The Dane Shepherd: A Complete Guide

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The Dane Shepherd is a hybrid dog that is larger in life with both their physical size as well as their character.

Combining the German Shepherd with the Great Dane, this at least is a hybrid breed that does bring together two breeds that are at least close to one another with their size, so you do get something that at least makes sense.

Both parent breeds are relatively well-known but then it is completely different when it comes to this particular hybrid.

To help, we have created our complete guide to the Dane Shepherd which aims to provide you with all of the different pieces of information that you will need in order to give them a wonderful life.

By the end, you will certainly feel far more confident in owning a Dane Shepherd, but before we do that we want to turn our attention to you for a short period of time.

Dane Shepherd Puppies – Before You Buy…

A black Dane Shepherd standing up
The Dane Shepherd is a great watchdog.

Before you go ahead and buy any kind of puppy, you need to be willing to be honest with yourself regarding whether or not you will be able to offer them the exact kind of life that they deserve.

To help with this, we want you to just consider several questions that should help you to begin to make some sense of it all.

Questions such as the following.

We are looking at some basic questions and answers, but they do all play a role in allowing you to determine if you are indeed the best person for this puppy.

What Price are Dane Shepherd Puppies?

Of course, another thing that could determine whether or not you get this puppy is the cost, and this is something that will vary thanks to different contributing factors.

First, where you are located is going to have an impact simply because of location changes prices thanks to different reasons.

The popularity of the breed changes depending on where you are and this has a knock-on effect with the price.

Also, the breeder that you go to is going to make a difference to the price that you pay as there will always be some variation from person to person.

They all have their own idea as to what they wish to charge for the breed, and then you have those that have worked at building their reputation within the breed.

If you end up going to one of those breeders, then it will almost certainly cost you more. Finally, there is the pedigree of the parents, and this is always going to make a difference to things.

If the parents have a strong pedigree, then the theory is that it means you get a better puppy in a number of ways. However, this also bumps up the price.

Of course, all of this means we cannot give an exact figure for the price, but in general, you should be looking at somewhere in the region of $300 to $800 in the United States.

In the United Kingdom, the price is going to be around £600 to £900.

How to Find Reputable Dane Shepherd Breeders?

Finding reputable Dane Shepherd breeders will be easier than you perhaps anticipated. However, it does take some work on your part for you to be able to locate them.

Your first port of call should always be your own research, and this should be easy enough to do.

Primarily, you are looking for associations and groups that are linked to the breed and in your country.

When you locate them, get in touch and ask their advice because they will be more than happy to help. In fact, you might be overwhelmed with the information and advice that they give you.

Other areas to consider checking out include both the Kennel Club and the Dog Breeder’s Association.

While it may be possible to get a registry of breeders from them, it can also be the case that they will simply be able to tell you who to contact to get to the information that you are searching for.

3 Little-Known Facts About Dane Shepherd Puppies

Dane Shepherd puppies are seriously cool, but there are so many things that you don’t know about them. However, these three facts should make a difference.

  • They can have separation anxiety.

One issue that can plague this breed is separation anxiety. This is surprising for most when you consider how big they are.

  • Their origins are unknown.

We are unsure as to when this hybrid breed first emerged. However, there is a pretty good chance it was due to the explosion in designer hybrids in the 1990s.

  • They are not the best watchdogs.

Largely thanks to the Great Dane aspect, they are perhaps not the best watchdog that you could ever hope to have. However, thanks to their size, people will often think twice.

Physical Traits of the Dane Shepherd

A light colored Dane Shepherd sitting down
The Dane Shepherd is a pet every child would want.

This is a big dog, but it’s hardly a surprise when you look at the two parent breeds that have been brought together.

The Dane Shepherd has many physical traits that can be identified as coming from either breed.

While we are unable to tell you exactly how your puppy will look, certain traits are more common than others.

They are certainly on the big side and will often have the shorter coat of the Great Dane. However, some can have a double coat thanks to the German Shepherd aspect.

They will be quite strongly built, and they will also have a long muzzle and ears that are upright. Their coat can come in six different colors including fawn, black, sable and white.

How Big is a Full-Grown Dane Shepherd?

