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Great Danes and Kids: Partners in Crime

Best Dog Breed for Kids

What's the best dog breed for kids? I’m a dog lover, and I’ve known many, many dog breeds on a first name basis. Like most canine aficionados, I have my favorite breeds. Ranking right up there as numero uno on my list is the Great Dane – hands down. I became partial to the Dane after owning my first one years ago. After more experience with these giants, I’ve become an even bigger fan, especially after adding nine grandchildren to my family. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a breed that loves kids as much as a typical Great Dane does! Great Danes and kids go together like peanut butter and jelly. Their loving ways, patience with kids, and gentleness are just some of the reasons why I fully believe that this is the best dog breed you could ever own for companionship. That's especially true if you have children in your household.

I think one reason Danes love kids is because they taste good. No, I don’t mean to imply that the dogs eat the kids! I mean that children are usually pretty messy, and their hands and faces are often sticky with the remains of candy, chocolate, peanut butter and jelly, or other bits of recent snacks and meals. The big dogs love “cleaning up” the kids. Heck, you may never have to bathe the tikes again with a Dane or two around! Unless, of course, you find doggie slobber to be offensive.

I have two neutered male Danes, and they adore my nine grandchildren. It’s amusing to watch them “team up” with the children. For example, when one of my grandsons, Tristan, was two years old, he was fascinated with the stash of DVDs and VHS tapes I keep in the cabinet under the television. One day as he was rifling through the movies, I stood watching him from the hallway where he couldn’t see me. Hamlet, my fawn Dane, was standing behind Tristan, with his big head hung over the boy’s shoulder. Tristan would pick up a movie and hand it to Hamlet. Hammie would take the item to the corner of the living room, drop it, and return for another. This went on for several minutes, and Hamlet had acquired a nice pile of DVDs and tapes before my uncontrollable laughter interrupted the mischief of the partners in crime.

Hamlet and my other Dane, Grendel, are always ready to help the kids out with cleaning their plates, too. The kids learned that if they didn’t want to eat some particular food on their plate, they could sneak it under the table to a waiting canine mouth. Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, peas, carrots – anything the kids don’t want, the dogs will get rid of quickly by consuming the evidence. The Danes are always careful about eating from the hands of their tiny humans, even when the kids share their Skittles with them.

The furkids are great at entertaining the human kids. One of my granddaughters, Lexi, loves leading the dogs around. Sometimes the kids ride the dogs. Another favorite pastime with the group is “Dane skiing.” The kids grab Hamlet’s tail, and he pulls them around in their sock feet across the hard wood floors. When I saw this for the first time, I scolded the kids and made them stop. Affter all, I didn't want poor ole Hammie to have a broken or disjointed tail. The kids stopped, but the dog wanted to continue the game. He'd back his tail against the kids, trying to get them to grab it for another skiing session. I should note that Grendel doesn’t particularly like this game.

The dogs are also very protective of their little charges. They follow them around constantly when the kids visit, as if it’s their personal responsibility to make sure no harm comes to the children. One day Lexi had misbehaved, and her mom, Shannon, was fussing at her. Hamlet suddenly became very interested in the conversation and stood right by the little girl. When Shannon attempted to pop Lexi’s backside, Hamlet gently took Shannon’s offending arm in his great jaws and led her away from his girl. He didn’t hurt or threaten Shannon, but he sure didn’t want anyone hurting one of his kids!

When the kids are here, my husband and I play second fiddle. The dogs had much rather spend time with the little ones than with us. And of course, we never have to worry about the dogs’ jumping on the kids because they tower over the kids! The kids have also discovered that Hamlet and Grendel make great chairs for viewing their favorite cartoons. Not only are these living “perches” comfy, they’re also nice and warm.

This article has no ulterior motive. I don't have any Great Danes puppies for sale. As I’ve stated already, both my dogs are incapable of breeding. Actually, I don’t even know any Great Dane breeders personally! From my vast experience with a multitude of canines, however, I've found that this is the best dog breed for almost anyone who wants to add a furkid to the family. I just want everyone to share the wonderful, humorous experience of owning one of these gentle giants and to understand the magic of Great Danes and kids!

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Great Danes and kids love each other!

Great Danes and kids love each other!

Great Danes and kids - natural pals.

Great Danes and kids - natural pals.

The dynamic duo: Partners in crime.

The dynamic duo: Partners in crime.


