Great Dane. Temperament and personality.

The Great Danes are considered to be gentle giants, however if the situation needs it, they may become aggressive and show strong protective instinct. Dogs of this breed are affectionate and love people, and these qualities should never be perverted.

Great Danes adore children, but they are dogs and must learn how to behave with kids. Never leave your Great Dane with children without supervision, because one swipe of the dog’s tail may easily knock a toddler over. Great Danes are friendly to other pets, but they should also learn how to be gentle around them. A six-foot fence is probably enough to keep your Great Dane in the yard. It should be mentioned, that unlike adult dogs, Great Dane puppies are very active and enjoy digging.

Some people think, that, because of his size, Great Dane is best suited to life outdoors. But, just the opposite is true. Great Dane likes to be in a center of attention and needs to feel, that he is a part of the family. Thus, he should be an indoor dog. In this case he is loving and learns well. If your Great Dane is bored, untrained or unsupervised, he may easily develop undesirable features, like digging, constant barking, etc. If your dog’s age is between six months to two years old (the “teen” years), he may be a real trial to live with.

Start training your Great Dane puppy the day you bring him home. Even at eight weeks old he is able to take in everything you teach him. Don’t wait until the puppy is six months old to begin training, otherwise it will be more difficult to deal with him. Your main goal is to socialize the puppy. If possible, get him into special puppy kindergarten class. But, take into consideration, that very often puppy training classes require certain vaccines to be done. Many veterinarians recommend to limit exposure to other dogs (puppies) and public places until all necessary vaccines (e.g. rabies) have been completed. You may begin training your puppy at home, socialize him among members of your family and friends until all vaccines, necessary for puppy, are completed.

Before buying a puppy, it’s recommended to talk to a breeder. Describe what you are looking for in a dog and ask for assistance. Tell him a little about your lifestyle and personality, and he will give you useful recommendations.

Remember, that perfect Great Dane is a product of his background and breeding. Choose the one whose parents have nice temperament and who has been well socialized from early puppyhood.