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Question by Kelly Rijkse
Submitted on 2/16/2004
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I have just started looking into getting a Great Dane, and was wondering if there is a difference between male and female and there temperment and is there a difference with how they are with children? I have a 16 month old son who has been around big dogs since he was born and a cat as well, he does very well with them.  

Answer by Mimi
Submitted on 7/14/2004
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Since you have a baby, I would suggest a female, because they are more motherly and tolerant. They also tend to be more protective then the males, as odd as that may sound. Good luck!


Answer by great_danes
Submitted on 4/27/2006
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Males bond more with people, while females are more independent.


Answer by No Name
Submitted on 5/18/2006
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This should be done with caution as even when they are raised around them they still mouth the children and a 115 pound puppy )that is not done growing can hurt a child that young. I have a 2 1/2 year old and a great Dane thats 11 months old. She has hurt him many times accidentally. She has been spayed and obedience trained and she gets very jealous of my son. They are very strong dogs and very willful. I would at least look into other dog breeds. Also if you love shoes keep them locked up tight they can destroy a pair in a matter of seconds trained or not. Also a great Dane can kill or hurt small animals in seconds as well (cats) even if they have been around them a long time. they do not know their size and strength. No one tells you these negative things only the good things. I wish someone would have told me both sides.


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