Welcome to PotomacRun. We have been breeding Golden Retrievers since 1995 and Great Danes since 2003. We select AKC Champions to sire our puppies. The breeding pair is selected for their temperament, health and beauty. Our adult dogs are cleared for heart abnormalities, hip and elbow dysplasia, and genetic vision defects.

Is Now the Right Time?

An exuberant puppy can be a wonderful addition to your family and as you decide whether or not to make that commitment you should be aware of important considerations. Purchasing a puppy is a commitment for the dog's lifetime. Your new puppy will need to be fed and exercised every day and groomed regularly. By instinct, a dog is a pack animal needing affection and companionship. Your family will be its pack and must be willing to provide it the time and attention it requires.

Like human babies, a puppy requires a series of vaccinations that begin while with the breeder and continues for several months after the puppy goes home. Annual boosters are also required as is spay/neutering. Veterinary care will also be your responsibility should your dog become injured or suffer ill health.

Golden Retrievers are among the most popular dogs worldwide. They are known for their wonderful temperament and devotion to their human family. They adore children and will not retaliate, despite provocation. Their intelligence makes them easy to train and their kind, gentle nature allows them to mix well with other family pets.

Not only does the Golden Retriever make a superb companion, its combination of intelligence and gentle nature make it an excellent choice as a guide dog for the blind, hearing dog for the deaf and therapy dog. Golden Retrievers are also used as "sniffer dogs", detecting drugs, arms and explosives.

A Golden Retriever is a medium-sized, lively dog requiring regular exercise and grooming. Their AKC stands are as follows: Females should be 21 1/2 - 22 1/2 inches at the shoulders and weigh up to 65 pounds. A Golden male is 23 - 24 inches at the shoulder and weighs up to 75 pounds. Goldens should be brushed every few days, and every day while shedding in the spring, to remove loose hair and prevent mats from forming. Depending on personal preference, Goldens may need minimal trimming of the ears, neck, feet and tail. Most Goldens adore water, so be prepared to rinse your dog's coat after a swim in a muddy stream or salt water.

The "Apollo of Dog" can be traced back to ancient times. Ancestors to the modern Great Dane date back to the ancient civilizations of Assyrians, Egypt, ancient Greece and Rome. The original dogs were called "Bullenbeisser" and were similar in type to the Mastiff. The modern Mastiff was developed in England but the Bullenbeisser was of Germanic origins. Bullenbeissers were massive and courageous and used as war and guard dogs. The development of the modern pure-bred Great Dane began in the middle of the 19th century as breeders worked to turn the highly aggressive dog into the gentle giant it is today.

Though regal in appearance, combing strength and dignity, the size of the Great Dane should not be taken lightly. The females should not be less than 28 inches at the shoulders and the male should not be less than 30 inches. Bigger is generally better in the show ring so breeders are producing bigger and bigger dogs. The appropriate weight of a Great Dane depends on its size and sex with males being more massive throughout and of heavier bone than the females. A healthy Great Dane will weigh between 100 and 180 pounds.

Great Dane puppies, like all puppies, require a lot of attention and financial responsibility on the part of their owner. Well-socialized dogs begin with the owner taking time to introduce their new puppy to a variety of things early in their development and by teaching them their place in the the pack, i.e. your family. Dane puppies grow fast and in one years time, a Great Dane puppy is likely to be over a 100 pounds. Good manners need to be reinforced early while the puppy is small and easy to manage.