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Old 07-20-2011, 02:34 PM
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Great Danes and Exercise?

Okay, so I was wondering at what age could I begin exercising a Great Dane? I understand that Great Dane puppies really aren't suppose to be "exercised," but when does it become okay to do so?? I was assuming around once the dog is 12 to 14 months?

I mean, can Great Danes "really" be exercised at decent levels? Look I by no means need a Greyhound, but the dog needs to have similar energy levels as my own.

As in I would like to go for a 1 hour period of time roughly 3 -4 days a week doing between 45 - 80 minute jogs + 15 minutes of walking with dog. Usually, I'll just end up doing 45 min to an hour of jogging though with a 5 min warmup and at least a 10 min cool down.

Now, I wouldn't just instantly start exercising the dog on my workout routine schedule; I would work up her stamina over a gradual period of time, of course.

Btw, the "main" puppy that I'm considering has dam of who measures 35" at the withers and weighs 130 pounds, and the sire is 38" at 175 pounds, so both dogs are tall, but are on more of the lean and athletic side in ratio to their heights. Also, the (female) puppy is the second largest/tallest of the litter...
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Because of their huge frames, Danes really shouldn't be heavily exercised until 16-18 months and some aren't done growing until they're 36 months old. More than moderate exercise before 18 months can cause all sorts of bone and joint issues.

Greyhounds are quite lazy and actually probably need some of the least exercise of any common household breed. As a general idea, the larger the dog, the less heavy exercise it will need. Border Collies and Huskies have some of the most demanding exercise requirements of popular dog breeds while Great Danes, Mastiffs and St. Bernards need smaller amounts of exercise.

If you want a dog that's going to jog with you for an hour 3-4 times a week, I don't think a Great Dane is for you, especially one that could weigh in the 130-150 lb range. When they get tired, they could easily hurt themselves by overexerting to keep up with you. They're typically regarded as a lazier breed and would far rather curl up on the couch than go out for a run.

These are all general statements, and you could end up with a Dane that absolutely loves jogging. But if you're looking for a breed that truly enjoys heavy exercise, you should probably look elsewhere.
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Well, Greyhounds "can" be lazy. That being said, if they were true lazy dogs they wouldn't be able to run as fast and have as high stamina as they do. Plus, other Mastiffs (since Great Danes are Mastiffs, although I usually don't associate them as so) and St.Bernards are "extremely" heavy-set dog breeds. Great Danes aren't. Although they're obviously not as thin and frail in appearance as Greyhounds, they're more times than not, they're on the leaner (but tone) side of dog builds.

I mean, just like Greyhounds "can" be lazy, they're capable of running for hours a day; I especially know this since my current dog is a Greyhound mix herself. I'm looking for a new jogging partner though since my girl is getting elderly and recently developed arthritis, although because of her age I haven't used her a real exercise partner for quite some time now.

I agree with you though... I mean, I'm just on the fence about this a bit. I mean, her parents are very lean built although they're not light weight per-say, and the male is even leaner than the female from a visual standpoint.

I'm tempted to go with a Doberman Pinscher... my 3'rd choice is a Weimaraner... The thing is though Dobermans are in some aspects higher maintenance than Great Danes socially, although I think Doberman Pinschers are actually more fond on the owners and families because of some of these personality traits...
I'm having a much more difficult time though finding a Doberman Pinscher breeder that meets both my standards and price at the time within reasonable driving distance, so that's been a bit of an issue... Also, I'm looking to get a Red and Rust Doberman that's above average height for the breed... preferably a female, so my picks on the pups are more limited..
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Well, Greyhounds "can" be lazy. That being said, if they were true lazy dogs they wouldn't be able to run as fast and have as high stamina as they do. Plus, other Mastiffs (since Great Danes are Mastiffs, although I usually don't associate them as so) and St.Bernards are "extremely" heavy-set dog breeds. Great Danes aren't. Although they're obviously not as thin and frail in appearance as Greyhounds, they're more times than not, they're on the leaner (but tone) side of dog builds.

I mean, just like Greyhounds "can" be lazy, they're capable of running for hours a day; I especially know this since my current dog is a Greyhound mix herself. I'm looking for a new jogging partner though since my girl is getting elderly and recently developed arthritis, although because of her age I haven't used her a real exercise partner for quite some time now.

I agree with you though... I mean, I'm just on the fence about this a bit. I mean, her parents are very lean built although they're not light weight per-say, and the male is even leaner than the female from a visual standpoint.

