The ethical and responsible breeding of Great Danes
is a very important issue. So-called "Backyard Breeders", those who indiscriminently breed for profit, should not be dealt
with. They only contribute to the over-crowding of Great Dane Rescues! By purchasing your Great Dane from them, you only
help them to stay in business where they don't belong. If the breeder that you're looking at for your new Dane substantially
practices the following 11 Commandments of Responsible Breeding, then you are probably looking at a Responsible Breeder.A Responsible Breeder
1. Only places dog/pup by contract.
2. Places dogs/pups with a health guarantee.
3. Insists on the return of a dog/pup should
the purchaser be unable to keep the dog/pup during that pet's lifetime.
4. Carefully interviews prospective owners and has specific
requirements that are to be met such as: dog/puppy is to
be altered if the breeder is not already practicing early altering,
dog/puppy is not allowed to roam outdoors in unfenced areas
or un-supervised, etc. Interviews will include veterinarian,
5. Is willing and able to educate. They happily answer any and all
questions regarding the breed and their breeding program
to any interested people, whether or not they are potential buyers.
6. Insists on being informed of any health, genetic,or behavioral
problems the dog/puppy may develop in its lifetime and will
strongly recommend that the owner periodically test for thyroid,
eye conditions and other health issues known to the breed.
7. Does not have more dogs/puppies then they are able to keep
clean, healthy and well socialized.
8. Spends individual time with each of their dogs/puppies.
9. Is very concerned with excellent temperament in their dogs/puppies
as well as excellent health.
10. Makes themselves available for advice to the owners throughout
the life of the dogs/puppies they have placed at any time.
11. And most importantly, the responsible breeder helps breed rescue
by insuring their dogs do not end up in rescue and helping those who do.