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    How to take care of Great Dane?

    Articlegeneral dog adviceThursday 10 November 2011
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    Great Dane is very large muscular dog that combines, in its regal appearance, dignity, strength and elegance with great size and a powerful, well-formed, smoothly muscled body. However, Great Dane is patient, friendly with children and enjoys being with people. This breed does not do well when left alone and requires obedience training early on because of its large size. Read the article below to learn few tips on how to take care of your Great Dane.

    First of all, vaccinate your Great Dane when you first get her, and follow up with yearly booster vaccinations to maintain the dog's immunity to disease. Worm your adult dog every three months and consult with your veterinarian about flea-control products. Be prepared to feed your dog a lot. Great Danes eat 3 to 6 cups of food twice a day! According to the Guiness Record this breed is the tallest ever recorded! Feed your Great Dane high-grade dog food. The first ingredient should be meat if you want a quality product. Crude protein should be no less than 26 percent (for puppies, no more than 28 percent); crude fat, no less than 20 percent. You should also check whether fiber content is at 4 percent or less.

    It is also important that you socialize your Great Dane as a puppy with other dogs. Great Danes need to be trained early on not to jump up or lean into children and knock them over. Train your dog not to bite or jump. Because they're so large, Great Danes can inflict serious damage on others as they mature - even when playing. This breed learns best with positive reinforcement, not with force. Exercise Great Dane at least once a day with a long walk. Remember to brush your Great Dane's coat weekly with a firm-bristle brush. Her short coat stays relatively clean and needs to be washed only when necessary. Trim toenails every two to three weeks.

    Take your time to understand health problems related to Great Danes. They are prone to hip dysplasia (a malformed ball and socket in the hip joint), hypothyroidism (a condition that causes the body to slow down), Von Willebrand's disease (a bleeding disorder), heart disease, tumors and bloat. Keep in mind that these great dogs usually have a relatively short life span of around five to six years, so appreciate every minute with them.

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    Text source: ehow, image source: flickr.com

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