Friday, May 21, 2010

Breed of the Week - Great Dane - Kansas City Dog Photography

About the Great Dane
*Information from* The Great Dane is a giant, powerful dog. Square in body, but females may be slightly longer than tall. The well arched neck is set-high, firm and muscular. The front legs are perfectly straight. The feet are round with dark toenails. The tail is set high, thicker at the base and tapering to a point. Dewclaws are sometimes removed. The coat is short and thick. Colors come in brindle, fawn, black, blue, mantle harlequin and sometimes merle.

The Great Dane has a good disposition, often called a "gentle giant". Charming and affectionate, they are playful and patient with children. They love everyone and need to be around people. The Great Dane does not bark much and only becomes aggressive when the circumstances require it. They are reliable, trustworthy and dependable. Courageous and loyal, they are good watchdogs. The Great Dane does not stay little for long and consistent training and rules should start right from puppyhood. This giant dog should be taught not to jump or lean on people. You and all other humans MUST be higher up in the order than the dog. That is the only way your relationship can be a success. Dogs who know their place below humans in the pack order will be good with children. If you are not a firm, confident, consistent pack leader who knows how to correct the dog when he is showing signs of aggression, the dog can be dog-aggressive. Owners who know how to properly handle their dogs will not have this issue.

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.)

For more information, visit

Rocky Mountain Great Dane Rescue, Inc.
This organization consists of volunteers concerned with the welfare of Great Danes. Every day, they save the lives of Great Danes by funding their medical care, advanced surgical treatments, spay/neuters, food and shelter. As part of their mission, RMGDRI firmly believes that it is their responsibility to do all that they can for every Dane that comes into their care. It is their purpose to find new, permanent, and loving homes for Great Danes that have been abused, neglected and/or abandoned in primarily Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Utah, and Wyoming. They will also consider adopting to families that live on the border between NE and IA. They are currently expanding their region to include Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Arizona and South Dakota.

Charlotte Reeves, Dog Photographer in Australia
Charlotte is a very talented dog photographer. I follow her work on a regular basis and she has been an inspiration to me. She is the proud owner of an adorable Great Dane, Luna. Not long ago, Charlotte lost her first beloved Great Dane, Kaya, who crossed the doggy rainbow bridge at the young age of 2, taken by Cancer.

Charlotte updates a fun blog of Luna's adventures, written in the perspective of Luna. I find it always brings me a smile when I read her updates. I encourage you to read her blog too!

Here is Puzzle, the Great Dane that I photographed at Animal Haven and has since been adopted.


Wendy C. Photography said...

The Dane is my fave! I own two that I rescued from Dames For Danes Rescue out of Knoxville. They are fabulous animals!

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