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We live on the west coast of Canada and are having difficulty finding a quality Great Dane breeder, we're thinking of expanding our search into the U.S and found this website. I realize that this is a broker of sorts but wondering if anyone has had any previous experience with them?

http://www.vancouverpuppiesforsale.com/
 

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Quality breeders do not deal with brokers. Just sayin'.
 

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no, no no!!! Those people have websites with every place on them! I am serious, google any state or province or city, and you will find the same basic website, crazy prices and who knows where the pups come from. Also any breed you search as well, it will take 5 min, you will see the same thing over and over. When I was researching dogs for our family I saw these so many times. I would look elsewhere, ask anyone you see with a Dane, I am sure there would be a good breeder in Seattle or somewhere close if not in Vancouver area. I know people on this forum hate using online classifieds, but you just might find someone advertising there who isn't a huge breeder, but if you background check, they may be safe. Especially with a Great Dane, I would think finding a good breeder is very important so you get a healthy dog. good luck on your search, please don't order over the internet
 

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You will not find a quality dog from a broker. Gally's suggestion of the Great Dane Club of Canada is a great one. I also suggest a Great Dane specific Forum, I know there is at least one.
 

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There are five BC dane show breeders listed here (and seven Alberta ones here). I'd contact them and ask about their policies; they may be able to refer you to others as well.
 

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I agree with Keechak. They don't show; none of their dogs have a CH title. I don't think that showing is the be all and end all for every breed -- if you have a working breed and can title them in other ways to prove they're structurally sound and/or have correct temperaments, that's sufficient -- but with danes, that's the best way to make sure you're adhering to the standard.

It also looks like almost all of their breeding is done in-house (using their own danes, no outside blood), which is bad because it can lead to kennel blindness (thinking your lines are perfect and there's no need to improve them by bringing in others). They seem to breed many litters per year, which is another red flag (the best breeders I know do one or two litters). With danes, the expense of breeding is so high that I'm wondering if they really cut corners to get that many pups per year.

They don't health test, which is a HUGE problem considering that danes aren't the healthiest or longest-lived breed around (even a good breeder I personally know just had a well-bred dane drop dead at age two).

They brag about breeding for "enormous stature," which is dangerous in a breed like this that already lives a short life due to size.

Finally, they guarantee their danes' health for 30 months, but:

The health of the above referenced dog is
warranted against genetic diseases which by determination of a competent
veterinarian would lead to the euthanization of the said dog before 30 months
of age.
Only if the dog is euthanized before 30 months of age? That's not much of a guarantee.
 

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I agree with Keechak. They don't show; none of their dogs have a CH title. I don't think that showing is the be all and end all for every breed -- if you have a working breed and can title them in other ways to prove they're structurally sound and/or have correct temperaments, that's sufficient -- but with danes, that's the best way to make sure you're adhering to the standard.

It also looks like almost all of their breeding is done in-house (using their own danes, no outside blood), which is bad because it can lead to kennel blindness (thinking your lines are perfect and there's no need to improve them by bringing in others). They seem to breed many litters per year, which is another red flag (the best breeders I know do one or two litters). With danes, the expense of breeding is so high that I'm wondering if they really cut corners to get that many pups per year.

They don't health test, which is a HUGE problem considering that danes aren't the healthiest or longest-lived breed around (even a good breeder I personally know just had a well-bred dane drop dead at age two).

They brag about breeding for "enormous stature," which is dangerous in a breed like this that already lives a short life due to size.

Finally, they guarantee their danes' health for 30 months, but:



Only if the dog is euthanized before 30 months of age? That's not much of a guarantee.
No health testing, dogs not proven in anything frequently breeds merle to merle (harl to harl)
Ok thanks.

I never looked into them much, because I wasn't looking for a dane. They do have nice looking dogs though, and I prefer euro lines to the taller lanky looking american lines.
 

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No health testing, dogs not proven in anything, frequently breeds merle to merle (harl to harl)
Ew, that last one alone would make me run even if they did show and health test. Just too much potential for bad problems.
 
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