Here at Royal Elite we strive to deliver a happy, healthy, and well socialized puppy and wish for you to continue the same top notch care. Here are some helpful tips and information for your continued success on raising your new Great Dane puppy.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us, as we are always happy to assist you with the care of your new Royal Elite Great Dane puppy.
Feeding & Diet
Many people ask “how much does it cost to feed that horse?!” Well my answer is “not as much as you may think.” Great Danes generally eat more during periods of rapid growth however as adults I’d say they go through about 40lbs of dry dog food a month, give or take. Each Great Dane is a little different so in my experience there is not one dog food that is perfect for each and every Great Dane. A rule to follow is never feed a Great Dane any type of puppy food. The reason being is the protein levels are to high and/or the calcium phosphorous levels are not correct… this can cause major growing problems, such as Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy (HOD) which is a disease that is extremely painful and can be life threatening for your new puppy, and not to mention would cost you thousands in vet bills! So when searching for the right dog food you want to look for one that is 24% or lower in protein, one that is made with meat sources and are listed within the first three ingredients on the food label, and lastly, made without any by-products.
I have a few different types of food that we have used or are currently using that I will recommend after the purchase of your puppy. Great Danes need to be fed a set amount 3 times a day until they are roughly 12 weeks of age. After that they are fed twice a day.
*Remember with a good well balanced diet your Dane will grow and meet his genetic potential. Over feeding will only speed up the growth for a short period of time and could cause major problems. Also, supplementing your Danes diet with natural raw food may ensure he or she is getting everything nutritionally they need.
Ear cropping is a preference of the buyer. However, I have to tell you if you have never had a Danes ears cropped and do not have the time and patience to keep them posted “or taped up” then I suggest not getting it done. It can be very time consuming and frustrating for both you and the puppy. Some pups you can tape and the ears will be standing after only a few weeks, however, if you do not tape the ears correctly or you happen to get a puppy who is Houdini then it can take months and months of taping and the ears may never stand in which case you have wasted a lot of time and money.
If you decide to crop I recommend the procedure be done between the age of 9 1/2 weeks to 10 1/2 weeks and no later then 11 weeks. Also very important is to make sure the puppy has had two rounds of vaccinations prior to the ear cropping.
In my opinion ear crops make Great Danes heads stand out, however, with my Danes they already have such beautiful heads the ear crop is not necessary, but again it is at the buyers discretion.
Many breeders give their own shots and there is nothing wrong with that, however, I prefer to have all of my puppies shots given by a Licensed Veterinarian, not because I cannot do them, but because I want the Veterinarian to see the puppies as many times as possible to ensure their health.
We worm our puppies every two weeks and give the first set of shots at six weeks of age, as well as heart worm prevention at 8 weeks of age. Our puppies are always up to date on all wormings and vaccinations.
*Recent research say’s that the Rabies vaccination that is usually given at 12-16 weeks of age may cause some serious life threatening health issues, therefore I do not give mine until the Dane is 6 months old, but I do realize that in many states it’s the law, so I’ll leave that decision up to you and your Vet.
Without compiling a long list of “do’s” and “dont’s” I’ll just say this.. treat your new puppy like a toddler. Your new puppy will want to put anything and everything in it’s mouth so please keep things that could potentially harm your puppy put up and out of reach. Puppies chew so it is a good idea to keep those brand new pair of shoes in the closet and ladies that purse you just love and had to have.. keep it out of reach. When you catch your puppy chewing scold him or her then immediately give them their chew toy or toys. Be careful of having to many chew toys for your puppy to keep track of, as he or she may think that they can just chew anything he/she wants. Your puppy needs to know whats theirs and what isn’t.
***Important*** I understand when you get your little bundle of joy you are going to want to show him/her off to anybody and everybody but please be careful taking him/her to many places due to the Parvo virus being present just about anywhere. Dog parks, pet stores, and places where a numerous number of animals frequent are off limits until your puppy has at least 3 preferably 4 rounds of vaccinations. Now with that being said your puppy will already have had vaccinations before you get him/her and the chances are very slim but in my opinion its better to be safe then sorry.
Training and Socialization
Training and socialization are extremely important with Great Danes. Keep in mind they are only small for a short time so take advantage of leash training, crate training, and any other specialized training while they are young. Remember the saying its hard to teach an old dog new tricks well its easier to teach a 30lb puppy how to walk on a leash then a 150-200lb adult who thinks he is still a puppy.
Also, you never want a timid or shy Great Dane so do not try to train the dog by the use of yelling, shouting or any type of physicality, trust me the results will not be good. Instead, use a consistent, repetitive, calm, and patient training method. Remember Great Danes want to please and can get their feelings hurt easily, so generally if they are mature enough to really understand what you want they will deliver.
Remember, just because your 6 month old Great Dane is approaching 100 lbs he/she is still a 6 month old puppy!
Socialize, socialize, socialize… with kids, adults, men, and women of different sizes and looks.. with hats, beards, glasses, blonde haired, brown haired, red haired, etc.. as well as with other animals while they are young (other animals – only after they have had at least 3 preferably 4 rounds of vaccinations).
My Great Danes will be intimidating enough with their shear size, they do not need to be weary of people and other animal’s. Also your Dane WILL be a rock star… trust me everyone that sees him/her is going stop, look and most of the time want to pet him/her. Or sometimes a child will run up out of nowhere and start loving on your Dane without any warning. When these types of situations occur you want a cool, confident, and well rounded Dane!
It is the Owners responsibility to take the very best care of their new puppy and continue it throughout the Danes life. My information and recommendations are only a blue print to follow it’s up to you to do your homework as well. With new research and technology we are learning more and more about these wonderful creatures and how to properly care for them.