European Great Dane
American Great Dane
**Raised dog bowls are highly recommended!
Crate training uses a dog's natural instincts as a den animal. A wild dog's den is his home, a place to sleep, hide from danger, and raise a family. The crate becomes your dog's den, an ideal spot to snooze or take refuge during a thunderstorm.
The primary use for a crate is house training. Dogs don't like to soil their dens.
The crate can limit access to the rest of the house while he learns other rules, like not to chew on furniture.
Crates are a safe way to transport your dog in the car.
A crate isn't a magical solution. If not used correctly, a dog can feel trapped and frustrated.
Never use the crate as a punishment. Your dog will come to fear it and refuse to enter it.
Don't leave your dog in the crate too long. A dog that’s crated day and night doesn't get enough exercise or human interaction and can become depressed or anxious. You may have to change your schedule, hire a pet sitter, or take your dog to a doggie daycare facility to reduce the amount of time he must spend in his crate every day.
Puppies under six months of age shouldn't stay in a crate for more than three or four hours at a time. They can't control their bladders and bowels for that long. The same goes for adult dogs that are being house trained. Physically, they can hold it, but they don’t know they’re supposed to.
Crate your dog only until you can trust him not to destroy the house. After that, it should be a place he goes voluntarily.
*At 3 weeks old I put a crate in my whelping box (with no door) and the puppies learn that its a comfortable safe place. Not to go potty in it. I have not had a puppy go potty in the crate,yet! This has helped my past puppy owners make the transition much easier when they take their new puppy home. DON'T forget they will cry the first night the most. By day 3 you might get a 5 minute whimper but puppy will comfortably go to sleep in their crate.
Is the Great Dane an outside dog you ask...
Great Danes do not do well in kennel situations or where they are exclusively outdoor dogs. They need and crave human companionship. Their coat is not sufficient to keep them warm in the winter, and cool in the summer so they must be kept indoors and be protected from the climates.They are a very people-oriented breed and need to be a part of the family. So if your not prepared for your dane to take over your bed or couch...consider another breed!
Euro or American?
The Danes are quite different in appearance. Generally speaking euros heads are larger, the fronts are more solid,more lip and the overall body type is heavier. In some individuals these traits are more exaggerated than others, but my overall impression of European Danes manifest closer ties to the Mastiff than do American-bred Danes. The Euros have striking size, muscle, structure and stoutness is pure beauty to me! Thats My personal view... I happen to like them a lot within their own context, but not everyone will. It goes both ways, though. I've heard it said that American-bred Danes lack substance, lip and bone, that they have a wimpy body type, straight shoulders and poorly angled heads, small heads. And euros slobber more (not always true)some will have droopy eyes and are said to live longer.
It's all a matter of taste in what appeals to you. The Americans have become more sleek and slender where the euros are bigger with a beautiful masculate look. A well breed Dane can be pure beauty regardless if you’re more attracted to the Euros or American Danes.
The Great Dane was developed primarily in Germany and England out of mastiff-type and Greyhound stock. The principal purpose of the breed in early years was to hunt wild boar. At that time, ears were cropped to prevent the boar's long, sharp tusks from shredding the Dane's ear during the hunt. However, the Great Dane as we know it today was developed in Europe during the 1800's and declared the national breed of Germany in 1876. As a boar hound, the Dane of yesterday was different both in structure and temperament from the Dane of today. The Europeans of today are trying to keep the true look of the Dane that they developed back in the 1800’s. As am I here in California with European imports from some of the top breeders and kennels.