Adopted – May 3, 2021
“Q” comes to us via a long and winding road. Born June 2020, he is just 10 months young. He is approximately 37” and weighed 116 lbs at the time of his intake.
As many of us know, owning a Great Dane requires a big commitment. Everything is bigger, and it takes a dedicated family to nurture them from puppy to adult. Sometimes, well-meaning people realize that the commitment is just too big, and that a giant breed dog is just too much. We think that this primarily is what has happened to Q.
Q is a typical teenager Dane with a couple of twists. He is loyal, energetic, goofy, and ready to play any time of the day. He loves to go for long walks, and leads fairly consistently with just a standard nylon collar. He is not shy, and willingly greats new people. With Q’s mostly unknown past, we are taking things slowly, day by day.
His favorite game is fetch. A ball, a random stick, a toy, anything will do. He learns very quickly, and shows patience, and understands calm, definitive, and assertive communication well. It’s unclear what he had been taught previously, so we are restarting him with the basics. Sit, stay and down are all going well, and we are adding stop, give, and no gradually. Jumping up, and mouthing are challenges that were left uncorrected previously. As a very large dog now, we are actively discouraging these actions and he seems to be slowly learning more appropriate boundaries.
Training, and life in general with Q requires extra understanding, patience, and commitment as he is unfortunately fully deaf. Q is a double merle. He has a genetic abnormality that severely reduces the amount of pigmentation in the hair… it’s why he is almost fully white. This genome affects the inner ear causing deafness. The same abnormality also can cause blindness but we are happy to report that Q seems to have good vision. For a thorough explanation of Qs condition, please check out https://www.whitekissesgreatdanerescue.com/double-merle… .
Being deaf for Q is not a disability. Never having known hearing, he knows no difference. To interact with his humans, he relies on hand signals, body language, and a keen sense of smell and touch to communicate. He is being taught starting with basic hand signals, and might benefit with the use of a vibration collar at a later date. As he lacks hearing, off-lead training must be done in a controlled environment and public off-lead outdoor parks are not recommended. With time and consistency, basic sign language can be taught, and we have already introduced him to his name.
It should be noted that deaf does not mean mute. Q does bark, and howl, and use his “big-boy” voice to communicate frustration or excitement, or to remind his humans that he has been left alone, or occasionally to warn of the impending squirrel invasion. Q also barks at ghosts. He will randomly wake up and bark as if there is an intruder, or that the FedEx man is at the front door. Possibly dream related, or potentially phantom sounds, it is as random as it is mysterious.
Through the day, Q will peacefully lounge on his mat, or on a couch, and will ask to go outside when needed. He is learning the way of the couch potato Great Danes are world renowned for. He loves his chew toys, and will enthusiastically engage with a large Kong or toy tire. Light duty toys are, at best, sacrificial, and he will shred tennis balls in short order. As a young dog, learning his way, he will test his owner and steal paper products to shred.
Q is really enthusiastic about playing with other dogs. He would do best in a home with another similarly minded larger breed dog.
With a giant breed dog, that has not yet learned his size, strength, and appropriate boundaries, it would be recommended that Q not go to a home with small children.
So if you’re asking yourself why his name is Q, it’s because the letter Q is easy in sign language 🙂
Q is neutered, UTD with Rabies and DA2PPV vaccines, 4Dx tested (heart worm & Lyme) –  negative.
Name: Q
Age: 10 months
Size: Large
Colour: Double merle
Gender: Male
Caveats: Deaf