I'm tempted to go with a Doberman Pinscher... my 3'rd choice is a Weimaraner... The thing is though Dobermans are in some aspects higher maintenance than Great Danes socially, although I think Doberman Pinschers are actually more fond on the owners and families because of some of these personality traits...
I'm having a much more difficult time though finding a Doberman Pinscher breeder that meets both my standards and price at the time within reasonable driving distance, so that's been a bit of an issue... Also, I'm looking to get a Red and Rust Doberman that's above average height for the breed... preferably a female, so my picks on the pups are more limited..
Greyhounds don't have stamina, they're sprinters. So perhaps whatever your Greyhound mix is mixed with gave her stamina

That aside, I think a Doberman or a Weimeraner are MUCH better options for you, although I can see how your aesthetic needs would make it hard to find one! If you do find a large rust-colored female Doberman, make sure to post pics, because she would be a beautiful dog!

With Dobermans and Weims, you could start exercising them at a much younger age than Danes, plus they live longer (GDs have a life expectancy juts a bit over 7 years, if you didn't know that already). So you could have a GD as a running partner from between about a year and nine months to five or so, which is middle- to old-aged for them, whereas with a Weim or a Doberman, you could jog them from a year old until they're seven or eight. You'd also be facing lots fewer health issues, especially from a reputable breeder, which is where you're looking.

Sounds like you're asking all the right questions and it's really a relief to see someone who is getting a dog that matches their lifestyle. You wouldn't believe how many people log on here and want Border Collies or Huskies when they live in apartments and work 9-5 jobs!
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Great Danes not only cannot be OVER excersised for the first 18-24 months, but they must be carefully monitored with even normal amounts. Even Long walks on pavement and other hard surfaces are a no no. NO JOGGING. PERIOD. Play between dogs can cause injuries and often does...so rough play is discouraged. Even after two, GD's are not endurance dogs...they don't go for long periods. Some danes are higher energy and endurance than others of course, as with any breed, but in general these aren't active lifestyle dogs.
Not to mention the other many factors one must consider before owning and raising a dane. The amount of excersise you want from your dog is honestly, the last in importance when it comes to what you need to think of before getting one. I don't know a lot about Dobes, but I will tell you that the vast majority of GD's are the farthest thing from "low maintance" you can get. Even the healthy ones. They are truly a wonderful, magical breed but definitely not for everyone and I hope you will do a lot of research on all aspects of GD's as well as what to look for in a breeder before ever making the choice to bring one home. So many now, are being rehomed because people aren't prepared for the reality of a gd. And as this is the breed of my heart and soul, I have to responsibly tell everyone who is askign about them these things.
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You could try Doberman rescue.
There are tons of dobes out there up for adoption, many under a year old!

If you can overlook the color Atlanta Doberman Rescue has a nice female pup!
http://www.atlantadobermanrescue.com/foradoption.htm

You can also check other rescues, shelters, and even petfinder.com!

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The amount of excersise you want from your dog is honestly, the last in importance when it comes to what you need to think of before getting one.
If you're talking specifically about Great Danes in this sentence then I understand where you're coming from, but in general, I think finding a dog whose exercise requirements fit the activity level of your lifestyle is one of the most important factors.
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if you're looking for a dog to run... Don't get a dane. Its not likely going to work well. You also have to be extremely careful with them while they are growing. No runs. None. Even after the heavy impact of running will not be healthy for their joints. I'm sorry but I will be honest, you shouldn't get a dane. Danes ARE mastiffs through and through... Even if you don't see them as mastiffs they are. Living with one would really show you that.
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If you're talking specifically about Great Danes in this sentence then I understand where you're coming from, but in general, I think finding a dog whose exercise requirements fit the activity level of your lifestyle is one of the most important factors.
Yes I was talking about the things one must consider before getting a dane. Meaning, there are much more important factors than whether your dane can run with you. Like health issues, temperment, whether you can truly handle a giant dog that literally wants to be attatched to you 24/7. Whether you have small kids (most reputable rescues and breeders won't sell to anyone with kids under 12 generally) Financial costs, etc. Living with a dane can be a dream,or a nightmare, depending on what you end up with. So that's what i meant. Because I agree with you totally, energy level is a HUGE deal when deciding a breed for your lifestyle. Nothing worse than a hyper/active dog for a lazy person, or vice versa.
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Yes I was talking about the things one must consider before getting a dane. Meaning, there are much more important factors than whether your dane can run with you. Like health issues, temperment, whether you can truly handle a giant dog that literally wants to be attatched to you 24/7. Whether you have small kids (most reputable rescues and breeders won't sell to anyone with kids under 12 generally) Financial costs, etc. Living with a dane can be a dream,or a nightmare, depending on what you end up with. So that's what i meant. Because I agree with you totally, energy level is a HUGE deal when deciding a breed for your lifestyle. Nothing worse than a hyper/active dog for a lazy person, or vice versa.
Totally. I was really wanting a harlequin the last time I was looking for a dog but I decided that I needed to do WAY more research before getting myself into the breed, and also have a separate bank account solely to pay for any vet bills that may crop up. As a graduate student, I didn't have the extra funds to pay for large vet bills, so I decided to hold off. I'm not a super active person, but I do want to live in a home with lots of space, so I think I would lead a good life to share with a Dane... Eventually
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