Great Dasenji

60-85 lbs
United States
Great Dane 
Great Basenji

Great Dasenjis are one of the more active and independent Great Dane mixes. They are very loving toward their owners and enjoy being active. Great Dasenjis have an average lifespan of 6 to 14 years, weight of 60 to 85 pounds, and height of 22 to 24 inches. They have a short, fine, and smooth coat that comes in many combinations and patters that are common to both parent breeds. In terms of large designer breeds, the Great Dasenji is unusual and not widely recognized. Most owners will say that the Great Dasenji is full of fun and easy to train, but does have a reserved side to them when meeting someone new.

purpose Purpose
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Basenji, Great Dane

Great Dasenji Health

Average Size
Male Great Dasenji size stats
Height: 23-24 inches Weight: 65-85 lbs
Female Great Dasenji size stats
Height: 24-25 inches Weight: 60-85 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Entropion
  • Gastric Torsion
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Fanconi Syndrome
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
  • Immunoproliferative Enteropathy
Minor Concerns
  • Myotonia
  • Persistent Pupillary Membranes (PPM)
  • Pyruvate Kinase (PK) Deficiency
Occasional Tests
  • Endoscopy
  • Internal Imaging (x-ray, CT scan, MRI, etc.)
  • Blood And Urine Analysis
  • Orthopedic Exam
  • Ocular Exam
  • Cardiac Test
  • Electromyography (EMG)
  • Muscle Biopsy
  • Lab Tests
  • Renal Biopsy
  • DNA Test

Great Dasenji Breed History

The Great Dansenji gets its name from its parent breeds: Great Dane and Basenji. Each parent breed has its own unique history. The Great Dane is thought to have originated sometime around 3000 B.C. Historians hypothesize that this breed belonged to Assyrian traders who would bring the dog on their travels to Rome and Greece. First known as the Boar Hound because of its talent for hunting wild boars, Great Danes were later known as English Dogges in England and then the Kammerhunde in Germany. In Denmark and France in the 1700s, they became known as the Grand Danois which later evolved into to the Great Dane. Despite its Danish namesake, this majestic breed developed through the work of German breeders. Giant, yet gentle and kind, the breed gained a following in North America in the 1800s. They were registered with the American Kennel Club in 1887. The Basenji’s history is shrouded in mystery, but it is possible that this breed existed as early as ancient Egypt and spread throughout central Africa over time. In fact, its name is derived from ancient Congolese and Sudanese languages and roughly translates to “bush thing”. It was originally used to hunt small game, but was imported to England and the United States in the 1930s as a show dog, pet – and later – sighthound. The Basenji Club of America was formed in 1942 and the AKC recognized the breed shortly thereafter in 1943. The combination of these two parent breeds is unusual and the Great Dansenji is not a widely-known hybrid.

Great Dasenji Breed Appearance

Like a Basenji, this sleek hybrid has a tapered muzzle with a scissor bite, dark almond-shaped eyes, as well as erect and slightly hooded ears. Like a Great Dane, however, this breed has round and compact feet with highly arched toes. Great Dasenjis have a short, fine, and smooth coat that comes in solid or multi-color combinations of blue, fawn, black, white, tan, and red with a harlequin, mantle, merle, or brindle pattern with brindle, black, or white markings. They are agile and graceful animals that carry an alert and inquisitive expression.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Great Dasenji eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Great Dasenji nose
Coat Color Possibilities
brindle Great Dasenji coat
red Great Dasenji coat
white Great Dasenji coat
black Great Dasenji coat
fawn Great Dasenji coat
blue Great Dasenji coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
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Great Dasenji straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Great Dasenji Breed Maintenance

Great Dansenjis are great for owners that are not interested in having a high maintenance dog. This breed does not require brushing; its coat is short and neat and sheds only moderately throughout the year. Additionally, Great Dansenjis only require bathing once a month. They should, however, have their teeth cleaned on a daily basis. Beyond this, Great Dasenjis should have their nails clipped at least twice a month and ears checked regularly for wax build up and excess moisture that can least to yeast proliferation. Additionally, this dog is quite slobbery, so it’s mouth and muzzle should be wiped down regularly. Note that Great Dasenjis are not hypoallergenic and therefore not suitable for dog owners with allergies.

Brushes for Great Dasenji
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
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Great Dasenji requires monthly brushing
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Great Dasenji Temperament

The Great Dansenji can be fierce looking – but don’t be fooled! This pup is gentle, affectionate, and curious. They are not as needy as Great Danes, but they do expect a lot of attention. Great Dansenjis will seek snuggles and kisses from their owners whenever possible. Great Dasenjis may not, however, warm up to other adults, children or pets without some time and encouragement. As such, its best for Great Dansenji owners to supervise their pet around strangers. Nevertheless, Great Densenjis are playful and will eagerly engage in games and activities if they are comfortable. Because this breed is so smart, it will become restless if it does not get enough mental and emotional stimulation. This breed also inherits a bit of the Basenji’s stubbornness. As a result, it may not be as easy to train as other Great Dane hybrids. Still, many dog fans enjoy the Great Densenji’s independence streak and sense of mischief.

Great Dasenji Activity Requirements

Depending on the temperament of the Great Densenji, he may enjoy a vigorous romp in the park with other furry friends. Otherwise, he will be happy with long walks with his owner. This breed is suited for all types of environments, though it should never be over exercised in extreme hot or cold conditions. Additionally, because of this breed’s activity needs, it may do better in a suburban or rural environment where it has access to large outdoor spaces. Note that Great Dansenjis have a high impulse to hunt and chase small animals, so it’s best to keep this dog in a fenced area.

Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
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Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
9 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes
activity minutes

Great Dasenji Food Consumption

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

Great Dasenji Owner Experiences

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