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Davis Puppies  
Quality Pet's   

 Available puppies Bushnell Fl. 
 We will have more puppies ready for Christmas taking pre- deposits now
Please see available puppies page

Breed Information

                                                               
Size/Physique/Colors
 
A great Dane will average between 28"-36" in height and anywhere from 100-200lbs.

​Here at Davis Puppies breed to meet the GDCA standards for correct conformation of the Great Dane. Keeping the breed balanced and majestic.

When choosing a bloodline or even this breed, it is best to understand how large of a dog you are going to be getting.  Their proper physique is a tiny bit of rib showing, but not where you can see every bone. The Great Dane will grow to its potential height before filling out. 
 
The Great Dane can be a variety of colors. The kennel clubs in the U.S. recognize Fawn, Brindle, Black, Blue, Mantle, and Harlequin. They can also come in other colors not recognized by kennel clubs in the U.S. Such as but not limited to: Chocolate, Lilac, Fawn Harlequin, Chocolate Brindle, Lilac Brindle, Blue Brindle, Blue Brindlequin, and many more not mentioned here.

Merles were recognized in Europe first. Recently (2016) the merle has been accepted as a show color. Hopefully there will be more to come in the upcoming years.
 
Exercise
The Great Dane needs plenty of exercise.  Jogging is NOT recommended until the dog is at least one year old, but a long walk is necessary if there is no yard available. AKC has approved the Great Dane as an apartment dog, as long as they are walked daily. 
  
Nutrition
 
Protein intake should be no more than 25%, and no more than 1.2% phosphourus and 1% calcium. The lower protein allows them to grow at a slower rate. If they grow too fast, too quickly it can cause a number of health issues, stunt their growth, cause hip dysplasia, future joint problems, knuckling, HOD etc.  When choosing a food always check the ingredients to see if the first ingredient listed is a meat, and try and stick with a food for "All life stages." Also, try and stay up to date on any recalls on dog foods. 
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Raw Coconut Oil Benefits
Clears up skin problems from allergies due to dry skin, improves general skin health, makes their coat shiny while also deodorizing any doggy odor, prevents and treats yeast and fungal infections, disinfects cuts, improves digestion, reduces or eliminates bad breath, helps control diabetes, and aids in arthritis or ligament problems.
                                                                             Apple Cider Vinegar Benefits
*Cleans dog's ears and treats yeast based ear infections. 
*Improves fur, skin, and odor. Treats dandruff and rejuvenates hair, also gets rid of mange.
*Soothes itchy, irritated paws.  
*Repels fleas and ticks.
*Treats dog bruises, itchy skin, rashes, hot spots, and burns and helps with arthritis. Alleviates dog muscle sprains, soreness, and fatigue.  Boosts their immune system and helps with digestion.   
*Fights tooth decay.
*Treats urinary tract infections (UTI)
Grooming
 
The Great Dane is low maintenance in grooming compared to most dogs. If nails are not done on a regular basis, their quick will grow out longer and longer. Once this happens, it will be harder to get them down to a reasonable length; but can be done after time. Regular baths are important, but can be a chore with the size of this breed. To make things a bit easier, you can use a waterless shampoo. The Great Dane sheds moderately. Coconut oil in their food can help with shedding and give them a shiny coat.

Veterinarians

When choosing a vet, make sure that he/she is KNOWLEDGEABLE of the breed and does not treat your Dane like any other dog. They are a special breed that cannot be treated as such. If they suggest spaying/neutering before a year, RUN.  If you already have a vet and this is your first Dane, ask your vet to please RESEARCH the breed so he/she knows more about them.  If you go a to a vet and you feel pressured into their beliefs and ways, find a new one.  Your vet experience should be enjoyable and educational with any questions you may ask.

Vaccines

Vaccines produce immunity to distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvovirus, and para-influenza. Your puppy will receive a series of these shots up to 8 weeks under our care, but need to have following shots up to the age of three or four months. After that an annual shot and rabies shot as required by your state law. 

Spay/Neuter

The larger the breed the later they mature. Therefore, spaying/neutering your Dane should be postponed until they are at least 2 years of age for males and after the third heat cycle for females, unless there are any medical or serious behavioral issues to take into consideration. In females, the Great Danes should have a minimum of 3 seasons. You must wait approximately 3 months after the season before considering spaying allowing the internal organs to settle down after the season. We highly recommend spaying your female after the third season if she is not going to be bred. By doing so you are saving her from pyometra, cervical cancer, and other health issues. HOWEVER, spaying/neutering TOO SOON can cause growth issues and health issues later on. If this is not followed we DO NOT GUARANTEE the dog's health. 

Related Health Issues/Life Expectancy
 
The Great Dane's can get what is know as bloat,  tail injuries (happy tail),  

Bloat is something that MUST be watched for in this breed. It is caused from stress, excitement, vigorous exercise, large meals, long drinks, swallowed air, or familial tendency. Bloat happens when the stomach completely flips leading to possible death.  This occurs in most large breed animals. When having your female spayed ask your vet to staple the stomach to minimize the risk of bloat.
 
Great Danes have a life expectancy of under 10 years. However, some can live to be 12-14 years old.
 
Importance of Supplements (NuVet)
   
For puppies - Fills the immunity gap all puppies experience. Shortly after birth maternal antibody effectiveness is greatly reduced. By 8 weeks your puppy’s immune system is at a vulnerable point. Once in their new home, the immune system is weakened by the stress of adoption and exposure to novel bacteria and viruses in their environment.  This is also when the vaccine series is started. Vaccines are most effective if the immune system can respond properly.  Starting NuVet Plus now is important to helping your puppy grow into a healthy adult.
 
For dogs in their prime - Improves the luster of their skin and coat while providing the necessary antioxidants, amino acids, vitamins, mineral and more to sustain their body’s peak performance during the prime of their lives
 
For older dogs - Helps provide the nutritional requirements to help them live long, happy, and productive lives in their senior years.​