What you need to know - before you buy.
Great Dane Club of Des Moines is vitally interested in the
welfare of the breed, including sound breeding practices.
Therefore, we encourage people always to buy their puppies
from a reputable breeder.
us for referrals to Great Dane breeders who may have puppies
available for placement as potential show dogs or as companion
educational materials on choosing a Great Dane puppy, link
to the GDCA's, Before
You Choose a Great Dane.
Dane Breeder Referral Contacts
Click on the Breeder Referral link above to locate Iowa breeders who may have puppies, or may be able to refer you to other
reputable breeders who have puppies available.
do those newspaper ads really mean?
here for help interpreting 'puppy for sale' ads.
your closest Dane club and/or Dane rescue group
ask what they know about the breeder you are considering.
Visit the Great Dane Club of America's website - www.gdca.org.
for contact names of clubs and rescues. If you can't find
anything nearby, just start calling the closest you can find.
The dog world is small!
Five Questions You Need to Ask - Before You
Q. What health tests did you perform on the parents?
A. For Danes, look for: Hips
OFA or PennHIP;
Accept NO excuses! An annual vet exam doesn't cut it for breeding
dogs. Several genetic issues can go undetected in the parent
but appear in pups. And some issues do not surface until later
in life. Ask for proof of the test results. If they truly
did the tests and they had good results, they'll be proud
to show you! Some shady breeders will intentionally mislead
buyers into thinking they have completed health tests. Always
verify the health testing results for yourself.
Q. Do you have a contract for new owners
A. Yes. The contract should cover the following basics:
Breeder will take the dog back if at any time the buyer can't
keep it; spay/neuter requirement for pet puppies not scheduled
to be shown; and basic agreement about how the pup will be
cared for by new owner. Any health guarantee should be for
at least two years. A contract/guarantee is only as good as
the breeder that issues it. Guarantees don't replace health
Q. What activities do you do with your dogs?
A. Minimum: Showing
Other activities: Therapy work, obedience, agility and more
Why is showing important to a buyer that only wants a pet?
Because showing is the best way for breeders to evaluate their
breeding stock by gaining unbiased opinions about his/her
dogs. It proves the breeder is putting their money where their
mouth is and showing their dogs to their peers. Our breed
standard is a blueprint for creating structurally sound Danes,
helping keep their bodies strong and able throughout their
life. If a breeder doesn't have time or money to show, they
don't have the time or money to breed. Ask to see formal "win
pictures" of their dogs and/or championship certificates.
A win picture should show a full profile shot of the dog,
along with their handler and a judge. There will be a placard
in the bottom left of the picture denoting what the dog won.
You'll want to see a placard that says something like "Winners"
or "Best of Breed". Class placements (1st, 2nd,
etc.) are nice, but no points towards the dog's championship
Q. To what dog clubs/organizations do you belong?
A. No individual can "belong to" or be "affiliated
with" the AKC. If you're told that, RUN.
Most responsible breeders will belong to a breed-specific
and/or an all-breed club. Clubs depends on their volunteer
members to run shows and other events, so club involvement
is a great thing. You can go to the AKC's website ( www.akc.org
) to get contact names for any club to verify this information.
Q. What age can I take the puppy home?
A. No earlier than 8 weeks. The pups need that time
for socialization with mom and littermates, not to mention
building their immune system. The dam stops feeding them long
before they're ready to leave, so just because a pup is weaned
doesn't mean they're ready for a new home. Some states have
laws forbidding puppies going home before 7 weeks old.
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