Great Dane Puppy Pictures

Great Dane puppy laying down

Great Dane Puppies

Great Danes grow into one of the largest dog breeds of all, but it takes approximately two years for them to reach full size. While puppies of other breeds may seem more cute and cuddly, Great Danes have a special kind of awkward charm that makes them very endearing to those that appreciate these gentle, amiable giants. With oversized paws, flopping ears and extra skin, these puppies have a special look all their own.

Great Dane Puppy Standing

Fast Growing

Great Danes grow so quickly that it's recommended that you don't feed them puppy food; feed them a moderate adult food for large breed dog food three times a day. Feeding them puppy food could cause them to grow so fast it stresses their bones and joints.

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Socializing

While puppies this young should be handled mostly by their mothers, once your Great Dane reaches about seven weeks of age, start socializing him with other dogs and people so he grows up to be outgoing and friendly.

Great Dane Puppy

Floppy Ears

Great Danes are born with floppy ears. If you want to crop your puppy's ears, do it around seven weeks of age, while it's easier on the puppy. If you choose not to crop, watch out for "flying ears," where your puppy's ears flop into his face.

Great Dane puppy

Clumsy Puppies

While they may look sturdy, Great Danes are actually fairly fragile. Don't allow your puppy to rough house with other dogs, and take care that they don't injure themselves tripping or slipping on a slick surface.

Puppy in grass

House Pets

While your puppy may enjoy being outside and playing with you, remember that Great Danes are house pets, not outside dogs. Get your puppy out of doors frequently for exercise, then bring him back in so he can learn to behave himself in your home.

Great Dane puppy chewing

Chew Toys

Like all puppies, Great Danes like to chew. Their jaws can often be strong, so make sure they have plenty of toys made for "serious chewers" available.

Sleeping Great Dane puppy

Sleepy Puppies

Puppies are babies and need a lot of sleep. Great Danes in particular, because of the amount of growing they need to do, may need even more sleep. Make sure your puppy gets plenty of rest after each meal to allow them the energy to grow.

Great Dane puppy

Social Puppies

If your Great Dane puppy is shy or fearful of new situations, keep introducing him to new people and places as often as you can. This can help prevent problems like "fear biting."

Great Dane puppy

Loyal Companion

Like many large breed dogs, Great Danes grow up to be loyal, gentle companions. Treat your puppy right during those early months and years of growth, and he'll be sure to reward you in kind in the years to come.

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Great Dane Puppy Pictures