2021 was a difficult year for many and most of us are glad to see it in the rearview mirror. With the ongoing pandemic, political divisiveness, zoom meetings, and virtual classrooms, 2021 was a year turned upside down. So we’re ready to say goodbye to 2021 and hello to 2022 but before we do, we thought we would bring back some of our most-read posts from last year. Read through them one last time and then set your sights on the new year!

great dane9 Lessons Learned From Owning A Great Dane

Bringing a Great Dane into your life can be fraught with challenges, but it is an experience that will teach you many ‘great’ life lessons. Other dogs are awesome too, but there is nothing quite like the Great Dane. Here are nine life lessons I learned from owning a Great Dane:

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great daneGreat Danes And Children – Training Goes Both Ways

Most Great Dane owners will tell you that Great Danes are great with children, and for the most part, they are. However, if your Great Dane is going to be around kids on a regular basis, there are some things that you need to understand.

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great daneChoosing A Vet For Your Great Dane

As a Great Dane parent, it is important to understand that not all vets have experience working with giant breeds (or Great Danes in particular) and a lack of experience can be costly.

Great Danes and other giant breeds are susceptible to certain health problems that are not typical in other breeds. Finding a vet that has experience with Great Danes will help ensure that your Great Dane gets the care and attention that he/she needs. Here are four tips for choosing a good veterinarian:

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great daneAmerican vs European Great Danes

Although the Great Dane originated in Europe, it has since become a popular breed in the United States. It is thought that Great Danes are a mix of three other breeds, namely the Mastiff, the Greyhound, and the Irish Wolfhound. They were originally bred to hunt wild boars. Their Greyhound DNA gave them speed, their Mastiff DNA gave them muscular bulk, and their Irish Wolfhound DNA gives them their great height. All traits that made them an ideal dog for Boar hunting.

Over time the European Great Dane and the American Great Dane began to diverge due to differences in breeding practices and preference. So, despite the fact that American and European Danes share DNA, there are marked differences between the two.

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great daneProtecting Your Great Dane’s Joints

Great Danes, like all giant breed dogs, are prone to joint problems. Large and giant breed dogs grow at a much faster rate than other breeds and this can often lead to hip and elbow dysplasia, osteoarthritis, and Osteochondritis Dissecans (OCD). These joint issues cause pain, limit mobility, and lessen the quality of life for your Great Dane.

As caring parents of these gentle giants we want the very best for them and anything that we can do to help prevent joint problems will help to ensure that they lead a happy, pain-free life. Here are five tips to help prevent joint problems in your Great Dane:

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great daneDo You Consider Your Great Dane One Of Your Children? So Do They.

When you bring a puppy home for the first time (and every time thereafter), you have entered into a seriously serious agreement. It is relatable to having a child. Both are wholly dependent on you. Both are trying to decide if they can trust you. Both are weighing their respect for you.

If you are a pet parent that truly feels that your pet is your child, you are actually spot on. Experts agree that the relationship between dogs and their owners is very similar to the bond between parents and their children.

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