My name is Ryder!

Great Dane/English Shepherd Mix Dog for adoption in Denver, Colorado - Ryder

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Ryder's Info...

I am already neutered, housetrained, and up to date with shots.

Ryder's Story...
Ryder is a MaxFund animal looking for a foster home until he finds a new home. Personal issues have made it impossible for his current owners to keep him. His current owner describes him as VERY trainable, smart and loving. He is EXTREMELY goofy (lots of entertainment value in this dog). He has a loud bark, so gives the appearance of being ferocious (but we know better). He loves people and kids, but can become too rambunctious and playful (since he really doesn't know just how large he is, it's better that he isn't in a home with smallish children who are easily knocked down, although he definitely doesn't do that on purpose!). He is afraid, and therefore aggressive, toward some breeds of dogs. He shouldn't be in a home with other animals (perhaps another dog, if he's been introduced). He has a shoe/foot fetish - nibbles relentlessly on revealed toes - abandoned shoes are in jeopardy, unless caught in the act and told to "drop it". He LOVES to swim!!! He's just an overall fun, playful, extremely large puppy.....anyone would be lucky to have him, if the right conditions exist in their home!

Here's an introduction to Ryder from his current trainer Jackie Sansbury…

“A client of mine is looking for a new home for her dog Ryder. Due to a change in her family situation and health, she can no longer care for him. Ryder is a 93lbs Mastiff/Great Dane/Greyhound? mix. He is about 1.5 years old and a big goofball. She got him from the Maxfund no-kill animal shelter last November. He's a total sweetheart with all people and children of all ages. He is in fact very huggable even if he is rather clumsy and whips you with his tail when he's very happy. He doesn't drool at all, unlike other dogs of his stature. He is very comical and will have you in stitches all the time with his antics.
However, he does have a problem with other dogs.....he's very scared of them. He has never injured another dog, but will bite at anything around him when loose dogs run up to him....he pretty much panics. He has had two occasions where he bruised the person holding the leash in that situation. He actually has a very soft mouth. I have been working with him on this issue in Wash Park and he has made great progress, but still needs more work. I have him wear a basket muzzle when we work around other dogs.
Rather than returning him to the shelter where he will be surrounded by other dogs, we are looking for a new home or foster home. I will provide a free behavioral lesson to whomever adopts or fosters him, in full cooperation with the Maxfund.
For more information please call me at (303) 255-3713. Please forward this around. Thanks so much for your help.
Affection & Praise Family Dog Training, Inc.”

If you know someone or you think that your home might fit, please contact Jackie at the information above or call me (Anne) at 720-238-5824, or email Anne at

Facts about Ryder

  • Breed: Great Dane/English Shepherd Mix
  • Color: Brown/Chocolate - With Black
  • Age: Young
  • Size: X-Large 101 lbs (46 kg) or more
  • Sex: Male

Other Pets at MaxFund No-Kill Animal Shelter

Why Adoption is a Great Option

Ryder, a Denver Great Dane/English Shepherd dog was adopted! Here's how you can benefit by looking at adoption as an option to buying a Great Dane/English Shepherd for sale in Denver, or seeking a Great Dane/English Shepherd dog from a breeder in Denver.

  1. Rescues and shelter volunteers in Denver already know the personality and tendencies of their pets. This means they can match you with the right pet. That will makes it much easier transition to owning a pet for yourself and your new pet.
  2. On average adoption fees are much less than you'd pay a Denver breeder, or pet store. Plus most often rescue pets have already been to the veterinarian for a check-up, had a round of vaccinations, and are spayed or neutered. That is a lot of savings!
  3. You will become a hero, and give a needy dog or cat a loving home. In fact, there are even Great Dane/English Shepherd breeders who help with Great Dane/English Shepherd rescue. One puppy or kitten adopted in Denver paves the way for another one to be saved.