So, we have said that this is a big dog, but just how big are we looking at?

Also, there is little difference between the sexes in this instance even though the male tends to be more towards the upper end of the scale compared to the female.

For their height, then both sexes will generally grow to somewhere between 28 to 30 inches.

For their weight, the male will be between 65 to 110lbs while the female is between 65 to 90lbs.

What is the Life Expectancy of the Dane Shepherd?

The life expectancy of the Dane Shepherd is perfectly reasonable for a dog of this size and of the two parent breeds.

You are looking at anywhere between 10 to 12 years, but with the correct care, this can be slightly longer.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Dane Shepherd

This breed is intelligent, and they are more laid back with their temperament than you may have been expecting.

They love their family and will be quick to show that by wanting to be beside you most of the time.

They do not like to be left alone for an extended period or they will develop anxiety.

They enjoy being around children and you are safe to let them play with them although their sheer size means you need to watch out just in case of accidents.

They are very sweet and affectionate towards their family and they will always want to please you whenever possible.

This does also mean that they are quite easy to train even for those that have never really trained a dog before.

Also, they may tend to forget that they are a large dog which can lead to them getting into some positions that you have to help them out of.

The Dane Shepherd’s Diet

Dane Shepherd
The Dane Shepherd may look a bit intimidating. Image Credit By: ben_the_junkiedog, instagram

With a dog of this size, it requires a large diet to deal with their appetite.

However, you also need to be careful with what you give them due to their ability to put on quite a lot of weight in a short period of time.

You should be looking at providing them with three cups of food per day, but it is also the quality of the food that is going to be important.

Avoid cheaper dog food as that is just unable to provide them with adequate nutrition.

Instead, you need to focus on high-quality dry food that has been specifically created for a dog of this size. It will be packed full of everything that they need to be healthy.

Also, if you are buying them as a puppy, then the breeder should be providing you with details of what to feed them, how much, and also how often.

It will be essential that you follow this simply because it ties in with how they will grow and develop, and their diet is at the heart of it all.

You are also able to provide them with treats now and then, but it should never form an integral part of their diet.

Instead, give them something small and at random times so they do not fall into the way of expecting the treats.

This can certainly prevent some rather annoying behavior.

Finally, they will also be quite capable of having some of you table food, but you also need to be careful with what you give them in this instance.

Fish, lean meat, some pasta, rice, and vegetables will be fine, but it should not become an integral part of their diet.

Once again, it all fits in with the need for them to get the correct nutrients, and you just cannot be sure that table food can provide them with everything that they need.

How Much Exercise Does a Dane Shepherd Need?

When it comes to their activity level, then you are looking at a dog that is sitting quite comfortably in the middle of a sliding scale.

However, you need to make sure that they get their daily exercise or you could find them putting on weight in next to no time.

Putting on weight brings with it several potential health problems for the breed.

The recommended daily minimum exercise level that you are looking at is in the region of 60 minutes per day.

This should primarily be a walk that allows them to explore and socialize with other dogs.

They will not be suitable for apartment living, but they do need to have a large yard that they can run around in as this will also contribute to their exercise regime for the day.

You should be aware that they need both mental and physical stimulation or they will rather quickly develop problems with their behavior.

They can bark a lot more if they are depressed or bored, so interact with them on a very regular basis to stop this from becoming an issue.

Dane Shepherd Health and Conditions

The Dane Shepherd is a relatively healthy breed of dog, and this can be seen by the small list of health concerns that you need to be paying close attention to regularly.

In this instance, the health conditions to be aware of will include:

  • Allergies
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Bloat

Of course, there is always the risk of them picking up more common illnesses throughout their life, so you do need to watch out for all of this as much as possible.

My Final Thoughts on the Dane ShepherdA Dane Shepherd's face

Overall, the Dane Shepherd is indeed a large dog to own, but at the same time, it does have a wonderful temperament and personality that you are just going to fall in love with.

They may be large, but they are also very affectionate compared to most and they will also prove to be very loyal to their owners and family.

Furthermore, they are protective and great with children, so even though they can look rather intimidating, they are a pleasure to have around and will be a fantastic addition to your family.

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