Great Danebull

60-85 lbs
24-26"
United States
American Pit Bull Terrier
Great Dane

When it comes to Great Danebulls, don’t judge a book by its cover. These large and fierce looking dogs make gentle and affectionate family pets. They are moderately active and love to be showered with attention. Great Danebulls can live up to 14 years and weigh between 60 and 90 pounds. When they are full grown, they can be anywhere between 24 and 28 inches tall. Great Danebulls have a short, dense, smooth, and glossy coat that comes in solid versions or multi-color combinations of black, white, blue, fawn, bronze, liver, red, white, and brown with the possibility of harlequin, mantle, sable, merle, or brindle patterns. In terms of large designer breeds, this one is well-known but not widely popular. Still, Great Danebulls can vary widely in appearance and temperament. Accordingly, they are not yet recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC).

purpose Purpose
Companion
history Date of Origin
1950s
ancestry Ancestry
American Pit Bull Terrier, Great Dane

Great Danebull Health

Average Size
Male Great Danebull size stats
Height: 26-28 inches Weight: 70-90 lbs
Female Great Danebull size stats
Height: 24-26 inches Weight: 60-85 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Entropion
  • Gastric Torsion
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Hip Dysplasia
Minor Concerns
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Cataracts
  • Bladder Stones
  • Myotonia
Occasional Tests
  • Ultrasound
  • Internal Imaging (x-ray, CT scan, MRI, etc.)
  • Blood And Urine Analysis
  • Radiography
  • Orthopedic Exam
  • Ocular Exam
  • Cardiac Test
  • Electromyography (EMG)
  • Muscle Biopsy

Great Danebull Breed History

The Great Danebull gets its name from its parent breeds: the Great Dane and the American Pitbull Terrier – both of which have long and interesting histories. The Great Dane is thought to have been around since 3000 B.C. Historians hypothesize that its population spread due to Assyrian traders who would bring the dog back and forth along routes to Rome and Greece. Since then, the Great Dane has had many names. At first, this breed was appropriately called the “Boar Hound” because of its talent for hunting wild boars. In the 16th century, Great Danes were known as English Dogges in England and Kammerhunde (or “Chamber Dogs”) in Germany. In 17th century Denmark and France they became known as the “Grand Danois” which later evolved into to the “Great Danish Dog”, and even later into the Great Dane. Despite its Danish namesake, the Great Dane was refined and stabilized due to the efforts of German breeders. Great Danes eventually gained popularity in North America in the 1800s and the Great Dane Club of America was founded in 1889. The Great Danebull’s other parent, the American Pit Bull Terrier, became popular in England during the early 1800s where it was bred for dogfighting. It was originally called the “Bull and Terrier” and was likely an Old English Bulldog and Terrier mix. Eventually, dogfighting was banned and the breed migrated to the United States where American breeders sought to increase the dog’s weight and head size. This variety became known as the Pit Bull Terrier and was recognized by the AKC in 1936. In 1972, it was renamed as the American Shaffordshire Terrier – though the Pit Bull nickname stuck. The mating of these two parent breeds has resulted in a large, affectionate dog that has likely been bred since the mid to late 1900s. It’s important to note, however, that Great Danebulls are not recognized by the AKC and breeders should be thoroughly researched if you are considering purchasing a puppy from them.

Great Danebull Breed Appearance

The Great Danebull is a fierce looking animal that resembles a larger and lankier American Pit Bull with Great Dane facial features. They are large dogs with a muscular build, weighing between 60 and 90 pounds. When full grown, Great Danebulls grow to be between 24 and 28 inches tall. Their coats are short, dense, smooth, and glossy. They come in many color varieties that are common to both parent breeds. These include solid or combinations of black, white, blue, fawn, bronze, liver, red, white, and brown with the possibility of harlequin, mantle, sable, merle, or brindle patterns. They have a rectangular head and dark, deep set eyes – like a Great Dane – and half pricked or rose ears – like an American Pit Bull. This breed also has a wide and strong chest, as well as round and compact feet with high arched toes.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Great Danebull eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Great Danebull nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
black Great Danebull coat
Black
white Great Danebull coat
White
blue Great Danebull coat
Blue
fawn Great Danebull coat
Fawn
red Great Danebull coat
Red
brown Great Danebull coat
Brown
sable Great Danebull coat
Sable
brindle Great Danebull coat
Brindle
Coat Length
coat
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
pin
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Great Danebull straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Great Danebull Breed Maintenance

In general, Great Danebulls only require occasional light grooming. They shed moderately throughout the year and may benefit from weekly brushing – though it is not necessary. Grooming is a nice way to bond with your pet and your hybrid may enjoy the process. Great Danebulls are primarily house dogs; therefore, they only need to be bathed once a month. They should, however, have their teeth cleaned on a daily basis. Beyond this, Great Danebulls should have their nails clipped at least once a month and their ears checked regularly for wax build up and debris to avoid infection. Note that this breed is not hypoallergenic and is not suitable for dog owners with allergies.

