Adding a carefully bred Great Dane to your household is a lifetime commitment that can bring you great joy. Be prepared to wait — sometimes a year or more — to find a Dane whose appearance and temperament will reflect the breed standard as the “Apollo of dogs” and whose breeders health test their stock in an effort to reduce the risk of disorders such as hip displasia and cardiac disease. While finding a responsibly bred dog may take some time, the wait will be worth it and can save you a lot of future heartache.
While the GDCNE doesn’t “endorse” individual breeders, from time to time our website lists members in good standing with the Club who may have dogs available. Kim Thurler, Norfolk, Mass., email@example.com, 508-528-8920, serves as a general information resource and is happy to answer questions about the breed.