Question & Answers

1. How long have you been breeding?
We have been breeding Great Danes since 2013. We strive to improve with each litter produced and always look for ways to learn and make things better. 

2. Do you do puppy visits?
NO. We do not do puppies visits for a number of reasons. First and foremost, the safety of my children. The puppies we produce are raised inside my home. My home is for my family and animals. There are tons of stories out there where breeders have been hurt or robbed. Second, the first 3 to 4 weeks the puppies are raised in my bedroom in the whelping area. That would make for an awkward visit. Visits also unknowingly can bring in illnesses such as coccidia, giardia or even mange on clothes, shoes etc. Visitors can also bring in deadly illnesses such as the canine influenza or parvo. And last but not least, since we are not a business, we do not carry business insurance. Our homeowners insurance will not cover an incident when dealing with puppies. But for these reasons, we do lots of videos and pictures. 

3. Since you don't allow visits, can we still somehow meet the parents to our puppy?
the answer to this is a very simple YES. Anyone who has ever asked to meet our dogs has been able to do so. If you would like to meet mom and/or dad to your puppy, please let us know 1 or 2 days before pick up. We will bring them with us when we meet for the puppy exchange

4. Do you crop the puppies before they come home? 
No. We firmly believe that Great Danes should stay in their natural state and should not be put to sleep for a cosmetic purpose. However, we are not against cropping and do not judge those who do decide to have this procedure done. When a crop job has been done properly and all procedures have been followed to get the ears to stand, Great Danes do look AMAZING. Please note that if you do decide to have this done, sometimes no matter how hard you try, the crop will fail. One or both ears may not stand. 

5. Do you use any ground shipping companies? 
We have once with a rescue situation and the experience went well. However, we still prefer pick up or to use the airlines.

6. How much does shipping cost?
We Charge $450 for shipping. This cost does include airfare, air safe crate, Tennessee state health certificate, letter of acclimation, microchip thru AKC reunite, small bag of food, comfort stop ( depends of flight) declared value of the price of puppy plus shipping charges. Declaring the value is like insurance. If something were to happen, the airline would be responsible for that amount. 

7. Can we get full registration on our puppy? 
We very rarely sell full registration. If you are an established breeding group, you must be able to show proof of health testing  on your current breeding dogs. If you are new to breeding, you must show proof of health testing through OFA and/or PennHip, color testing and IMGD testing before full registration papers will be turned over. Once you purchase a puppy on Limited registration, we will not change it to full registration. 

8. Do you microchip your puppies?
We do microchip our puppies with AKC Reunite when they will be shipped via the airlines. This is included in the shipping fees. If you are coming to pick up your puppy and would like your puppy microchipped, we will charge a fee of $15. 

9. We have seen numerous other breeders offer a 2 year or more health guarantee. Why does GGOT only offer 30 days?
The answer to this is simple. How do you put a guarantee on a living breathing life? How can anyone GUARANTEE anything with their puppy? We health test our breeding dogs and purchase our dogs from health tested champion bloodlines to help ensure our puppies will not have any issues. However, health testing only shows that the parents were healthy with good scores at the time of testing. It does not guarantee anything for that puppy. 


1. What are some health issues or issues that Great Danes as a "whole" breed may be predisposed to because they are a Giant breed? 
The following is a small list but not limited to, to name a few of the health issues to watch out for when owning a Great Dane. 
Hips dysplasia, certain blood disorders, allergies, demodex mange, bloat, Pano ( panosteitis), certain cancers, HOD ( hypertrophic Osteodystrophy), hips dysplasia, cherry eye, OCD ( osteochondritis dissecans) happy tail, bloat, DCM ( dilated cardiomyopathy) 

2. Do Great Dane puppies need a lot of exercise? 
No. One of the worst things for a Great Dane puppy is to much exercise. A small 5 minute walk 1 to 2 times a day will be all they need with they play they do on their own. this time can slowly go up as the puppy gets older. To much exercise can cause many bone and joint issues. 

3. Orthopedic issue are most often seen in puppies that have been over fed and have grown to fast. Great Danes, even as puppies need to be kept lean and with a good body condition score. DO NOT give added calcium supplements or multi vit/minerals with calcium. To much calcium and phosphorus can be harmful to the joint and bones of the growing Dane. 

4. When looking searching for a vet to see your Great Dane, look for one that may specialize in the breed, breed them or have them as pets. Ask if they have many that comes into the office on a regular basis. You will want your vet to be familiar with the breed, knows their personality, correct diets, health conditions etc. 

