Great Dane Questions

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Great Dane Questions

A Visitor asked the following question on 2/7/2005
This is my first Great Dane and my first girl dog ever and we are wanting to breed her. When does she go into heat and when should we breed her? Help Please. Mick's Mom.

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2/13/05 The first question is "Why do you want to breed?" Then you have to ask yourself, "Is it worth the risk?" Do you have the time to raise orphaned puppies? Breeding can be dangerous to your girl. Are you ready to lose her? Do you have $5000 in the bank to cover breeding expenses? Is she breeding quality? Are her sire and dam AKC champions of record? Or at least one parent? Grandparents? Does she have a history of health testing? This is very important. Health testing involves hip X-rays which are sent to OFA (a PennHip reading is acceptable). Thyroid? CERF? Cardiac screening? There are problems in the breed and I know that you don't want to add to them. OFA won't issue a hip number until after the dog is two years old. IMO, a Dane isn't mature enough to have puppies until three or four years of age. She can go into heat anywhere from six months to two years. It's an individual thing. Are you a member of an all breed club or a specialty club? This is a way to es Jonetta
Hof Kurz Great Danes
3/15/05 Very good answer Jonetta. I would ask the same questions. What reason do you have for wanting to breed her? Is her reproducing going to better this breed in some way? There are a lot of wonderful Danes in the world that are super pets that have wonderful dispositons that are not worthy of being bred. The expense can be huge and devestating in alot of cases. Do your research before you put your girl in a situation that YOU chose for her, and a choice that could harm or kill her. Hope this helps. Trish
Niobrara Great Danes