First thing: having a front yard and back yard is great, but it's NOT enough.
Google Cesar Milan and how to be a pack leader and you'll understand why - Great Danes, and all dogs, need to be taken on daily walks. This focuses the dog's mind, burns off energy, and makes him/her more willing to listen to you, as their pack leader/alpha.
If you do indeed get a Great Dane, it cannot be subjected to running around a yard when they need to go out.
Can you handle a large dog on a walk and maintain control that YOU are the pack leader, and therefore he/she heels to you, and doesn't pull the lead?
They do seem to be a pure joy.
My fiance's aunt and uncle have a Great Dane - and he's more fun around a laser light than any of the cats! He follows them, and even when he tires he doesn't stop. It's hilarious watching this big dog go tearing through the house following a little, tiny, red, dot.
They are quite a handful, though. I don't think I'd want to handle one myself, though. I had a bad first experience with a Great Dane, so it took me a while to get used to my fiance's aunt and uncle's Dane, and I'm still a little nervous around him.
Last edited by FlickeringHope; 09-26-2009 at 11:36 AM.