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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.