Have you ever seen a Great Dane puppy?
Today I went to see the three remaining pups from the litter of eleven that Sadie and Molson produced. They are just over 8 weeks old now. About 15 or 16 inches high and judging from the single, momentary hold I had I would say about 15-20 lbs. According to my personal experience (with dogs from similar lineage), by the time they are three months old their weight should be around 40 lbs and they will be about the height of a Labrador Retriever. These figures will undoubtedly vary slightly from dog to dog.
Two boston colored female pups and a harlequin male came barreling into the living room at first just happy for the change of scenery but then they saw…. PEOPLE🙂 Clumsy little bundles of pure joy and innocence pranced and tumbled on the slippery laminate or maybe real hardwood flooring and bounced off of the legs that supported furniture. I laughed. We all laughed.
I won’t lie, I had the urge. So did my husband. So did my daughter. Today common sense won. All three of us are fully aware of what is involved with the up bringing of Dane pups but we still wanted one! The scary part of that is some people don’t fully understand what this breed requires to thrive.
Let’s start with what they don’t need:
- They don’t need stress: Their body’s are developing so rapidly that any harsh mental or physical stress will likely have unsavory consequences to the healthy growth of the pup.
- They don’t need a lot of protein: *This is a big one- Protein builds muscle, muscle is heavy, let their bones fully develop naturally and they will grow to be the size they were meant to be.
- They don’t need a lot of exercise: Speaking from personal experience Dane pups are rambunctious little goofballs for a short amount of time and then they nap.
- Scolding: They don’t know right from wrong but a change in the tone of your voice is typically enough to let them know that they are sniffing down the wrong path so to speak.
- Stairs/Steps: Did I mention they are clumsy? If you can’t avoid these and you wish to carry your pup down a flight of stairs they should be picked up by supporting the breast bone area, between their neck and front legs with one arm curled and the other arm should curl between their tail and back knees. Be careful when putting them down, they often hit the ground running.
Things they will need:
- Sleep: These little guys have big paws to fill. They sleep, they grow.
- Quality Food: Usually best to continue with the feeding program your breeder has implemented. If you wish to change, change gradually. For the past five years I have been feeding Summit Three Meat Protein. Reasonably priced and full of recommended ingredients.
- Safe Living Quarters: Puppies chew anything and everything. We all know that. These guys can reach….oh probably anything your average three year old child could reach. If what they want is out of reach and they really want it, they will find a way.
- Love: Love should be at the top of the list. Any love you give to them will come back to you ten fold. This is a good thing when they are over 100 lbs.
Have fun with your Great Dane Puppy and good luck!