I had the wonderful fortune of growing up in a home with Great Danes. I can't think of a better way to learn the intricate details of the breed than to have grown up with them. It was then that I learned the calm, caring, gentle, and intelligent nature that is the Great Dane. Eventually, I was able to identify the characteristic conformation, habits, traits, nutritional requirements and other details associated with the breed. It is the ability to recognize these features that gives someone the ability to breed at the level and quality I have grown to expect. These are not things that a person easily recognizes when first introduced to a new breed. Rather, it is something that can only come with time, experience, and exposure to the breed.