Welcome to Viking Valley Great Danes We are planning 2 litters in spring 2014
Viking Valley Danes is committed to keeping the original quality of the Great Dane in our breeding program. We currently breed European Great Danes with amazing pedigrees. It is an honor to have these Beautiful Blues in our lives. They truly are a Blessing and our lives would be very boring if we did not have them entertaining and loving us like only a Dane can do!! Our Puppies are born and raised in our home. Your Pup will arrive to you pre spoiled , healthy, happy, and well socialized.
Dogs resembling the Great Dane have been seen on Egyptian monuments dating back to 3,000 B.C. According to Barbara Stein, "The breed originated in Germany, probably from a cross between the English mastiff and the Irish Wolfhound." In the early 1700's, a French naturalist, Compte de Buffon first saw these dogs while traveling in Denmark. He labeled this breed "le Grande Denois" or Great Dane. For some reason, the name stuck - although only in English. The earliest Danelike dogs were called Boar Hounds, for the prey they hunted, but by the 16th century they were known as English Dogges. Around 1680, when German noblemen were breeding great numbers of the dogs, the biggest and most handsome dogs were kept inside their homes. These dogs were called Kammerhunde, meaning Chamber Dogs. These pampered pets wore gilded collars trimmed with fringe and padded with velvet. Also known as the “Apollo of all dogs,” the Great Dane will surprise you with its gentle demeanor and sweet, affectionate personality.
Great with other animals, including cats, Great Danes also get along well with children, often taking the protective role toward human and animal friends alike. While the breed makes for a very watchful guard dog, it is not necessarily aggressive in nature. As with any other dog, some Great Danes try to establish dominance but this isn’t typical of the breed.
While it is always recommended that dogs have adequate space in which to live and play, it may be surprising to know that Great Danes adapt well to small spaces, despite their large size. They can live rather well in an apartment setting, but one must be diligent to take their Great Dane for regular exercise outside the home on a daily basis to ensure optimal health.
Like most dogs, the Great Dane loves to play — with balls, a Frisbee and squeaky toys. The dog breed is also known as a “leaner,” often leaning up against your leg as a sign of affection and security. It may be wise to note that as your Great Dane grows bigger, it will also become heavier, so children must be aware of the dog’s tendency to lean and be cautioned about this habit.
You know that you are a great Dane owner when:
*the sound of running water makes you jump up and yell, OUTSIDE!" *you tell your dog to sit, and he backs up until he finds a chair *it takes 3 people to get your dog on the scale at the vets *you walk your dog and everyone knows him by name, but you have no idea who these people are *you can carry on a conversation with a dog's muzzle firmly in your crotch *you own a dog capable of pulling someone from a porta potty *your dog can hide an entire tennis ball (among other things) fully inside his lips and give you that innocent look that says, "What? I'm not eating anything!" *you carry a tape measure with you when shopping for a new vehicle *you keep at least one color-coded "drool towel" in every room of your house *after banishing your husband, the snoring in your bedroom still keeps you awake *you are hiking with a friend who later suggests that you ought to have an environmental impact statement done on your dog *visitors enter the house holding their privates protectively *you toss your dog a ball and cringe when he almost hits his head on the top of the doorway *you take your dog for a ride and he rests his head on your arm, causing you to make random right turns *you have given up on water dishes and you just use the bathtub *your two dogs decide to play in the house, and they end up pulling the ceiling fan down -- for the second time *you have to move over when brushing your teeth because your dog wants a drink *you show a picture of your dogs and kids together, and the first person you point out is your dog *while stopped at a stop light, everyone stares as your car rocks back and forth because the dog is panting out the window *you go to vacuum your car and most of the fur is up there on the ceiling *you avoid the dogs on your way out the door, so they won't smear your makeup *you've learned to force a smile when asked "do you have a saddle for that thing?" *the monthly dog budget exceeds your home mortgage payment *your veterinarian has been able to put in a swimming pool, build a large home, buy jet skis and a personal plane *you have had to train your dog not to lick dishes, and the dishes are in the sink *the donuts you put on top of the refrigerator are gone when you get home and your dog has powdered sugar on his nose *your dog can see what you're cooking, and he tries to assist you in the preparation *you're holding him straddled between your legs when the doorbell rings, you take a short (but fast!) ride straight to the door *the pizza delivery people tell you to meet them at the end of the sidewalk *your dog stands in your lap and reaches over you to stick his head in the drive-through window at Mac Donald's and nearly gives the cashier a heart attack when she turns around to give you your change *you purchase a large screen TV and you still can't see the program when he stands in front of the television *after surgery, your bored pup decides to get up and cruise around the vet's office-- pulling the rolling IV stand behind him
Whoever Said money cant buy happiness forgot about puppy's.......Gene Hill