Should you breed your Great Dane?

Are you a Responsible Breeder?
AKC Responsible Breeding Steps


 Does your dog or bitch conform to the AKC Great Dane standard enough that it would improve on what we currently have in the Great Dane breed?

v     We have plenty of dogs in this world and even good Great Dane pets that are bred by show breeders.  Unless you are breeding to improve the conformation, health, and temperament of the Great Dane, there is no reason to breed.  Please note that AKC registration is NOT an indication of quality.

Does the temperament of your Great Dane conform to the AKC Great Dane standard?

v     “The Great Dane must be spirited, courageous, always friendly and dependable, and never timid or aggressive.”

v     Great Danes were bred to be guard dogs by using their size and intimidation to guard.  They are not bred as attack dogs.  If your Great Dane is either aggressive or timid, it should not be bred.

Have you done all of the basic health testing on your dog or bitch?  (Thyroid (OFA), Heart (OFA), Hips (OFA or PennHIP), Eyes (CERF), vonWillebrand’s)

v     If your dog or bitch does not pass all of these tests, they should not be bred.  We have far too many unhealthy Great Danes out there already.


Is your dog or bitch at least 2 years old?

v     Great Danes, being a giant breed, are not fully mature until they are at least 2 years old.  Puppies should not be having a litter of puppies. 


Are you breeding because you want to make money? 

v     If done correctly, breeding dogs does NOT make money.  You will lose money.


Do you have homes for all of the puppies that will be in the litter?

v     If you can’t find homes for all of the puppies that you breed, it is your responsibility to keep all of those puppies.


Are you willing to take back any puppies from the litter that you bred when the owners do not want them anymore, regardless of the reason?

v     You are responsible for ever puppy that you breed.  It is your responsibility to take back and rehome any puppy that is not working out in its new home.



The following message was written & prepared by JP Yousha for educational purposes & may be reproduced to further that end. All copyrights remain with the author:

BREEDING "UP." This usually means using a well-known dog on a poor quality bitch in the hopes her offspring will succeed where she failed. Stripped down to this raw definition it's obvious what a bad idea this is. Stud owners should not let themselves be talked into breeding to sub-standard bitches & novices shouldn't attempt to get better pups this way. However it happens all too often. But the outcome is nearly always the same: the proud owners of those new pups find they are not enough better than their mother to be competitive & the stud owner finds the reputation of the sire is damaged by those who see these poor quality pups as typical of what he produces. Stud owners shouldn't allow themselves to become this kennel blind. Worse is the idea of starting out with admitting "pet" animals & hoping (?) to breed something better somehow. This falls under the old saw about silk purses & sows' ears, but incredibly is still attempted & defended as a way to start in dogs. You just cannot "get there from here." Surely there are more than enough dogs in this world without starting out deliberately to make mediocre litters. Enough said.