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Are Great Danes really "gentle giants"? (Original Post) retrowire Dec 2016 OP
Gentle CLUMSY Giants.. hlthe2b Dec 2016 #1
My oversize Dobermann was the same. SwissTony Dec 2016 #2
Wait till she's full grown. TreasonousBastard Dec 2016 #3
Hospital visits await! Lol nt retrowire Dec 2016 #4
Never owned one meself, but several friends have, and they are fantastic and loving, if... TreasonousBastard Dec 2016 #5
When I was a kid we had a great dane who would visit our house a couple times a week. mulsh Dec 2016 #6
Mine used to beat my legs black and blue lunatica Dec 2016 #7
That tail is lethal!!! Sunriser13 Jan 2017 #9
They are, but they sacrificed brain for brawn it seems. Sunriser13 Jan 2017 #8

SwissTony

(2,560 posts)
2. My oversize Dobermann was the same.
Sat Dec 31, 2016, 09:18 AM
Dec 2016

His favourite trick was to walk close to me then suddenly swing his head into my sensitive parts.

I was always a bit worried about the grandkids. He had a habit of patting you with his paw, which hurt enough when you're older and taller than a four year old. So, my great fear was that he'd "pat" one of the kids in the face. But he never did and always took great care when with the kids.

Not a mean hair on his body. Just big, strong and, at times, over-enthusiastic.

All the best with your puppy. Try and enjoy the pain.

TreasonousBastard

(43,049 posts)
5. Never owned one meself, but several friends have, and they are fantastic and loving, if...
Sat Dec 31, 2016, 10:55 AM
Dec 2016

you can afford to feed them.

One of them loved to sleep under a grand piano, and took up the whole thing-- a neat surprise for the uninitiated.

Two of them went after a pair of burglars. They didn't kill the bastards, but, shall we say, surgically detained them. Their owner, a retired cop, actually felt a little sorry for the one who will never have kids. Other than that protecting of the homefront, they were indeed gentle giants.

One of them was killed by a raccoon about a year later.

mulsh

(2,959 posts)
6. When I was a kid we had a great dane who would visit our house a couple times a week.
Sat Dec 31, 2016, 11:14 AM
Dec 2016

We lived in Oakland, Ca, we rarely locked or even closed our back door. This was in the early 70's when people would also let their dogs run wild. The great dane would come in to our family room, get some of our dog's water and a nibble, our dog, a corgi, didn't seem to mind, sniff and lick us. Then she'd hang out for an hour or so. She was really good natured and sweet.

This went on for a couple of years. One day shortly after I moved into my first apartment, I was walking up to my parent's house through a neighborhood about a mile and a half away when that great dane ran up and started licking my face. Her owner ran out of her house and said, "she seems to like you". I told her about the dog's regular visits. The lady loaded the dog and me in her car and drove us the rest of the way to my parent's house so she could meet the family.

The dog's visits continued for a couple of more years. She, and her owner, were always welcome as far as we all were concerned.

lunatica

(53,410 posts)
7. Mine used to beat my legs black and blue
Sat Dec 31, 2016, 02:45 PM
Dec 2016

They're very dangerous when they're happy and wagging that tail!

Sunriser13

(612 posts)
9. That tail is lethal!!!
Sun Jan 1, 2017, 03:41 AM
Jan 2017

Especially when they get big enough to rest their head on your shoulder - while you're standing up!

Sunriser13

(612 posts)
8. They are, but they sacrificed brain for brawn it seems.
Sun Jan 1, 2017, 03:40 AM
Jan 2017

Big loving kids, though.

Start discipline and training early! They get really hard-headed and obstinate without guidance.

Enjoy!

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