helping your puppy grow into a healthy adult.
 
For dogs in their prime - Improves the luster of their skin and coat while providing the necessary antioxidants, amino acids, vitamins, mineral and more to sustain their body’s peak performance during the prime of their lives
 
For older dogs - Helps provide the nutritional requirements to help them live long, happy, and productive lives in their senior years.

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Cropping 
Video on how to post cropped ears is posted below.
   

   I get asked a lot "is cropping really a necessity?"  My answer has always been, no.  In my personal experience, until recently, I've never had any issues with floppy ears.  Therefore my answer is now yes, I do believe it should be done to prevent what just happened to one of my girls that has floppy ears.  I will always leave it up to the buyer's preference to crop their puppy's ears or not. 
    One of my girls who has floppy ears recently got a hematoma on her ear.  A hematoma requires surgery. If left unattended it can cause the ear to become a "cauliflower" ear.  So our girl had to go under for surgery costing nearly $400.  Had I gotten her ears done at a younger age this wouldn't have happened.  
     A hematoma is a bursted blood vessel. One had bust in her ear and was causing her ear to fill up with blood. Most hematomas in dog's ears are caused from puncture wounds, from dog's playing too rough and other's getting into a fight.  There weren't any puncture wounds in her ear at all.  The only other cause is that she hit her ear on something hard, by shaking and it flapping and hitting, etc.  When this happened it caused a blood vessel to burst and blood to start filling up. Now she is older and having to wear a cone and I feel this surgery is much more uncomfortbale for her than having her ears cropped at an earlier age. 
     Other reasons that are said for reasons to crop is to help them breathe.  Dogs with large ears like Great Danes can get frequent ear infections because the flap of the ear is so heavy and large that it is holding bacteria in it.  
     So, now if you ask me "Should I crop my Great Dane puppy?" my answer is going to be yes. The surgery is very simple, quick healing, and as puppies they are much more resilient than they are at almost 6 years old and having to undergo a surgery.

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Problems Related to Floppy Ears

Products Used for Posting
Not Shown: Zip Ties and Duct Tape

Great for potty training without having to buy multiple kennels. This is a 48" kennel that comes with a divider and you can move your puppy up as he/she gets older. 

We actually recommend toddler mattresses over a dog bed. They are cost efficient, easy to clean as it is just washing the sheets, and very comfrotable for your dane. 

You definitely don't want your dane baby laying on a hard tray. These foam pads made to fit the 54" kennel are amazing, easy to clean, and comfortable for your pet. 

This a 54" kennel that is great for when they are too tall for the 48". HIGHLY recommend. Very sturdy and durable. 

No need to brush their teeth with this stuff. I can honestly vouch for it as far as it keeping their breath fresh and their teeth clean.  We just pour this in their water and tartar is not an issue here. 

This is a wound spray for cuts or scrapes. It is antibacterial and GREAT to help heal any skin problems. Also, a good spray to help the regrowth of hair. 

Great for deworming your dog once a month. Protects against everything except tape worms.  It is 1cc per 100lbs.

Hate scooping poop? Sprinkle some of this and it will dissolve it to dirt in a couple of days.  

Absolutely LOVE these for my dogs. So far this is the only bed that I haven't had an issue with them tearing it up.

If you prefer pen training over kennel training, this is a really good product for that. This what we use for our puppy pens with our litters.

Great for grooming and getting the loose hair and dirt out of your dog's coat. Especially when they start shedding their winter coat. 

This is a useful tool when doing your dog's nails. Great Danes nails are a lot thicker and require this over clippers.