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Old 06-14-2002, 12:53 PM
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Default Can Great Danes Live Outside??

I want to aquire a great dane, but my family members are allergic to dogs. Is it acceptable to have them as outside pets?? (living in a heated environment in the winters, of course) Thanks!
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Old 06-14-2002, 12:57 PM
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Default RE: Can Great Danes Live Outside??

No. They have neither the necessary physical nor the emotional/psychological capabilities.
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Old 06-14-2002, 01:26 PM
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Default RE: Can Great Danes Live Outside??

They do o.k. outside depending in what part of the country you live in. In the northern states, no, as it's too cold in the winter. If family members are allergic to dogs would they also be if they came in contact with them outside?
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Old 06-14-2002, 05:36 PM
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Default RE: Can Great Danes Live Outside??

I don't think it is a good idea. You might want to look into a dog that isn't so clingy, because Great Danes love being with there Family. I can't imagine one living HAPPILY outside it's whole life.
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Old 06-14-2002, 05:46 PM
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Default RE: Can Great Danes Live Outside??

>They do o.k. outside depending in what part of the country
>you live in. In the northern states, no, as it's too cold
>in the winter. If family members are allergic to dogs would
>they also be if they came in contact with them outside?

They really don't do well outside, period, no matter how warm it is--if that were the only issue, then those of us in the northern states could just get heated doghouses.

Danes are intensely people-oriented. If relegated outside they would feel rejected and become depressed and probably become destructive. It's just not good for them in any way.

There's also the consideration that no good breeder will sell a puppy that is going to be left outside for any length of time. If one buys from a breeder who will allow an outside dog, you've instantly got two strikes against you--a dog who is not from a good breeder and a dog who cannot form the close attachment to humans it desperately needs.

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Old 06-14-2002, 06:49 PM
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Joanna hit the nail right on the head. Great post, BTW. Also, I might add that along with agreeing with all that Joanna said, you should also consider what bored, rejected, and desperate animals do when left to their own devices. Danes in particular MUST be with their human family. Just as the sporting breeds are physically needy (in terms of exercise, etc) Great Danes are more emotionally needy. In other words. . . ya just might come home to find that your dog has decided to tear the siding off your house in your absence. But seriously, the answer is an unqualified, resounding absolutely not. If you would be happy with an outside dog, then a dane is not the right breed for you. Not just because the dog will be unhappy, but because you would be eternally unhappy with a breed so unsuited to your wants/expectations. With all due respect, please take the advice of the people from this list. I have learned so much from them and they really do know what they're talking about. You would do much better to choose another breed of dog. . . or possibly not have a dog in the first place because of the allergy situation. Amanda
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Old 06-14-2002, 07:55 PM
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i wouldnt recommend having a dane outside. in fact, after having kash, my freind who only has outside dogs, asked me for the breeder, cause she wanted one, and i refused to give it to her, due to the lack of support from her father, and because they dont want inside dogs.

i dont think it would do you or the dog any good. probably more trouble than its worth. i mean, if its outside, your not going to get to see the good side of the dog all the time, your gonna come home to ruined walls, fences, holes, etc.

maybe you should look into a less attatched breed, like maybe a sheep dog, they are very outsidish. and at that, i would get two, so they have each other-preventing boredom perhaps?
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Old 06-14-2002, 11:10 PM
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Default RE: Can Great Danes Live Outside??

Thanks for the responses.. Although I think your arguments are well founded, I had the opporitunity to visit a wonderful great dane that lives outside in a northern state this evening. He's a beautiful harlequin, and he seemed perfectly content to me. He was very social, and approachable, and even around a large group of unfamiliar children, seemed to be at ease. He obeyed all commands that he was given, and never even seemed to hesitate. I appreciate all of your comments about how danes fare out of doors, but I tend to think that several of your responses are a bit biased as a result of the deep connection that no doubt exists between owner and animal. When i say Live outside, I dont mean i am going to invest in a dane and leave it to itself - rather, i mean it will sleep out of doors, and from time to time be in a run (of one acre)..
Again.. thanks for the commments!
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Old 06-15-2002, 02:18 AM
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Default RE: Bravo!

Snauzers (sp) are a good allergic free dog. They don't shed and come in varies sized. If you are looking for a large dog, they do come in extra large. My FIL has had them and he has allergies to everything. He lives great with these dogs. Just a suggestion.

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Old 06-15-2002, 06:12 AM
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Default RE: Can Great Danes Live Outside??

Well said Joanna...I couldn't agree with you more. While there are days that Annabelle would stay out side all day there are more when she just wants to do her business and come back inside to watch Animal Planet or the Ugly Dachshund. Danes are so emotionally needy. Not that I mind, I love having her lean on me and snuggle with me.

IMHO I can't see getting a dog and calling it a pet when he/she is religated to a fenced area without human companionship. Am I a little off the deep end with my pets. You betcha, it's not unusual to find 3 dogs, 2 cats, 1 kid and hubby and I crammed into a king size bed during a noisey thunderstorm.

Jacquie and Annabelle ( mama quit stealing the covers)
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