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
Companion
Date of Origin
1950s
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
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
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
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
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 Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
6 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
40 minutes

Great Danebull Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
4 cups
Daily Cost
$2.75 - $3.00
Monthly Cost
$80.00 - $90.00

Great Danebull Owner Experiences

Rocky
4 Years
3 People
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He's a family member and has been a amazing companion
2 weeks, 1 day ago
Kyle
10 Months
3 People
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Kyle is the best furbaby, he is kennel trained and gets along with our other dogs.
1 month, 1 week ago
Vaca
3 Years
3 People
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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 months, 1 week ago
Xedo
10 Years
6 People
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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 months, 2 weeks ago
Mandy
9 Months
4 People
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Throwing ball
Very easy to train loves to be cuddled
4 months ago
Big Boy
1 Year
4 People
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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.
4 months ago
Midas
1 Year
2 People
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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.
4 months ago
Laney
8 Months
4 People
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Hiking
Cuddles
Tug-of-war
Fetch
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
9 months, 2 weeks ago
Opa!
Ten Months
2 People
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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!
10 months, 1 week ago
Hailey
5 Years
2 People
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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.
10 months, 3 weeks ago
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