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Hello, I have been considering getting another dog (preferably a puppy from an excellent breeder) to add to my pack which currently consists of one senior GSP. I have been thinking a lot about Great Danes which I heard are good apartment dogs and are moderate energy dogs. My GSP is currently 13 so she requires not much more than a couple of 30-minute walks plus an off-leash romp in the evening just for those who are concerned about how much exercise my dog is getting...

My main concerns are about the Great Danes joints since when my GSP was younger she loved to go for long walks (2+ hours) and hikes which I would take her on frequently. Having a durable dog is very important to me hence why I'm open to suggestions in order to find the best breed for me.

My criteria for getting a dog is it must be calm inside, durable and able to hike/go on long walks, eager to please, be able to spend about 6 hours a day alone (I can/are willing to hire someone to take the dog out during the time I'm out of the house), and any size will do but I do not want a dog I can't groom by myself. Also, I can exercise the dog for between for a couple of hours a day (this can be walk or fetch.)
 

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Also, can a Great Dane's joints even take something like hiking? I've heard a lot of mixed opinions between owners/breeders.
 

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Your requirements sound like you want a 2-3 year old "mutt" of a sturdy medium size, maybe 40-60 lbs, with a short coat who is known to be OK with other dogs and chill inside.

Rescues who foster their dogs can probably hook you up.

I know you said good breeder dog in your post. I am not against that for people who it suits best. But you really seem to be outlining a description of a dog that is found in a well run shelter or rescue


As for Great Dane joints, even the best bred dog should not be exercised hard until the growth plates have fused at around 2 years of age.
 

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Do you prefer large breeds or small breeds ??? I already had a German shepherd, he was still a puppy and he was so nice on the other hand his father not at all !! his mother it's ok .... in short I also had a Yorkshire I played with him hide and seek (they are very playful) short but otherwise I do not really know what could suit you !! Ask a veterinarian ...
 
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