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Just got a pup....half Great Dane and half German Shepherd

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so....what have I got myself into....she is small (today) about 5/6 weeks old....black and cute. Will she be good to my chickens? How big will she be? Dad (Thor) is a graet dane and about 170 pounds. Mom is a GSD and about 70. Is this a good mix?

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I would think that she would be a very nice dog, providing both parents have good temperaments.  As far as how good with chickens -- That depends on YOU.  How you train her and eventually correct any chicken chasing or prey drive.  Training will be key to this dogs life.  She'll be large and a handful if you don't raise her to be respectful and obedient.

I would LOVE some pics big_smile

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post #3 of 24

WOW I am jelous! I met a Great German Shepard once. He was about 150 lbs, looked just like a shepard but was huge! He was a beauty and was nice to my obnoxious puppy who crawled up under him to chew on his legs (my pup was only about 15 lbs at the time) and his owners said he had a good temperment and got along with other dogs well.
Good luck!

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3 Adults, 2 kids, 2 dogs, 1 bunny, 1 cat, thousands of bees, and chickens: Gold laced, Blue Laced Red, and Columbian Wyandottes (5), Buff Orp (1), Alohas (8 keepers, 5 to cull), Speckled Sussexes (4), EE's (2), a Barred Rock, mutts (2), and some chicks!!!


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post #4 of 24

awww, she sounds so cute! congrats! I bet shes adorable, please post pics! and as far as being good with chickens, i agree with jamie, that depends on you and how well you train her, of course some breeds are better with birds than others but if you take the time to train her properly she should be good with them, if not she will not be and/or will be a handful, that goes for any animal, very simple. But she sounds adorable and if the parents have nice temperments then she should too, but you have to make sure you train her VERY well now because while she make look all cute, fluffy, and innocent now, she will soon become a VERY large dog (especially with her father being the size he is) and she could very easily become a nuisance and a handful, and potentially a hazard if she is not properly trained and it could be very hard to teach a dog that size much(once shes already learned bad habits, and mostly because shes so big that she could easily push and boss you around so train her now) and with a dog that size, even friendly play could very easily become dangerous simply because of her size, so you have to make sure she is very well trained and taught to be respectful and well behaved now so that you will not have to deal with a very large, very unruly and potentially dangerous dog later, sooner rather than later (in regards to training this dog), however, she does sound adorable and sounds like she could be a very good dog if properly trained, German Shepherds are supposed to be very loyal and very intelligent, and Great Danes I'm not too sure about but I think theyre supposed to be pretty friendly as well and big goofballs, so I think she will make a very nice dog, you just have to be sure to train her but she sounds very nice. I would LOVE pictures, she sounds so cute! Also, have you settled on a name yet? Congrats on your new furbaby! big_smilethumbsup


Edited by KDOGG331 - 7/19/10 at 1:20pm
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Here is Jovi:

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/51397_jovi_004.jpg
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My Family...the wife, son 18, daughter 15, daughter 10, Hound mix and missing my chickens like crazy! Maybe some new Backyard chicks in a coop soon, very soon
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My Family...the wife, son 18, daughter 15, daughter 10, Hound mix and missing my chickens like crazy! Maybe some new Backyard chicks in a coop soon, very soon
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post #6 of 24

I met one once, twice actually, I was at a pet festival and came over to a dane rescue booth, they had a litter of puppies, some black some merle, but clearly (to me anyway) not pure dane, so I asked what they were mixed with, Wow, the look on her face, she informed me they were PURE dane!! Of course next year when I came back, one of the black ones was still there, guess what! She looked a whole lot like a german shepherd! But more tall and narrow. She was a cute enough dog, and seemed like she had a nice temperment!

Haven't ever had a german shepherd, but my danes are wonderful w/ the chickens and ducks, just be sure to intro them early and let her know what is expected of her right from the start.

She's adorable! And yep, looks pretty close to the ones I saw! Maybe alittle fuzzier!


Edited by Haviris - 7/19/10 at 2:01pm
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Awwww, she is sooo cute!!! love Congrats! big_smilethumbsup

post #8 of 24
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she eats like a horse and is growing by the day...

One quesion for the dog people out there:  How do you stop the night time crying?

She is being kennel trained, but her crying is costing me sleep!

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Originally Posted by rsf31tmp 

she eats like a horse and is growing by the day...

One quesion for the dog people out there:  How do you stop the night time crying?

She is being kennel trained, but her crying is costing me sleep!


You need to get another one to keep her from crying!!!!!!!!!!!!

HAHAHA

The irony of life! One day you are the windshield and then the next - the bug!!

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The irony of life! One day you are the windshield and then the next - the bug!!

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post #10 of 24

I read somewhere that Great Danes eat as much as a 2 yr old lion hide

She's gonna be a big girl, but she IS awful cute!

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