When you hear the words “Great Dane,” it would not be surprising if the first thought that pops into your head is their extreme size. As their most defining characteristic, most seem to take it as a sign of an aggressive attack dog, perfect for any family guardian. While they do make wonderful guardians and protectors, it does not come from an aggressive nature. On the contrary, they are very gentle and compassionate dogs, eager to please their family and protect should the opportunity arise. Do you need a guardian Dane in your life but don’t know where to start looking?Preferable Pups has got you covered with our list of the top breeders in your state.
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1. WildBlueDanes Illinois
If you’re looking for a European line blue Great Dane, then look no further than WildBlueDanes. They are passionate about the preservation of the European standard of the breed and carefully choose parents to bring out the best conformation, temperament, structure, balance, and health in each litter. Their clients wait long periods – sometimes years – for a puppy, but their previous families highly recommend adopting from WildBlueDanes.
The puppies are born and raised in the family home where they are cared for individually. When they are ready to go to a new home, they come with a spay/neuter agreement that ensures the pup has their procedure done when they reach 10 to 12 months. Since WildBlueDanes cares deeply about each of their dogs and puppies, they make a point to know their clients before purchase, so they are certain each little one goes off to a good home.
Chicago Danes and Bulldogs is a hobby breeder in the Barrington suburbs. Though their operation is small, they take great pride in furthering the breed one litter at a time out of love for Great Danes. Their dogs are seen as pets first and breeding dogs second, so raising them in a loving home environment is crucial.
Chicago Danes and Bulldogs produce an average of two litters a year. When the pups are born, they are raised among other dogs and children, ensuring a well-socialized puppy upon adoption. The puppies receive their age-appropriate shots and other necessary medical needs. When their new family comes to pick them up, they go home with a toy and blanket with their littermates’ scent and a starter food bag, promising a smooth transition into their forever home.
Limestone Farm Danes is a passionate breeder of Great Danes located just outside of Rockford, Illinois. They breed with a focus on health, conformation, and temperament, offering quality Danes with every litter. Each puppy is individually cared for by the Limestone Farm Danes family.
The pups are socialized with all ages of people during their upbringing. When they come of age for their vet visits, they receive at least one exam, fecal check, their first round of vaccinations, deworming, and are microchipped. The price for the males, as well as any spotted puppies, is $2,000, and the price for solid-colored females is $1,800. When the time comes to go to their new homes, they leave with a small bag of food and a blanket that smells like their mom and siblings. Their new owner goes home with their vet records, a 24-month health guarantee, and lifetime breeder support.
4. EIO Great Danes Illinois (No High-Quality Images)
Shirley and Ken Reinhold have been breeding Great Danes at EIO Danes since 1989. They are passionate about improving the breed they love with every litter, focusing on breeding great temperament, health, and structure. Though they are both deeply devoted to Great Danes, Shirley acts as a member and delegate of the Great Dane Club of America and is the president of the Great Dane Club of Greater St. Louis.
The puppies born at EIO Danes are raised in a loving environment with experienced breeders. They understand what every pup needs and give them individual attention. Their parents are all health tested before breeding, focusing on their hips, heart, thyroid, and eyes, ensuring a litter full of healthy, happy pups.
Dan Lee Wildermuth of Armor Amazingly Awesome Great Danes is a very dedicated breeder. He has a great love for animals and does all he can to ensure their health and betterment, especially the ones in his breeding program. He strives to learn as much as possible so that he can improve his program and the lives of his beloved puppies.
Wildermuth’s puppies are trained in many areas such as noise desensitization, crate training, car ride exposure, and much more. They are socialized with people, young and old, adult dogs, and other animals. The pups range from $1,500 to $3,500 with a $500 non-refundable deposit. Wildermuth posts his puppies on his gooddog.com page where you can see which ones are available and spoken for, so be sure to check in to get updated on his litters.
Woolf Spirit Danes take special care of the dogs and puppies that are involved in their program. Barbara Bush, the breeder of the program, formerly worked in animal rescue and saw that many of the dogs surrendered to the shelter system were poorly bred with health and behavioral issues. Wanting to do her part to resolve this, Bush began breeding Great Danes with an emphasis on health and temperament.
The puppies at Woolf Spirit Danes are treated to several forms of enrichment. When they are a few weeks old, they are introduced to “playsets” with stairs and tunnels, and they are exposed to music, getting them used to the noise. The puppies range from $2,500 to $3,500 with a $500 deposit. Each pup comes with a 2-years health guarantee for genetic issues, and if an adopted puppy ends up with a genetic ailment, Woolf Spirit Danes will replace it with a pup from a future litter, guaranteeing their buyers with a healthy pup no matter what.
It can be difficult to choose the right dog for your family, and the idea of a Great Dane can be intimidating to those not used to dogs that big. However, the breed didn’t get its nickname of the “gentle giant” for nothing. They truly are compassionate, loyal dogs at heart, and they can even harbor quite the goofy personality. If you are thinking about opening your heart to a Great Dane, consider checking out the above breeders. Each one is AKC registered, and they all guarantee puppies with a caring upbringing and great health. We know that careful consideration goes into choosing your new best friend, so we hope our list has made it a bit easier for you to start looking for a Great Dane to welcome into your home.
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