Breeders’ Portrait “vom Betterayshof”

Kennel Name: vom Betterayshof


Anna-Lena Linßen
Betteraysstraße 7
47589 Uedem



Since when do you breed Great Danes?

How many litters have you raised in the last 3 years? 

Have you ever had a double merle mating? If yes, when did you last?

Have you ever made a mating with a COI over 6.25% (for 6 generations) and if so when last? 

How many litters with how many puppies have been born in your kennel so far?

Where are the puppies born and how do they grow up? What do you do for socialization and imprinting the puppies?
They are born in a room next to our living room, where they grow up until they are 5 weeks old, and then they move to a room in the back house with an outside playgorund. They are habituated to everyday noises and situations, get to know the other animals at our farm etc.

How many Great Danes do you currently own? (Please with full name and date of birth of the dogs)
Elderberry´s X-Calibur, 26.11.2014
Asley, 24.09.2016
Pretty in Black van Jewel´s Blue, 18.11.2017
Alva vom Betterayshof, 07.10.2018

Do you own or breed other breeds of dogs?

How are your dogs kept? 
in the house

How do you exercize your Great Danes mentally and physically?
long walks, they accompany us in the every day life on our farm, as puppies and youngsters we take them to play groups with other dogs

What do you do with young dogs that are not suitable for breeding and old breeding dogs who are retired? 
Will they stay with you or will they be given away? 

seniors stay with us, as well as dogs not suitable for breeding, unless there are cases of incompatability in our pack of dogs, then I would maybe find a new home for a young dog not suitable for breeding

How important are exhibitions / championship titles to you?
Not important for my breeding decisions

What is your opinion about inbreeding?
Should be avoided as much as possible

What is your opinion about cropping?
For me it is clearly animal torture, which is why I would never sell a puppy to a country, or to a person where it is supposed to be cropped

What do you think about double-merle matings?
Since one consciously risks to produce disabled puppies I am absolutely against it

What is your opinion about color matings?
They can make sense and I wished there were more possibilities for this inside the DDC

How important is honesty and transparency in breeding for you?
Very important, as the health of great danes can only be improved by honesty and transparency of both breeders and dog owners

How do you assess the current situation of a Great Dane respective Health, Temperament and Standard? 
Unfortunately not as good as I wished. An average age of not even 7 years and hypertypes cannot be our goal.

How would you like to improve health and life expectancy of the Great Dane with your breeding program?
By transparency, old ancestors in the pedigrees, little inbreeding, regular health testing like heart ultrasound and correct anatomy

How do you keep contact with your puppy buyers?
social media, whatsapp, telephone, puppy meetings

What is your vision for the Great Dane in the future? What would be your wish?
Dogs close to the standard without any extremes, as well as an improved health and as a result raise of life expectancy. More transparency within the breed club and more honesty amongst breeders