Mafimafi Great Danes
IS A GREAT DANE RIGHT FOR ME?
Great Danes need companionship. They are not a dog that does well left to play in the yard just with other dogs. They want to be part of the family. If that is watching TV in the lounge room, that is where they want to be. If it is going camping and sitting around the campfire, that is where they want to be. Danes do not do well with harsh correction - firm - yes, harsh - no. A big dog costs more for worming and anaesthetics etc. Danes are great with children. They are not 'tough' or aggressive. If this sounds like it suits you, them a Dane could be right for you...
I AM ON THE CONTACT LIST. HOW DO I GET A PUP?
Once a litter is a week or so old, we will begin emailing people on our Contact List. We begin with those who have been waiting the longest; however if you had specified a gender and colour and we don't have any/many to meet that requirement, you will be left on the list for a future litter. Let us know you are still keen and we will talk further in person or on the phone over the next few weeks. At this point we will get to know your expectations and family needs. This means we can determine if we have a pup in the litter that would fit with your family. We do not automatically sell a pup because we have one available. It is important to us that we try to match the pup's personality with the family. Hence we want to get to know you.
WHAT SUPPORT DO YOU OFFER AFTER I HAVE MY PUP?
We are only a phone call away. We encourage you to contact us, even if you think it is a little or silly thing, it is better to get good information early. We know our dogs and have wide experience with behaviours, ailments and quirks. We are available for the life of your Dane - not just the first month.
MALE OR FEMALE - WHICH IS BETTER?
There is no right answer! There is a generalisation that a male dog bonds better with a female person and vice versa. However, there are equally as many examples that contradict this. It is also a misconception that males are more aggressive, this is not the case. Really it comes down to finding the Dane that is right for you, regardless of gender.
HOW MUCH EXERCISE DOES MY PUP NEED?
Great Danes grow quickly. As pups there is lots of space between bones and tendons, ligaments and muscles need to stretch, tighten and grow to accommodate this. It is important not to take a young dog for long walks or runs until they are at least 9 months. Too many times permanent damage is done to growing Danes when uninformed owners take them for a hill run. They get all the exercise they need through incidental play and some neighbourhood or beach walks.
HOW MUCH DOES A DANE EAT?
An adult Dane eats about the same as a large Rottweiller. However, a growing pup (6 months - 18 months) will eat more.