Hi! I am a new Great Dane owner, had my Pup for 2 days now. You'll need some background to understand my concerns, and "diagnose" if she has possible issues. I am very nervous that something is wrong, but keep finding postings that make me feel a little better. So I decided to join, and just state our case. "puppy" (no name yet) was born to a breeder, and the Mommy was bred back to back (an accident I was told). When they got home from work, they discovered she had puppies, and killed 7 out of 9 pups by laying on them! The concensus is that she was tired of being a Mommy. So, they found their way to a kennel that I frequent, they were being bottle fed, and I joined in on the fun. Needless to say I fell hopelessly in love with the little girl. I really think she picked me! She was fed Esbilac in a baby bottle 3 times a day, then at about 4.5 weeks was gradually switched to adult kibbles, soaked and blended. She just turned 6 weeks old now, and brother was sold 2 days ago. So, I have her home now. I mix the Esbilac with boiled water and soak the kibbles, still blend it a little, and do this about 3 times a day. So, here are my questions and concerns. She is the sweetest quietest, most layed back puppy I ever met! ( am experienced with all kinds of dogs, but not GD's). She sleeps most of the day, actually falls asleep while leaning on somebody's leg! She started out smarter and growing faster than her brother, but by the time they left eachother, he was walking WAY better and he was eating chunkier food earlier. She is still weak in the hind legs. She falls a lot, sometimes flops over the side, sometimes just kind of sit-falls in her poop or pee when she tries to go. Is this normal for such a young pup that wasn't fed by mom? Even if brother is better??????? Is it normal for her to be sleeping so much, and not really play a whole lot? She does enjoy some time with her new "big sister" Piper, who is a 2 yr old mix around 45 lbs. but it doesn't last long. She does wag her tail with people, and lets people and kids play with her, but it's almost like she is sleeping and they are doing whatever they want to with her! And she yelps when you try to pick her up right after she eats. (only for a second). And sometimes it seems it might hurt a little bit to poop, although it may be because of her legs???? She whines sometimes, but for the most part is very happy in her cage, or anywhere else, as long as she gets to sleep! Do you think I should even think of worrying about her hips at such a young and fragile age? Do I need to de-worm her immediately if she never was, and is just 6 weeks now, and shows no signs in her poop? Should she be falling over like she does? Should she be sensitive sometimes when you pick her up? I cannot make her very uncomfortable when I "check her out", it just seems to be a reaction. Any and all help is appreciated. I am not trying to replace my vet, she's going this coming week, but I am a very worried new Mommy!! Thanks. Oh, and I am also looking for names for a fawn female!