Nadeema on August 05, 2013:

hey there! checked out your wsbeite and am very interested in your assistance. We have a year old lab X greyhound (so we found out afterwards!) and all in all he is an amazing dog, we got him at 8 weeks and he has been around our daughter who had just turned 3 and is amazing with her she lays on him..pushes him is kind of in an aggressive stage right now and we try really hard to stress to her NOT to be like that lol but anyways he has never growled, snapped, bit or snarled at her..or anyone for that matter.. he is a very loving and affectionate, licky/kissy dog.however, we have a baby on the way, and my husband was just called into the military and will be going away for quite a while. Bentley(dog) seems to listen to my husband more than me they are BFFS. And Bentley has and always has had an issue with jumping up, and pawing at people lol not aggressively but its still super frustrating, and we are concerned with the baby on the way and such and just want to get him under control while hes still young.Let me know what you think and We'd love to meet!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on August 01, 2011:

Hi, Lisa! Wonderful to "meet" another Great Dane lover!

Lisa on June 01, 2011:

Love your story about your danes! I have had several danes over the years & they all have been very wonderful loving members of the family. And yes the most hilarious breed I think I've ever been around! I'm a huge great dane lover & am sure they will forever be a part of my life. Thanks for sharing!

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Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on April 13, 2010:

Funny, pinky! Or should that be blue-ey??

pinkylee on April 11, 2010:

not sure how i would get him here though lol ... but whenever we get into a house a year from now hopefully then i am planning on gettin me a dane ... i feel like that blueberry girl in the wonka movie lmao

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on April 11, 2010:

Pinky, I'm so excited that you're considering a Great Dane! You should get one of Hamlet's brothers or sisters next time there's a litter. The owner sells them pretty cheap!

pinkylee on April 11, 2010:

before I moved to arizona i was working in a daycare where i became good friends with one of my kids parents, they had a great dane named tiny. he was a beautiful dog and sweet as he could be but very protective of the one year old for sure. i cant wait til i can get a dane of my very own. thanks for sharing the laughs and memories

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on March 24, 2010:

I have more hubs about the Danes, Odyssey! And more pics of mine! Glad you're interested in the breed, and thanks for reading!

My Odyssey from Somerset, Kentucky on March 24, 2010:

Great Hub! I am very interested in reading more stories and information about your Great Danes! I have been ranting on and on to my Husband about how when we move is when we begin the search fo a Great Dane. Your stories are so heart-warming, touching and so gosh darn cute! I hope you keep on writing about you lovely giants!!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on January 10, 2010:

They are the best dogs in the world! I don't know what I'll do when Hammie dies. I have never loved a dog this much. Sorry about Samantha.

Jerilee Wei from United States on January 10, 2010:

Great Danes are the best dogs I've ever had. RIP Queen Samantha of the Chesapeake. She was very similar in looks to your Hamlet. She's been gone for about 7 years and we still miss her.

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on January 10, 2010:

Thanks, Larry! I do feel lucky!!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on October 14, 2009:

Thanks so much, Paradise!

Paradise7 from Upstate New York on October 14, 2009:

This was a terrific hub. I love your dogs, and the kids do too!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on October 11, 2009:

Thanks, FF! You'd take him, huh? You'd probably send him back!Nah...he was prety bad when he was two, but he's pretty good now!

Alfreta Sailor from Southern California on October 11, 2009:

This is a cute hub. I must admit, I am not a dog enthusiast, however I love reading stories about them, (aw heck I love reading anything). When my kids were young, we had dogs, and every other kind of living creature that kids thought they wanted, so I do understand the interaction between kids and animals. By the way what a cute kid, now I'll take him, (smile).

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on October 11, 2009:

Thanks, Ethel, They really are great!

Ethel Smith from Kingston-Upon-Hull on October 11, 2009:

Sucjh lovely gentle giants, the dogs I mean :)

Hello, hello, from London, UK on October 11, 2009:

That is a really interest article. I don't think I saw more than one or two Great Danes in all my life. They do look lovable and loving. Thank you for sharing.

Larry Ivey from South Florida on October 11, 2009:

I really enjoy animal stories. And, this is one of the best I've read. You have been blessed with the love of two fine dogs.

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on October 10, 2009:

Hi, Waren. I think I'd give just about anything to have a video of the episode!

Waren E from HAS LEFT THE BUILDING............ on October 10, 2009:

LoL LOL.. the part about the dvd pile was hilarious,I never heard anything like it before!:)

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