View Full Version : Great Danes in regards to jumping?
03-09-2007, 02:55 PM
I'm curious to know if anyone has seen / heard of a Great Dane jumping before? - I would like to see if mine will, yet at the same time I have yet to see one doing so. Thanks to anyone with advice in regards to this.
03-09-2007, 05:39 PM
Splash Dogs has never had a Dane compete, but we'd love to have you out there! We've had all kinds of breeds have fun dock jumping including a papillion, jack russells, german shephards, border collies, etc. No need to have a retriever to play at this sport!
03-11-2007, 02:06 PM
I remeber a few years ago seeing a Dane try to jump. He was a huge GD that did agility (I believe his name was Orion). I think he jumped a few times then decided that it was easier to just run down the ramp but he sure was cute. Good luck, would be great to see a GD jumping.
JJ and crew
03-11-2007, 08:35 PM
You would think that they could jump with those long legs but in all the competitions I have been to I have never seen one jump.
I have had a few come into the kennel for OB training and have found them to be quiet different from labradors.
03-11-2007, 10:26 PM
Well, I've been looking for a Great Dane puppy, and during my search I remember seeing that someone had a dock diving Great Dane! I couldn't tell you where, but I just wanted to let you know that there is one out there!
Plus, when I do get my pup sometime in the future, I plan on giving dock diving a go with her!
03-12-2007, 05:18 AM
I was just at an event in Harrisburg, PA and a Great Dane jumped! It took MANY tries, but she finally did it! It was somethin' to see and a HUGE splash! 8)
03-12-2007, 07:04 AM
The one thing I love about this sport is that there is absolutely no breed discrimination. We have had all breeds/mixes jump off our dock. One of our favs to watch is a mixed mutt. He doesn't fly high or far but his spunk is above and beyond all others I have seen. If you think you and your dog will love ith then come on and jump! Just make sure y'all are having fun doing it!
03-12-2007, 10:40 AM
When we went to a DD event in Wheeling WV, there was a Great Dane (Boston) named Charm that jumped. She did quite well but always took three running starts before jumping. As you know "'Third times a Charm!" I think she was averaging around 13-16'.
03-12-2007, 11:06 AM
Charm is a great dog!! I have watched her jump 15+ at events!!
Terrri Mathias is a great handler and watching Charm on the dock has always been right up there with some of my favorite moments!
There is a Great Dane on the West Coast name Orion who was at WAGS 2005 and tried jumping. Orion is actually Charm's littermate! And if you've seen Charm--he's bigger than she is! :shock: He was very interested in going in the pool, but we had to get him out by having him go over the side he's so big! :wink: He was excited up going back up on the dock and in a hurry up the stairs when one of his paws slipped between the stairs. It spooked him and he lost interest for the rest of that day. I don't know if he's been trying or still interested in the sport or not.
Here's two pictures of Orion thinking about going off the dock and then standing by the edge of the pool.
03-12-2007, 05:05 PM
Yup... that's who it was at Harrisburg... Charm! :lol: What a beautiful dog! She jumped in the 16' range this weekend, I believe!
03-12-2007, 05:48 PM
I've seen Charm jump, and it was the cutest thing. This little girl was handling her and I'm pretty sure she was shorter than Charm but she did an awesome job---it was so adorable!!!
03-13-2007, 02:09 PM
Certainly any breed of dog could do this sport, even w/out having any similarities to a lab. You just need to expose them positively to the elements. I've seen a great danes do flyball, agility, lure coursing, high jumping so why not dock jumping :D
03-14-2007, 11:09 AM
This is Terri Mathias with Charm. First, thanks to all for supporting a Great Dane, a "non-traditional dog" in this sport. No one ever said to me "why are you jumping a Dane and why don't you get a "water dog". I guess I love the challenge and she keeps me humble since it's a roll of the dice when we get up on the dock. She jumps if and when she wants. I never know but you can tell in her eyes if you are watching her run down the dock as a veteran spectator.
When Charm was three months of age, I decided to check out a new dog pool that was built in my area. In my mind I was going to splash her toenails and come home, never to go again. I was truly mistaken. After three times up and back in the pool with a safety vest on attached to 2 long lines, she was swimming, jumping and playing in the water. And 5 years later she has her Senior Jumper (SJ) Title at the National Level and holds the Great Dane World record with her personal best jump of 18 feet. (And I realize there are only a couple (if that) Danes dock diving. She has several legs at the Regional Level. She doesn't have a title at the Regional Level yet, since our Regional competing recently began and she has had many handlers on the dock with her since she doesn't always jump with me. But this seems to be cyclical. She'll jump for me again. She does this every year.
We were recently featured in the AKC Gazette (January 2007) under Great Danes (of course) recognized by Paddy Magnesun (writer ot the GD article) speaking about Danes and how breeding has gone back to versatility and we just have to give our breeds an opportunity and a chance at anything. And that is my 15 minutes of fame!!!
So, thanks to everyone who cheers, handles, gives us good wishes and high fives at competitions!!!
Being new to this list, where would I find events for SplashDogs? Thank you.
Terri and Charmi SJ
03-14-2007, 12:24 PM
Upcoming events are listed on the home page. Several throughout the US this year. We were in Ohio last week-end. North Carolina this week-end
Hope to see you soon
"The Voice of Splashdogs" :wink:
03-15-2007, 11:32 AM
Charm is still my favorite Great Dane! Loved watching her in Wheeling. Beth and I were there with Morgan (Belgian Malinois) and making fools of ourselves yelling for everyone. Well, it was my first trip without the family! Anyway, I had a great time and between Charm and Tallulah ( a pint sized mix jumping 18') who says you need a traditional dog. I like the unusual and it makes it more interesting.
03-21-2007, 04:10 PM
03-21-2007, 11:20 PM
Bay Area Diving Dogs had a Great Dane visit us to check out our practice two weeks ago in Redwood Shores. We hope that they come out and join us in jumping sometime soon!
While not quite as rare as a GD, Naika is a working German Shepherd Dog who did her first Splash Dogs event in January at San Mateo. She is quite enthusiastic about diving - in fact, quite out of her mind about it!
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