The Great Danebull is the affectionate, playful result of crossing the gentle Great Dane with the dedicated Pitbull. Among her best traits will be: alertness, friendliness with children, visitors and pets, as well as loving loyalty. An active individual or family that has plenty of time to include their pet as part of the group will be the best match for this dog, especially if they has a large home with a fenced yard. Fairly easy to train and low maintenance in regards to grooming, the only time consuming part of this hybrid is the high exercise requirements. Keep in mind the Great Danebull will be very large and probably will not be welcomed at many rental properties.
|Hybrid||7-12 yrs.||20-30 in.||60-100 lbs|
- Family Friendly
- Kid Friendly
- Pet Friendly
- Stranger Friendly
- Easy to Groom
- Energy Level
- Exercise Needs
- General Health
- Shedding Amount
- Barks / Howls
- Easy to Train
- Guard Dog
- Watch Dog
- Apartment Friendly
- Can Be Alone
- Good for Busy Owners
- Good for Novice Owners
Although the Great Dane has hunting history and the Pitbull, sadly, fighting history, the Great Danebull will be neither. The "gentle giant" and "nanny dog" combine to produce a hybrid that is a total baby; they will love to cuddle, play games with you and stick by your side regardless of what you're up to. A well socialized Great Danebull is good for active owners or families with plenty of time to spend with him. Large houses with fenced yards are the best homes for these guys.
- Great playmate for kids
- Friendly with other pets
- Alert, can be a watchdog
- Typically friendly towards visitors
- Low maintenance grooming
- Vocal and attentive without being yappy
- Will accompany you for moderate exercise
- Cuddle buddy
- Sheds frequently
- Not a guard dog
- May be prone to separation anxiety
- At least an hour of exercise needed
- Likely not accepted at most rental properties
Great Dane Pitbull crosses will vary in appearance from one puppy to the next based on what %Great Dane:%Pitbull is present and which genes are dominant. The trend seems to be more towards the Dane in appearance. She is usually a very large (naturally), long and lean dog without the large, floppy Dane ears. The coat will be short and smooth like both parents.
Great Danebulls are fairly smart, however, obedience training should be started as early as possible. This is a whole lot of dog that can end up being too much to handle if left to run the house. Dominant, firm and consistent commands are necessary, if you can't do that--learn to do it! Early socialization will also bring out the best in their loving, affectionate natures and allow them to be the perfect member of a household with kids and other dogs. This type of hybrid may have some protective instincts and alert enough to be useful, however, they won't bark incessantly.
A well socialized GDB is friendly, maybe overly friendly; their happy curiosity to, say, a cat might be a nuisance and a happily wagging large tail may batter a visitor. Don't be off put by the reputation of large dogs because, as the saying goes, they are as nice as those that raised them. This breed is an attention hog and will love to give it to you as well; they will cuddle with you at a moments notice and prefer not to be alone.
Finally, although many Great Danes are known for being couch potatoes, the Great Danebull will need an hour or so of daily outdoor time due to the Pit mix. A large home with a yard is ideal for this breed unless. Long walks, hikes, jogs, trips to dog park and games with toys are all options that will please your best friend.
Great Danebulls have short, smooth coats that can include many colors. When a hybrid litter is produced, there is usually greater coat variations that either purebred parent breed would produce along. You will see the following colors in the Great Dane Pitbull mix:
The Great Dane could also pass along a spotted or speckled coat, or even a mask. The possibilities seem endless for this cross breed!
If you assumed the size of your Great Dane Pitbull mix would be very large, you'd be right! Although not as big as a purebred Dane, the Great Dane bull can easily reach "big dog" status. Pitbulls are medium-large and can weigh anywhere from 35-80 pounds and the Great Dane can achieve the colossus mass of a large man (up to 150-200 pounds and quite tall). It's impossible to predict the height of this hybrid with such wide ranges. While you are shopping around for breeders, inquire what size the dam and sire are-- this should give you a more accurate idea. If you're adopting/rescuing, assume they can grow to 60-100 pounds and perhaps more.
This Pitbull-Great Dane mix has a temperament that combines the best qualities of both its parents. Like the Great Dane, the GDB is calm and affectionate; it, too, is a Gentle Giant--though not quite as "giant" as a Great Dane itself. And like the Pitbull, this breed is powerful, focused and energetic. Overall, GDBs are alert, friendly, and loyal. While not attention hogs, these dogs will need to be shown some of the same love and affection they so willingly bestow upon their human family members; some GDBs are known to suffer separation anxiety if ignored, and it's best to treat a GDB as yet another member of the human family.
While fairly intelligent, a Great Danebull will likely need a bit of obedience training. If left alone, it may become anxious, and might display its anxiety by turning destructive. (And as you can imagine, a destructive Great Danebull can obliterate most personal property!) It's best to provide a GDB with at least an hour of active, inclusive exercise each day; most likely, after playtime is over it will lovingly try to curl up in your lap (which will be an adorable but fruitless undertaking).
Dogs of this breed are also protective, but not as much as Pitbulls. They may be wary of strangers, but normally aren't prone to attacking unknown people. If used as a guard dog, a GDB's size and menacing appearance alone may be enough to frighten anyone who sees it. Overall, these dogs are loyal, alert, big fellas that will be great additions to any family.
Most dogsperts (dog experts) believe that hybrid puppies live a healthier life than their purebred parents due to "hybrid vigor"-- a fancy phrase for not being inbred for decades. Great Dane Pitbull mixes, even if healthier, still have the possibility to inherit diseases and disorders common to either parent breed. This is why we recommend you visit both parent breed pages and familiarize yourself with common ailments. Allergies, hip dysplasia and bloat are fairly common with other more serious conditions like eye disease, heart disease and tumors being less so but still possibilities.
The giant Great Dane unfortunately has a lifespan of only 6-8 years while the Pitbull has quite a variable one (due to the breeding quality) from 8-15 years, however, many sources hold the Pit average to 10-12. You can assume your Great Danebull will live somewhere in between these the two breeds and many certainly surpass these ranges.
- Hip Dysplasia
The following dog breed registries and organizations recognize the Great Danebull as a dog breed:
- Dog Registry of America Inc.
- International Designer Canine Registry