Are Great Dane dogs good with children and good family pets?

Luke M: Are Great Danes good with children and good family pets?
I have 2 year old daughter and a minature foxy terrier. Ilove dogs and dont know whether to get Great Dane or German Sheperd. My wife would prefer a Great Dane because she had one before but it was a cross breed. Male or female

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  1. alfcanis says

    Last summer my neighbour's wife took her child (6month) in the garden for a sleep. Every time my great Dane went into the garden and layed down next to the child. A few time later my neighbour's wife knocked at my door and asked me to keep the dog away.
    What was happend? If she tryed to get her child my dog pushed her away. Nobody couldn't reach the child, I had to keep the dog away. That's are great Danes, but I think that German Shepards are the same.

  2. Scarlett H says

    Great Danes is a gentle giant. Dignified, kind, sweet and affectionate, it is playful and patient with children. It loves everyone and needs to be around people. The Great Dane does not bark much and only becomes aggressive when the circumstances require it. A steady dog, responsible and dependable. Brave and loyal, it is a good watchdog. Because of his giant size, the Great Dane should be thoroughly obedience trained when young so it will be manageable when fully grown. Teach this giant dog not to lean against people, especially children. Some individuals are dog-aggressive, especially with same sex dogs. It is good with other dogs if it is raised with them from puppyhood. This breed may be slightly difficult to train.

    ***Often used as working dogs, German Shepherds are direct and fearless, eager and alert. Bold, cheerful, obedient and eager to learn. Known for their tremendous loyalty and courage. Calmly confident, but not hostile. Serious and almost human in his intelligence. They have a high learning ability. German Shepherds love to be close to their families, but they are very wary of strangers. This breed needs his people and should not be left isolated for long periods of time. They only bark when it is necessary. German Shepherds have a very strong protective instinct, so they should be extensively socialized to prevent over-guarding when they are an adult. Aggression and attacks on people are largely due to poor breeding, handling and training. A well bred, well-adjusted, and trained dog is for the most part generally good with *other pets and excellent with *children in the family.*****

    ~ I think German Shepherds are better!!

  3. Nicole says

    Great Danes are nice dogs. I do however know someone who had one she had 2 kids & one day all of a sudden put the kids head fully in its mouth & would not let go. I have never had one I do how ever have 2 kids 1 male German shepherd (very large) 1 Dobermann & 1 Eurasier the Eurasier is a very good family pet & I would never be without my GSD how ever I would never leave a child with my dogs alone.
    I have left my web address were you can see what an Eurasier looks like etc & my other dogs.
    There is also info & breeders on there
    Description
    The Great Dane is a giant dog that combines nobility with robustness and power with elegance. It has a long narrow head with an accentuated frontal stop and a rather large nasal canal. Its neck is long and muscular and its front legs are perfectly straight. It has muscular thighs and round feet with short, dark nails. The Great Dane's tail is medium-length, reaching to the point of the hock. Its eyes are round and usually dark – with a lively intelligent expression. Its ears are either cropped rather long, pointed, and carried erect, or left natural. Its well developed white teeth must close in a scissors bite. All Danes have short, thick, shiny, close-fitting hair. The color of the coat indicates the variety. fawn, brindle, black, blue, mantle harlequin and sometimes Merle. However Merle is a common result of harlequin breeding, but it is not a recognized color. Black coats and dark eyes, while blue Danes may have lighter eyes.

    Temperament
    The Great Dane is a gentle giant. Dignified, kind, sweet and affectionate, it is playful and patient with children. It loves everyone and needs to be around people. The Great Dane does not bark much and only becomes aggressive when the circumstances require it. A steady dog, responsible and dependable. Brave and loyal, it is a good watchdog. Because of his giant size, the Great Dane should be thoroughly obedience trained when young so it will be manageable when fully grown. Teach this giant dog not to lean against people, especially children. Some individuals are dog-aggressive, especially with same sex dogs. It is good with other dogs if it is raised with them from puppyhood. This breed may be slightly difficult to train.

    Height, Weight

    Height: Dogs 30-34 inches (76-86 cm.) Bitches 28-32 inches (71-81 cm.) Weight: Dogs 120-200 pounds (54-90 kg.) Bitches 100-130 pounds (45-59 kg.)
    Dogs of even larger size are more prized.

    Health Problems
    Not a long lived breed. Be careful to buy from a conscientious breeder, as some very poor specimens are being sold to the unsuspecting public. Beware of hip dysplasia; buy only from OFA certified stock. Also prone to bloat, tumors, heart disease, and tail injuries. Do not jog with this dog until it is at least one year old.

    Living Conditions
    The Great Dane will do okay in an apartment if it is sufficiently exercised. It is relatively inactive indoors and does best with at least a large yard.

    Exercise
    The Great Dane needs plenty of exercise, at the very least a long daily walk.

    Life Expectancy
    The average is under 10 years, however some can live to be 12-13 years old.

    Grooming
    The smooth short-haired coat is easy to groom. Comb and brush with a firm bristle brush and dry shampoo when necessary. Bathing this giant is a major chore, so it pays to avoid the need by daily grooming. The nails must be kept trimmed. This breed is an average shedder.

    Origin
    Incised on some Greek money dating back to 36 B.C. is the image of a dog very similar to the Great Dane of today. The Great Dane is known as the "Apollo of all dogs." In 407 A.D. German Gaul and part of Italy and Spain were invaded by an Asiatic people (the Alans) who brought with them powerful mastiff-like dogs. In Germany especially, where these magnificent animals capable of overcoming bears and wild boars were much admired, a process of selective breeding was begun. The dogs were crossed with Irish Greyhounds, and the issue was the beautiful, large, thin, agile dog known today as the Great Dane. Despite the fact that they are called Danes in English, these dogs have nothing to do with Denmark. Some of the Great Dane's talents are tracking, watchdog and carting.

  4. Jenna says

    As long as you get a great dane as a puppy, you'll be fine with your child and the other dog. They are very personable dogs, as well as very protective of their families when need be. Good luck with your decision on getting this type of dog.

  5. Sunidaze says

    A friend of our's has a Great Dane (in addition to a chow as well as a mastiff they put down because he was having too many problems with his legs and hips). If you don't mind having a dog the size of a small horse running around you'll be fine. Our friend's dog is great with small kids (they have custoy of of their young nieces). With a dog that size, you just need to have a lot of room for it and make sure you are prepared to feed it because it will go through a lot of food.

  6. rainy_creek_blazer says

    Great Danes can be good family pets, as well as German Shepherds. Some great danes are calmer as they get older, but they can have a hyper puppy-about 2yr. old stage, which most dogs have. Some great danes miss this stage and are fairly aloof. They're gentle giants, so if the size scares you, it shouldn't. Just remember, great danes are the tallest breed (I forget, maybe Irish Wolfhounds are bigger), so know that he could easily get past 140lbs. They're really sweet dogs, but people tend to forget that they will get huge and so many get turned into shelters or abandoned because they saw an adorable puppy and didn't realise how big the final product would be. As for male or female, I'm really not sure. I think it just depends on who clicks with your family.

    Another option is a German Shepherd/Great Dane mix – I have one, Chris, who we found at the shelter. He's huge and black with the shepherd fur texture – people never know what to think of him because he's nearing Great Dane size (only 10 months old), but looks more shepherd like in the face!

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