Sometimes when we mention that we are raising a Great Dane and  Golden Retriever, people immediately assume, “Oh, so you’ve got one smart dog and one not-so-smart dog.”  But really, it is much more complicated than that.  They both know basically the same commands: sit, down, stay, etc.  There is not really any “tricks” difference between them so far.  But, the pups definitely have personality differences.

For example, take their sense of curiosity.  Sometimes Link definitely stays interested in things longer than Eve.  New toys/people/dogs typically interest Eve for a few seconds and then she moves on.  Link, however, lingers with new things for awhile, soaking them up.

On the other hand, Eve is much bolder than Link.  She is the first to race to something, the first to bark at a strange noise, the first to poke her head somewhere new to see what is inside.  Eve just follows her instincts immediately…Link slowly catches up, then stays a little longer.


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7 responses

  1. BARK! Nice to meetcha! How fun, growing up together. You have to meet Waldo & Gus. They are a dane and retreiver too. They compliment each other( Watch those big paws, they will getcha!
    BARK! Sasha the Princess

    July 13, 2010 at 11:34 pm

  2. Wow, thanks for the information. We just visited and it looks like we have a lot to learn from Waldo & Gus. 🙂



    July 14, 2010 at 12:00 am

  3. Aww pretty soon Eve’s head won’t be able to fit through those rails!

    July 14, 2010 at 6:33 pm

  4. AC

    Link’s ears are what I aspire to be. Look at them.

    July 14, 2010 at 11:02 pm

  5. O us danes are very smart, right up there with those fluffy retrievers! hehe I(lexi) can push a pedestrian crossing button – that’s pretty smart!

    Licks and lots of slobber,
    Lexi and Jasper the Danes

    July 15, 2010 at 7:52 am

  6. A pedestrian crossing button? Very impressive.

    I wonder how long it took you to learn that? Perhaps you can give Eve some lessons.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:27 pm

  7. Kasha the Dainty Great Dane

    Pretty soon their heads are not going to fit through that railing. Oh us Danes are very smart don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. I’m 8 years old and I’m still learning things…mom is into this clicker training and I really respond well to it. Now she’s trying to get me to file my own front nails….I know silly hooman. I let her cut my nails with the nail clipper with no problem but she just likes to try things to see if I will do them. She will post some video when she gets around to it. Ha Roo!

    AARF Kasha the Dainty Great Dane

    August 15, 2010 at 1:06 pm

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