Brushes for Great Danebull
Comb
Comb
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Great Danebull requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Great Danebull Temperament

Despite the Great Danebull’s intimidating appearance, it is a gentle and affectionate breed. He is even known to cuddle up with people like a small lap dog. Similarly, the Great Danebull is extremely friendly towards other animals and does well in multi-pet households. In fact, this breed is prone to separation anxiety if he does not receive enough attention and affection from those around him. Additionally, his people-oriented disposition makes him eager to please. This trait – along with his high level of intelligence – makes training the Great Danebull very easy. Still, this breed isn’t a pushover. He has strong protective instincts and will be vocal if he perceives a threat. Great Danebulls only need a moderate amount of exercise, so it’s not extremely important for them to have constant access to a big yard; frequent trips to the park or other outdoor areas are sufficient. Because of their size, however, these dogs may do better in larger homes.

Great Danebull Activity Requirements

Great Danebulls have an average amount of energy and only require moderate daily exercise. They enjoy short walks, romps in the park, and play sessions with furry friends for a collective 20 to 40 minutes a day. Beyond this, Great Danebulls love to lay around the house, sprawled out in sunspots or near their owners. This breed is suited for all types of environments, though your hybrid should not be over exercised in extreme hot or cold conditions. Additionally, Great Danebulls can adapt to any type of living environment as long as his exercise and affection needs are tended to diligently.

Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
6 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
40 minutes
activity minutes

Great Danebull Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
4 cups
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Daily Cost
$2.75 - $3.00
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$80.00 - $90.00
food bag monthly cost

