A Blue Great Dane is one of the most rare of any breed and is a highly sought after dog by Great Dane enthusiasts and they can be quite costly because of the rarity of the breed. The Blue Great Dane is born with short, blue-colored fur. This very large breed of dog was originally bred to be hunting dogs and eventually made their way to household pets. No matter what color of the Great Dane, the breed and characteristics are the same throughout. If you are considering a Blue Great Dane as your next pet, you may have already begun the research on the breed, but here are seven things you didn’t know about the Blue Great Dane.
1. The Gentle Giant
Despite the large size and intimidating appearance, this canine is often referred to as “The gentle giant,” and is generally a very easy going breed that seeks affection from its owners. However, this breed also has the ability to become aggressive if it isn’t properly socialized due to the fear it can develop for situations or people. It is important to start to socialize your Blue Great Dane early in puppyhood to help prevent the inept ability to interact with other pets, people or be in environments you plan to take him.
2. More expensive than other colors
This color of Great Dane is rare and is hard to come by, which will mean you will pay more to get hold of a Blue than any other color of Great Dane. Because they are rare, some breeders will require you pay a deposit on a puppy prior to the litter even being born, in the event that the litter throws a blue colored pup. It’s kind of like taking a gamble but some people good luck taking the chance.
3. They are leaners
This breed ha a funny quirk about them. They love to lean on their humans and that does not mean they lean on them for emotional support. It means, they physically lean on their human. You can expect that when you are standing next to your Blue Dane, he will want to lean on you to be close to you, and due to his large size, you may find that you are pushed or knocked off balance. This is just one of the breed’s quirky behaviors that most of them have.
4. Have a sixth sense
Whether you have heard it or not, that many breeds of dogs have a sixth sense, well, this is absolutely true for the Great Dane breed, which includes the Blue Danes. They have an exceptional ability to sense danger. However it is that it happens, you Blue Dane will be an excellent source of danger-spotting for you and your family. Like many breeds, your Blue Dane will bark when someone is coming to the door, however, he will go a step further and begin to growl ferociously at the stranger if he gets the sense that the stranger has ill-intent for you. It is his protective mode and many people get this breed for this purpose.
5. They grow very fast
This breed of dog is the fastest growing dog of any breed. In a matter of weeks, this breed will be very tall and because of this, how you feed your pup as it grows, is very important. You do not want to overfeed or underfeed your dog due to the risk of him becoming overweight and lethargic, especially if he is not receiving enough exercise. The best way to feed your Blue Dane is to set out 5-6 small meals a day and make sure he gets plenty of exercise, at least one long walk per day, and more if you can give it to him. They thrive on activity and need it in order to keep their energy levels in check and keep up with their fast-growing bodies.
6. Not indoor dogs
This is not a breed for indoor living, and as a-matter-of-fact, they will become severely depressed if they are kept indoors too long. They are a breed that needs to be outdoors to run and play as much ass possible. If they are indoors for too long of periods, they can lose their positive behavior and turn negative, which can cause destructive behavior and even aggression. If you have a Blue Dane indoors, you will want to be sure you get him outside multiple times a day, preferably 6-8 times, for at least 20 minutes at a time.
7. Prone to dental infections
It’s very important that you take good care of your Dane’s teeth every day. All dog’s require dental care, but Danes are more prone to dental infections if their teeth are not brushed daily. This means getting a doggie toothbrush and taking the time each day to brush them. Your Blue Dane may start to develop bad breath, tooth decay or gum disease, which can lead to other, serious health issues.