5. Great Danes are indoor dogs. They thrive on human contact. They want to please their owners, learn fast, extremely intelligent, good with children, moderately playful, affectionate and are known as "Gentle Giants".


 By V. Louise Feddema

 Many large and giant breeds are identified with specific limb and joint conditions. Great Danes are susceptible to some of these conditions. Bone disease is often the result of factors other than genetic in these large and giant breed dogs. 

 Great Danes are sometimes subject to lameness during their heavy growth period from between four to eighteen months of age. 

 Assuming the reader has done his or her homework and gotten his or her dog from an ethical breeder who has taken advantage of testing and genetic registries (OFA, PenHip, CERF-for example)-I will go on to other reasons for orthopedic problems. 

 Dietary Considerations

 High intake of calcium is associated with various bone diseases in Great Danes. Some dogs are at risk for osteochodrosis (OCD). Diets high in protein also increase the growth lameness tendencies for large dogs. Most breeders also recommend that no vitamin or mineral supplement (other than Vitamin C) be given Great Danes. 

 OCD (Osteochondrosis Dissecans) 

 This disease often causes temporary or permanent lameness in dogs. This happens when the normal process of bone growth results in cartilage that is replaced by bone, and growth regions are overgrown. This can effect; shoulder, elbow, hock and even the stifle. Protein intake should be less than 25% to help prevent this condition-slower growth may help prevent OCD. Give NO calcium supplementation, feed NO puppy foods, as they usually have higher calcium/mineral content. Low calcium and phosphorus will help reduce OCD from forming. OCD can also be caused from trauma during the growth periods of rapid growth.

 "Pano" or "Longbone" (Panosteitis) 

 If you have to have a bone disease, this is the one you want. It will go away. It is a self-limiting disease that could be called "doggy growing pains". It should not, however, be ignored. This condition effects the long bones of fast growing young dogs. Lameness is acute and painful, but is not related in injury. Lameness goes from one leg to another, and may go away without treatment. Limit activity, treat pain (usually with analgesics), lower protein to less than 20% for a few months to slow down growth. Talk to your vet about MSM as a means to aid rehabilitation. Stronger pain medication is available, but should be used with caution and only under veterinary supervision. A good glucosamine, chondroitin and MSM combo will help. 

 HOD (Hypertrophied Osteodsytrophy) 

 This disease may be caused by excessive caloric intake in relation to energy expended. More in, than out! This usually affects Great Danes between the ages of 12 weeks and 7 months of age. First signs are a swelling in the front wrist area—this area is usually hot and tender to the touch. (Progresses to faulty rear movement—because of pain in the lower back legs). Then, there is a dropping of the front wrist (pastern), splayed feet (toes are spread out or flat), the topline (the top of the back) gets curvy (like a Greyhound), and the back legs are tucked under the body (like a Deerhound) making the dog appear deformed. Sometimes the rear legs look "cow hocked" (feet face outward and hocks face towards each other) and the front legs may toe inward. In some cases the dog will toe out; when viewing the puppy from straight above the shoulders down to the front feet the legs will have a knock-kneed appearance. In extreme cases there are very high fevers, refusal to eat, and constantly aching joints. This is caused by high protein foods consumed in larger amounts than is actually needed by puppies. Puppies do better on a high quality, lower protein food ranging around 20% to 25% with low calcium and phosphorus levels.

 What The Owner Can Do To Help Assure Proper Growth

 Adding "people food" can raise the protein levels or imbalance the calcium/phosphorus ratio. 

 Keep your puppy well-fleshed, but not fat is better. Remember, slow steady growth will do more for your puppy than rapid growth that can happen with puppy foods. The puppy will eventually reach its genetic potential, but without the additional risk to bones and joints that comes from high calcium and phosphorus. 

 It is obvious that nutrition is a big part in bone disease in Great is really over-nutrition that is the BIG PROBLEM; too much protein, too much calcium/minerals, too much food. Don’t be so nice to your dog you cripple it or kill it. 

 To review:

•Do not feed puppy foods; even those developed for giant breeds. 

•Use a quality brand of dry food. Compare labels and get an adult food with lower calcium and phosphorus content. 

•Don’t add milk or dairy products to moisten the puppy’s food. Use warm water instead. 

•Don’t give vitamins or minerals; especially calcium. The only vitamin supplementation considered acceptable is Vitamin C. 

•Don’t let your Dane puppy get rolly polly fat. You should be able to see the silhouette of the last rib. 

•Never make diet changes suddenly. Any change should be made gradually over the course of a week. 

•Allow your Dane puppy as much free exercise as he wants. However, never "road work" a young or adolescent Dane until their growth plates have closed.