Great Dane People: We're Taking the Plunge = )
My husband and I have always wanted to add a dane to our menagerie, and we decided now is the right time. I'm working part time and often from home, so we are going to go ahead and get a puppy = )
A good horsey friend of ours got seriously into dog showing several years ago and got her first show dane last year. She was kind enough to introduce us to her breeder, so I think I may be trying out this dog show thing too. Eek!
Anyhoo, this will be our first puppy and first dane, so I figured I'd start a thread now so COTH will be prepared for my inevitable "need advice" and "look at all these adorable pictures!" threads, haha. I've already purchased (and read) numerous books on puppies, danes, showing, and dog conformation because I'm super excited and our pup is coming from a spring litter. I'm sure there will be days and nights where I'm tearing my hair out, but that's how it goes!
A couple of questions related to having our first intact dog in the house. Any thoughts on which gender is easier to maintain intact? Sounds like the heat cycle can be a bit of a pain but then you hear the stories of difficult males as well. We will be very on top of socializing and training either way. We do like to take our dogs places, but I'm pretty strict on socializing with other dogs, and we're not a dog park family at all.
We currently have a female greyhound, but she is pretty laid back and used to having fosters coming in and out. She seems to have little preference for male or female in a housemate. I've found over the years that I tend to bond more with female animals (dogs, cats, horses), but I also have loved many males (my current kitty and gelding included). Our breeder will of course also be helping us pick a pup that suits our home.
Does anyone have any experience fostering while having an intact animal in the house? I would like to keep fostering greyhounds if our new addition will allow it. Greyhounds tend to be pretty laid back and are also used to being around other intact dogs, so I'm hoping we might be able to make it work. Perhaps if we continue to do it while the pup is still young, it might not be as much of an issue as he/she matures?
Anyhoo, we are very excited and I just wanted to share with the COTH dog and dane lovers. We are on the list for a spring litter, but I will post pictures once our new addition is on the way = )