dualrainbows (dualrainbows) wrote in greatdane,


I am new here, and new to Danes. But I put my down payment on a puppy today! They're only two weeks old so  he won't come home till the end of May. Still, I'M SO EXCITED!



A Day or two old

V The LJ cut went weird, Im not really sure how to fix that =\

Here he is at 2 weeks old, a couple of hours after I got to meet him! :D And here is another.

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Very adorable!! Congradulations!

One thing that you didnt mention. I noticed s/he is a white merle. Are you prepared for or expecting a deaf dog? It's so great when special needs dogs find forever homes! More people need to realize that they're not throw-away pets.

We have a few white danes in our Great Dane play group and they are the sweetest dogs ever. I wish my dogs we as responsive and attentive as theirs.
Oh shoot! I forgot to mention that!

The Breeder said it wouldn't be deaf because it had markings on its back, but I thought white ears meant possible deafness because of lack of pigment in the hairs used for hearing. So I'm not really sure what to think! :\

I guess I will find out when its old enough to really check myself , unless I get the BAER test. I am ready to teach the dog sign language and work around the Deafness If I have to. My Mom and her brother were born Hard of Hearing and Deaf respectively, and mom ran a business selling electronics (other than hearing aids) to help deaf people. Flashing doorbells, pagers, etc. I'm not sure what would be necessary for a dog because they pick up on things with their other senses so well, but I'm hoping to get a waterproof vibrating paging device cheaply though her to attach to the collar and call the dog with if it is indeed deaf. I heard vibrating collars could get pricey really fast :(
Sorry I went on sort of a tangent there. =\ I heard of people using flashlights to call their dog as well, but then I have heard of deaf dogs "not listening" by making sure not to look in your direction. Not sure if a vibrating collar piece would make a difference there.
Just because a dog has a patch of markings doesn't mean it can hear. And white ears meaning its deaf, I've never heard of that... but that’s just silly.

A breeder that says a colored patch negates genetics sounds sketchy. I would make sure your contract has a health guarantee somewhere in it for you and your dog’s protection.

I don’t think I've ever seen a complete 100% white Dane in person, they're all white with patches of merle.

It has to do with the dominant coloring gene. Just like in Chinese crested the hairless gene is tied to the lack of teeth.


Deaf Dane Rescue has a lot of good info on living and training deaf Danes


We use hand signals with both of our hearing Danes and they really seem to respond to it. We have some of the only dogs that have stone cold recalls down, and I attribute it to using hand signals. I wave my hand in the air when I want their attention, and then make come here motion 1 finger if they're close & a whole hand if they're far away.

They really seem to respond well to body language better than any voice command I give.

You're fantastic for adopting when theres even a posibility of need. Some many people wouldn't even consider it.
My breeder (this is her first Dane litter) contacted her dog's breeders about the dogs hearing. I don't know the other breeder other than what is on paperwork, so I'm not sure where their information is coming from beyond that.

Thank you so much for sharing your experience, and all the information! I'm going to check those out right now. I really appreciate it!

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The Puppy is only 2 weeks old so I'm not sure on the eye color yet. I'll post a couple of pics at 2 weeks that I have so far.
Congrats on the puppy! I agree with the other posters that you should consider that the dog may be deaf. My parents have 2 deaf danes, both mostly white, both from rescue, and both with some black markings. One of them also has significant visual problems but isn't quite blind. They've been great dogs.

I have also heard that deafness is related to lack of pigment in the hair cells (called steriocilia) within the ears - but that's not necessarily the same as the color we see when we look at the ears from the outside.
Ah okay. Wherever I had read it mentioned the ears being white (like visibly on the outside) Did your parents ever have problems with bite inhibition since a deaf dog wouldn't be able to hear another dogs vocal displeasure in being chomped?
We have had fear aggression issues in the one with bad eye sight and deafness. She has always been fine with us, but she startles when strangers approach too quickly. It just takes some extra effort to re-condition her response to startling stimuli. We had to keep her muzzled when we had construction workers in our house, but she has always been fine with friends and family who are aware of her issues with sight and sound. As far as playing too rough, both of our deaf danes came from the same litter so they grew up together. They do play rough at times, but I think it's probably similar to how hearing dogs play. Early socialization is key to having a dog that's dog-friendly. Dogs also communicate usuing body language, hearing is only part of it.

Something I noticed nobody has mentioned - unless you have a fenced yard, a deaf dog will probably always need to be on-leash outside since it can't hear approaching traffic. Check out www.deafdogs.org and www.d2care.org
Thanks for the info. No I live in an apartment :( So I went and got a 30 foot leash for training, but also for letting him play in parks and in the complex's field.