Great Danebull Owner Experiences

Yondu
3 Years
2 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Sleeping
Tug-of-war
I received Yondu as a sickly puppy. After multiple vet visits and bottle feeding, his health came back and he started to grow..and grow..and grow. Yondu weighs in at 100 pounds now and is the sweetest, most affectionate dog I've ever owned. He sleeps with my 12 year old at night and rarely leaves my side during the day. He rarely barks, can hear my car pull in the driveway and is waiting at the door to greet me when I walk in. He has no idea how big he is, as evidenced by his constant crawling or jumping into my lap as I sit on the couch. I would recommend this breed to literally anyone that wants a great, loyal loving pet.
4 weeks ago
Mandy
9 Months
4 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Throwing ball
Very easy to train loves to be cuddled
3 years, 2 months ago
Hailey
5 Years
2 People
House & Yard
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Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
She’s the sweetest & most affectionate dog that I’ve ever met. She looks like someone put the head of a Great Dane on a pitbull’s body.
3 years, 8 months ago
Opa!
Ten Months
2 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Training as my service d
Opa is a rescue, but he is the sweetest most affectionate guy! He learned all his commands very quickly and he is so in tune with my emotions. Opa is my PTSD service Dog and Mobility Dog. He is my angel!
3 years, 8 months ago
Laney
8 Months
4 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Fetch
Tug-of-war
Cuddles
Hiking
She is amazing, her personality is soft and sweet, she loves so deeply. My cats used to be iffy with her but she learned how to treat them and they now cuddle and play frequently, even though shes huge! She loves fetch and playing tug-of-war gently. Her body is very much Great Dane and her head is a rounded pit face. She has red hair and freckles in her white markings. Amazing breed, i trust her around children and random dogs she is so relaxed and accepting
3 years, 7 months ago
Midas
1 Year
2 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Midas has been such a sweetheart since we rescued him. He loves his 4 cat siblings and 1 dog sibling. He is territorial when it comes to strange dogs but nothing more than barking. He loves to sleep right next to us (sometimes on top of us) at night. One of the best dog breeds I've ever owned.
3 years, 2 months ago
Big Boy
1 Year
4 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
He loves car rides and playing with his friend.
Since I rescue Big Boy from the shelter, he has been a wonderful addition to our home. He's extremely intelligent, affectionate, not a bull in a china shop, loves the other animals in the house, and my son. Still training him not to pull on the leash so hard while going for a walk, but he is excited. I would recommend this breed to anyone. Love him to death.
3 years, 2 months ago
Xedo
10 Years
6 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
He is incredibly loving and sweet. He knows when someone is sad or upset and will try to comfort them with kisses and putting his paw on them. He is silly and loves to make humans laugh by doing summersaults and funny tricks. A one of a kind dog!
3 years, 1 month ago
Vaca
3 Years
3 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
I found Vaca as a street dog in Mexico, and flew her home to the United States. We are still working on some training due to her spending most of her life with no rules, but she is a very sweet and constantly happy dog. She is always excited to see me, and finds joy in even the smallest of things. I’ve never met a happier dog in my life.
3 years, 1 month ago
Kyle
10 Months
3 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Kyle is the best furbaby, he is kennel trained and gets along with our other dogs.
2 years, 11 months ago
Rocky
4 Years
3 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
He's a family member and has been a amazing companion
2 years, 10 months ago
Emily
1 Year
1 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Bath time
Ball
Running ball frisbee .
The first time of ever had and I absolutely love her she never leaves my side
2 years, 6 months ago
Titan
9 Months
4 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Walk
Hike
Play
Ball
What I believe is a Great Danebull Mix puppy never leaves my side and is extremely affectionate. He likes to be walked at least a block and loves playing with my other dog. I brush him a few times a week. He is extremely intelligent and has learned to open doors that don't have locks that he can't reach. He is almost too tall to fit under my dining room table. He has had trouble jumping into a bed (he can jump fences), potty training, and learning the basic commands. Overall, he is a very loveable dog.
2 years, 5 months ago
Clyde
11 Months
2 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Dog Parks
Running
Great dog. Loves to wrestle with his brother, an English Bulldog puppy. They get along wonderfully.
1 year, 9 months ago
Ares
1 Year
3 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Walk
Hes a generally friendly and energetic boy. Hes good to my 3 year old daughter but doesn't realize how big he is sometimes.
1 year, 8 months ago
Claus
7 Years
2 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Cuddles and tug of war
We rescued him at 6 years old - he was quite wary of people in the beginning and had a few food-aggression run ins with my other two Great Danes but over the past 10 months his personality has fleshed out and he’s become a giant goofball. Loves to be as close to mommy as possible, even going as far as to push my wife out of her spot on the couch because he wants to be so close to her. Loves to lie in an upside-down Superman pose.
1 year, 8 months ago
T-Rex
8 Years
5 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
We got T-Rex when he was a puppy for our 3 year old. He was always the most loving, fun, loyal, compassionate, cuddle pup. He was very protective, but never aggressive. Car rides and butter cookies were his most favorite thing next to his boy. Loved to lay in the sun, roll in fresh cut grass, and nap in mom’s lap (even when he got to be a fat boy for a bit). Never met a human he didn’t love and instantly took to any baby in his presence like that was his baby to protect. We didn’t know he was mixed with Great Dane until after he passed. Gastric torsion took our sweet boy when he was 8.
1 year, 5 months ago
Onyx
5 Months
3 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Walking
Running
Chasing balls
We really love her she is affectionate loveable playful protective
1 year, 3 months ago
Tony
3 Months
4 People
Apartment
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
My tony is amazing very smart boy and very sweet I cant wait to see how big he gets i love him i recommend getting one best thing I ever did
1 year ago
Harvie
4 Years
2 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Walking
Run
Dog Parks
Well...I absolutely love this breed. Harvie went from a bad abusive home to us. Within a month we had him getting healthier and back to feeling like himself. Fast forward a year later and he’s my service dog saving my life every day. I love him so much. We’ve been a team for about 2 years now and I love his Dane quirks. He thinks he’s a lap dog and sits on me and gets a bit mouthy here and there lol. I can see myself getting another when it’s time for him to retire and training it for what he does. ❤️
11 months, 1 week ago
Tiny
1 Year
4 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Walks,
lounging
dog park
Tiny is a big boy 80+lbs and loves to play. He has two fur sisters that he adores. Tiny has the biggest personality and is super affectionate. He sometimes doesn't remember how big he is. He loves watching TV, especially animal shows. He is very good with our two girls and my wife who are petite.
11 months ago
Rowena
3 Years
2 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Playing
She is a good girl. Very anxious though.
7 months, 3 weeks ago
Winston
4 Months
3 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
This is the most obedient dog I’ve ever had. I’m actually shocked at how he does what I say. 😂 He seems to be a Velcro dog is always by my side. And if I cry he kisses my eyes. I have a Doberman and an Aussie and this is completely different. I also feel like he’s not as high energy as my other dogs which is really nice.
6 months, 1 week ago
Si
8 Years
2 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
toys
wrestling
We rescued Si in 2013 from being a stray. He’s a big boy, about 125lbs. He very goofy, loveable, and protective of his humans. He will let you know when he hasn’t received enough cuddles. Thinks he’s a lap dog at times. I would recommend this breed to anyone. Great dog!
5 months, 3 weeks ago
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My Great Danebull is 6 months old. I was wondering when he would stop growing. He doesn’t seem to be getting much bigger

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It is a little harder to predict with cross breeds but he should still have some growing to do. He likely won't be fully developed until at least 18 months. At about 6 months, growth does slow down considerably though.
5 months, 3 weeks ago
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Is a3/4 pit bull,mix with great dane a good puppy to get for a child 9 yrs old?

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Book me a walkiee?
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