General Dane Care
There is however still basic grooming requirements that should be followed to keep your Dane happy and healthy.
Bathing: Danes are normally clean dogs that will require very little in the bathing dept. however, should your Dane need a bath, be sure to use very light sensitive shampoo. I even reccomend using Baby Shampoo for their sensitive skin.
Brushing: Danes may not have a thick long coat, however they do shed! In the darker colors they will start to turn a reddish / brown color when they start to blow their coat. Using a few swipes with a shedding blade will help remove the loose hair and give your Dane back their lusterous shiny coat.
Nails: I can not begin to tell you how important it is to keep their nails clipped short! This is for a few reasons. A Great Dane is supposed to walk high on their feet /toes. When their nails start to get too long, Danes have a tendency to walk back on their wrists / hocks, lengthening their feet and causing an unsightly gait / walk. Danes will also break / split open their nails if they get too long and once they split it is very difficult to keep your Dane from licking / walking on the broken nail, thus prolonging the healing process.
Ears: Whether cropped or natural, all ears need to be cleaned. Take a few cottonballs & moisten with hydrogen peroxide. Use the cotton ball to clean, sanitize, and deodorize those large Dane ears!
Bedding: Great Danes are known to have many health issues, including growth / joint problems. I always suggest that your Dane sleep on a thick and supportive mattress located on a raised bed. They are not normally comfortable with laying on hard surfaces, nor is it good for them.
Feeding: Raised bowls! There have been studies that originally thought that bloat was a product of Danes not eating at an elevated level. This has since been proved wrong, however, it does cause your Dane less body stress to eat / drink at an elevated level. All our Danes and puppies eat using an elevated dish for both food and water.
Glen Burnie, MD (443) 800-5709 Tanya@GreatestDanes.com