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The "B" Word

An AKC Bred with H.E.A.R.T. Breeder

Raising anything, from plants to children, is an amazing responsibility. With a garden, you water it and feed it, spending a lot of time weeding and nurturing it. And it feeds You. With children, you nurture and teach them. You love them even through the "terrible twos" and the teenage years. You strive to do the best you can, and they grow up, move away. But they love you. Being a breeder should be the same.

The "B" Word

The word, "breeder", encompasses a variety of different types of people. Most are honest people who love their breed and, as with children, raise their adults and puppies ethically and responsibly, with their health and future always in mind.

Those of us who really are "breeders" are proud of our pups, our ethics, and our reputations. We strive to raise our pups with love and to the best of our ability.

To me, being a breeder is an unexplainable joy. The dogs are my children, which I know is cliché. To the pups, I am the human "mama". I sleep beside them, sit in the nursery while they sleep, and for 10 weeks, they come first. I am ecstatic when my pups get their new Moms and Dads, but I cry every time one leaves.

Great Dane in Dog Show

Second only for the love and care given to the pups, it is important to me to build a relationship with new Moms and Dads. I won't hound you or try to tell you how to raise your "child" (unless I find out you have put them on a chain or abused them). It is also important to me that the new "parent" know that I will be there for them from the day they take their puppy home to that call at 3 a.m. saying, "I'm at the vet with my 10-year old Dane who might not make it." You really do become a part of our family!

A breeder never quits learning. We are always striving to better our breed. Who doesn't want their best friend to live longer and be healthier? If you think you know it all, it's time to quit.

A breeder may ask for an application and I'm not putting that down. To me, an application is a piece of paper. My application is an actual conversation with the perspective parent. Believe me, you can tell a lot more about a person by talking to them than by reading a piece of paper or an email.

Please get your pup from a responsible breeder (there are a lot of good breeders out there) which you won't find on or any other "buy your puppy today" site. We think everyone in the world should know the love of a Dane.

Talk, call vets, ask lots of questions, visit if you are close enough. Don't meet them along the road to pick up your pup (Yes, I have had people tell me this is how they got their pup.).

I won't talk about all of the "B" word people out there who think a puppy is a product. All I will say is...

Does your breeder live for the breed or do they breed to live?

Susan Burbridge                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       BELOW IS THE EXCERPT FROM THE GREAT DANE CLUB OF AMERICA                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Great Dane Club of America Breeder's Code of Ethics                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      This Code is established in accordance with the objectives of the GDCA to protect and advance the interests of Great Danes and to provide guidelines for responsible ownership and ethical breeding practices.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ALL MEMBERS SHALL:                                                                                                                                                                                                                Maintain the best possible standards of health, cleanliness, safety and care of their dogs.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Take all appropriate measures to assist a Dane in distress.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Display good sportsmanship and conduct, whether at home, at shows, or in hotels, in such a manner as to reflect credit upon themselves and the GDCA.                                                                                                                                                                                                        Not alter the appearance, physical structure, condition, or natural temperament of a dog by any means other than allowed for in the Official Breed Standard if the dog is to be exhibited.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Bear the responsibility for the truth and accuracy of any information and/or photographs submitted for publication.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ALL BREEDERS AND OWNERS OF GREAT DANES (BITCHES AND STUD DOGS ALIKE) SHALL:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Breed Great Danes which are temperamentally and structurally sound.  Be familiar with the Breed Standard and breed only those dogs and bitches which most closely conform to it.                                                                                                                                            Keep well informed in the field of genetics and work to eliminate hereditary defects from the breed.                                                        Refrain from further use of a Great Dane for breeding if the dog or bitch has produced any offspring with serious inherited defects detrimental to an animal's well being (physically or mentally), and has produced like results with a different mating partner.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Not breed to an unregistered Great Dane.                                                                                                                                                                       Not wholesale litters of Great Danes, sell to Brokers or Pet Shops, provide any animal for prize or raffle purposes; nor use a Stud Dog in like manner.                                                                                                                                                                                                             Keep all puppies with the litter until at least 7 or 8 weeks of age.                                                                                                                             Adhere to State and Local laws regarding the sale of puppies.                                                                                                                                   Sell dogs in good condition, health and sound temperament at time of delivery. They shall be free of internal parasites to the best knowledge of the seller; will have received the necessary inoculations to date; a record of dates and types of immunizations will be given; and a health certificate provided if required. Written instructions on the feeding, health care, training and any other information necessary for the dog's well being (e.g. ear crop care) will be made available after the sale to assist the new owner.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Provide a four or more generation color marked pedigree and the AKC registration at the time of sale of each dog. Any dog sold as a pet and not for breeding should be given a limited registration or a written contract specifying conditions of sale (e.g. spay/neuter agreement, show or pet quality, co-ownership, breeding rights, etc).                                                                                                  Provide the buyer with copies of all pre-screenings done on both parents to assure the buyer that every possible effort has been made to produce puppies free of hereditary problems.                                                                                                                                           Sell or place each Great Dane with the contemplated final owner, therefore the seller should ascertain that the prospective buyer has the knowledge and facilities to properly care for a growing or grown dog. As a condition of sale or placement, the breeder shall retain the right of first refusal should the purchaser ever decide to transfer ownership or resell the dog, therefore giving the seller every opportunity to help the purchaser find a new home for the dog if necessary.                                                                  All dogs sold (puppy or adult) shall have a signed agreement between the seller and purchaser that the animal shall be examined by a Veterinarian of the purchaser's choice (and paid for by that party) within 72 hours of purchase or delivery. If the dog is deemed unhealthy or possessing an inherited defect which would impair the use for which it was purchased (pet, show or breeding program) the seller will refund the full purchase price upon the return of the dog with a Veterinarian certified documentation of the condition. The dog will be returned at the purchaser's expense.                                                                                          Use only the agreed upon Stud Dog at a breeding in the absence of the owner of the Bitch.  Provide and honor all contracts regarding sales, cop-ownerships, breeding rights, agreements, compensation for future puppies, leasing a bitch, stud service, etc.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                IT IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED THAT:                                                                                                                                                                              All dogs and bitches to be bred be x-rayed prior to breeding and declared free of hip dysplasia by a knowledgeable Veterinarian or the OFA. It is also encouraged that any and all technology available be used to screen all animals to be used for breeding, according to known problems within the breed (e.g. OFA, cardiac check, thyroid check, vWD, PRA, etc.).                                     A  written Stud Contract be used which specifies all conditions of the breeding and a color marked pedigree be provided by both parties.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     A stud dog should be a year or more of age before breeding and a bitch not less than 18 months.                                                               A bitch not be bred not more than once a year.                                                                                                                                                                    Both parties provide Veterinarian reports certifying that each animal is clear of any transmittable infections.  With the agreement of both the seller and the purchaser, any puppy sold as a show prospect which subsequently develops a disqualifying defect shall be:  replaced by the breeder with another show prospect puppy and the dog returned to the seller, OR  the money refunded and the dog returned to the seller, OR  the buyer's money refunded to the extent of the difference between the price paid and the price of the pet puppies sold from the same or similar litters if the buyer retains and spays or neuters the dog.                       Breeders adhere to the GDCA Breeders' Color Code.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Copyright © 2017-present, Great Dane Club of America,Inc. 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