The Great Dane might grow up to be a monster of a dog as it ages, but all dogs start out humble and tiny. If you’re getting a grey Great Dane puppy, then you’ll have a few months of sheer cuteness before this dog starts to morph into its larger-than-life adult counterpart.
During those few months, it’s important that you take care of your dog properly. Caring for a grey Great Dane puppy is just as important as it would be for other large breeds like the Mastiff puppy. These stages are the most important for your dog’s development.
About the Grey Great Dane Puppy
While fully-grown Great Dane dogs often reach up to 32 inches at their shoulders, puppies obviously start out a lot smaller. Even so, Great Dane puppies tend to grow extremely quickly and you might feel like you’ve woken up one day to find your puppy doubled in size.
Great Dane puppies, like most other puppies, are hyper-energetic, curious, and playful. However, as the dogs mature, they tend to become much more stoic in nature. The Great Dane makes a fantastic guard dog. Not only is their sheer size intimidating, but these dogs are also very courageous and strong-spirited.
Great Danes are popular enough to have spawned their own dog club!
Raising Your Grey Great Dane Puppy
When you’re raising your new puppy there are some things to be aware of and challenges to prepare for.
Feeding Your Pup
Great Danes grow huge, so they need a fair amount of food as puppies. Just get an appropriate puppy food (you’ll be able to tell by reading the label) and feed them the required amount.
Great Danes are prone to bloat, a potentially fatal digestive condition. This can be avoided by feeding them smaller meals throughout the day, even into adulthood, rather than one or two big meals per day.
Exercising Your Dog
Make sure not to exercise your dog too soon after eating, as this can increase the risk of them getting bloat. Great Danes have a fantastic sense of smell and are known to follow their nose, so it’s extra-important to keep them leashed while you’re out at the park.
Other than that, you’ll need to give them daily exercise like any dog. Great Danes aren’t extremely energetic, but they’ll appreciate brisk walking a couple of times per day.
Avoid giving your Great Dane any exercise that is too strenuous. Sometimes running, or even jogging, should wait until they’re a couple years old. That way, their joints are fully developed.
Grooming the Great Dane
Great Danes are wonderfully short-haired dogs but that doesn’t mean they don’t shed. You won’t have to worry too much when they’re puppies, but the sheer size of the mature Great Dane means that there’s still a lot of fur to deal with.
Make sure to brush them at least once a week. And, like other dogs, a bit of extra grooming during shedding season (at the turn of the spring and autumn seasons) will be necessary.
Grey Great Dane puppies are adorable, but they grow up quickly. Feed them regular, small meals and avoid strenuous exercise after eating to prevent them from getting sick.
With proper care, good nutrition, and regular exercise, you’ll have no problem raising a beautiful and strong Great Dane dog.