Fair Great Danes
Reprinted with Arlene
Scarbrough permission. We will endeavor to finish this topic list
in time since Ms. Scarbrough is no longer with us.
been breeding Great Danes for over thirty years now.
We strive to breed “our idea” of
perfect Great Danes. Health
and temperament are our first priority, followed by intelligence,
conformation and color, in that order.
So far, we are happy with our results.
Danes average lifespan is 10-13 years.
like to assist others who truly love these dogs.
That in itself is a difficult task.
After considering many of the various possible approaches,
including one to one consultations, responding to individual questions
received via email, writing a book, participating in mailing list
discussions and chats, we decided to use our website.
new “controversial issues” section of our website is intended to
provide novices, breeders, and other interested parties with our
position on frequently debated issues.
Some of the
information provided will be factual and some will be our opinion.
Please remember, we have been breeding for over 30 years during
which time we have produced well over 100 litters.
are not asking people whether or not they agree with us.
We are not interested in debating.
We are simply providing either information compiled by us over
these many years or our opinions on frequently discussed topics based on
our years of experience. Our
opinions will surely displease many people, and will probably also anger
quite a few. We plan to
call it as we see it. If
you don’t like what you read, your escape is a click away!!
To Be Included in Controversial Issues
topics will not necessarily be addressed in the order presented.)
is an educational “work in progress”.
As each topic is completed, it will be underlined, so that you
can simply click on it to bring up the information presented under that
particular topic. If you would like a topic added or you have a question
you would like for us to address, please email us at
Please be patient. This
is an intensely time consuming effort.
What does a champion pedigree mean to a person looking for a pet
Why do people breed and/ why
Breeding of merles and other colors not allowed in the
Etiquette considerations when conversing with breeders.
Breeding your pet.
Puppy mill definition and discussion.
Testing of dogs used for breeding.
Support services offered by breeders.
What do we feed our Danes?
How to evaluate information presented on the internet.
Characteristics by color.
Training of Danes.
The most difficult responsibilities of being a good breeder.
Shipping of Danes.
Pros and cons of taking in a rescue Dane.
How disreputable breeders “get around” their guarantee.
Kennel blindness, a “disease” common to breeders.
Veterinarians are people too…some good, some not so good.
Cropped ears and natural ears…pros and cons of each.
European Danes and American bred Danes…the difference.
26. Alternative to crate training.
again, if you would like a topic added or you have a question you would
like for us to address, please email us at