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    Default If I were to get a Great Dane...

    ...or a Great Dane cross (currently Mastiff x Dane pups available), what's the chance it'll fit into the back seat of my 2011 Hyundai i30? I will be getting a large breed dog, but the biggest I'll go is Dane size.

    Thank youuuu!
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    Can I just mention that you must be very sure you can afford a dog like that financially before you jump in.

    They are expensive to feed but also will cost you twice as much in vet costs and
    flea and worming product, etc. They are prone to joint and skeletal issues which can cost you thousands in vet costs and medication if you're unlucky or don't take enough care with feeding and exercise.

    Also, a big dog can pose issues when walking them off leash. Both people and other dogs are easily intimidated by them and will be less likely to pardon any mistakes.

    I have a friend with a great dane cross and he regularly gets attacked by dogs whose owners swear they are usually good with dogs and have never reacted like that before.

    The size of your car is your least worry...

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    Fully aware of that. This is just an idea. I could end up with 3-4 crosses in the one dog but I would like to have a dog with Great Dane in it. I have had a Great Dane cross before and she was the easiest dog to look after, no health problems. But it'd be horrible for the dog to be cramped.

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    Great Danes are absolutely beautiful dogs, i adore them. However owning a large dog like a Great Dane is a very big responsibility, especially with training. You will need to start training your puppy from day 1, you need to get on top of biting and jumping as quickly as you can. You need to teach him/her to have good manners. I have friends who have owned two Great Danes recently. One of them was not trained thoroughly as a pup and she is now still a biter and a jumper (not really enjoyable to be around). You will also need to socialise this pup as much as you can, there is nothing worse than a large dog that has behavioural issues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maddogdodge View Post
    Great Danes are absolutely beautiful dogs, i adore them. However owning a large dog like a Great Dane is a very big responsibility, especially with training. You will need to start training your puppy from day 1, you need to get on top of biting and jumping as quickly as you can. You need to teach him/her to have good manners. I have friends who have owned two Great Danes recently. One of them was not trained thoroughly as a pup and she is now still a biter and a jumper (not really enjoyable to be around). You will also need to socialise this pup as much as you can, there is nothing worse than a large dog that has behavioural issues.
    My partner's parents have two 8 week old Mastiff x Dane x Ridgeback pups and I've been helping out with their training and such. I guess I'm kinda preparing myself by being around them One of them is notorious for jumping and mouthing and I've been onto it as soon as he does it and have been trying to train him not to (though doesn't help when my partner's brother teases him by making him jump up for a toy). Have also taught them both to sit using a single biscuit from their dry puppy food. Have also learnt the crate training method. They're pretty good in which they get fed, put in their crate and then they'll cry after about 5-10 minutes when they want to go to the toilet. We pick them up (more of a pen than a crate), take them onto the grass, wait about 2 seconds to 3 minutes (depending) for a pee and then put them back to bed. They normally fall asleep straight away. Have learnt a lot from these two. So I've now helped look after puppy Dane x's and adult Dane x's I've had teenage dogs of different breeds.
    They went to their first puppy class last night and got to meet other dogs for the first time. Did really well. I'd be taking my own puppy to meet all sorts of people. Definitely making sure it gets socialised with every sort of person I can find and all sorts of dogs.

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    wkristen

    I believe the dog you might be looking for could be the bull arab - bit of everything including dane.

    All I know - every dog I live with presents a whole new set of (training) challenges for me. Stuff that worked fine with the previous dog - doesn't work with the next - even though most of them have been cattle dogs or bull breeds of some sort.

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    If it helps i have an 01 Toyotta Corolla hatchback that i fold the back seats down in and i have a bull arab/ bull mastiff/ great dane bitch and a bull arab/ bull mastiff male that i fit in my car. I have to fold the seats down for them to be able to lie down in there if they wish.

    Be aware that with mixed breeds you will never really know what your dog will end up like in regard to size. I thought my female would be taller than my male as she has the dane in her but he is a full 5 inches taller than her. He is also 20 kilos heavier then her and he is only 15 months old.

    Also their temperaments are completely different.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wkristen View Post
    Fully aware of that. This is just an idea. I could end up with 3-4 crosses in the one dog but I would like to have a dog with Great Dane in it. I have had a Great Dane cross before and she was the easiest dog to look after, no health problems. But it'd be horrible for the dog to be cramped.
    Sorry, you have 'had' a great Dane cross or you looked after one temporarily? I thought from your initial post that you had only had the staffy pup and the rescue dog. And I appreciate your honesty, but admit that my clearly somewhat suspicious reaction to your posts does stem from the fact that you have given up on two dogs before. Good intentions are not enough, the proof is in the pudding.

    And I didn't say that every large/giant dog will get health problems. But if they do they may cost you as much as a deposit for a small house would.

    If you are determined to do right by your dog, get an 'easy' dog. It is not because you like big dogs best that you absolutely need to get one.

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    What sort of colour dane?
    im a great fan of the Harlequins.
    It seems you can put the seat down on any car, and shove a dane in, that'll be able to lay down flat out.

    My dogs are stupidly expensive to run. My husband has begun to notice my outlay. And pointing out to me how much money i spent on them in the last month.
    But i do love a large dog, and you dont get bigger than a Dane.

    Seriously, check out the bull Arabs. That dog, is on my wish list. More sturdy than a Dane. Cheaper, but more 'dog' too.

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    If you where to get a great Dane .....I'd say "Thats Cool"

    LOL..big dogs and little cars...where theres a will theres a way. Both my goofs share the backseat of my hilux ute no worries so one big dog would fit in yours.
    Plenty of Big dogs needing rescuing around my part of the world....lots of wanna be pig hunters dumping thier dogs because they dont hunt well .


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