Irish Dane

100-130 lbs
United States
Irish Wolfhound
Great Dane
Great Wolfhound

Irish Danes are imposing animals with big hearts – literally and figuratively. They are sweet and social creatures with a great appreciation for companionship. They do like to stay active and will seek out opportunities to gallop in open spaces. Irish Danes have a life span of 6 to 10 years and can weigh up to 150 pounds. When they are full grown, they can be anywhere between 30 and 35 inches tall. Irish Danes have a harsh, rough, short to medium coat that comes in solid or multi-color combinations of black, white, blue, fawn, silver, gray, red, and cream. They can have various pattern and markings on their coat as well. In terms of large designer breeds, this one fairly established. Even so, Irish Danes can vary widely in appearance and temperament. Accordingly, they are not yet recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC).

purpose Purpose
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Irish Wolfhound, Great Dane

Irish Dane Health

Average Size
Male Irish Dane size stats
Height: 33-35 inches Weight: 120-150 lbs
Female Irish Dane size stats
Height: 30-33 inches Weight: 100-130 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Entropion
  • Gastric Torsion
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Canine Hip Dysplasia
Minor Concerns
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Myotonia
Occasional Diagnoses
  • None
Occasional Tests
  • Radiographs
  • Internal Imaging (x-ray, CT scan, MRI, etc.)
  • Blood And Urine Analysis
  • Orthopedic Exam
  • Ocular Exam
  • Cardiac Test
  • Electromyography (EMG)
  • Muscle Biopsy
  • Blood Panel
  • Bone Biopsy

Irish Dane Breed History

The Irish Dane gets its name from its parent breeds: the Great Dane and the Irish Wolfhound – 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. There are accounts of the Irish Dane’s other parent, the Irish Wolfhound, as far back as ancient Rome and Greece where it was highly valued for its hunting skills. Early Irish literature has many references to these large dogs, calling them “Irish Dogs,” “Greyhounds of Ireland,” and “Wolfdogs of Ireland.” The Irish Wolfhound almost went extinct in the 1800s due to disease and neglect. Starting in 1862, however, an English cynologist named “Captain Graham” began to revive the breed. His efforts proved to be successful and the Irish Wolfhound population grew by leaps and bounds in Europe and North America. It was officially recognized by the AKC in 1872. The mating of these two parent breeds has resulted in a very large and people-oriented pet.

Irish Dane Breed Appearance

The Irish Dane is a very large breed with a commanding presence. It has a lanky, yet muscular build and weighs between 60 and 90 pounds. When full grown, Irish Danes grow to be between 30 and 35 inches tall. They generally have rectangular heads with half pricked ears and the deep-set eyes of a Great Dane. Their coats are harsh, rough, and grow to be anywhere from short to medium length. Irish Danes come in solid or multi-color combinations of black, white, blue, fawn, silver, gray, red, cream. They can also have harlequin, mantle, sable, merle, wheaten and brindle patterns. Occasionally, they have a black mask with black or white markings as well. Irish Danes have straight front legs and large, round feet that are heavily padded for galloping outdoors.

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

Irish Dane Breed Maintenance

Irish Danes are relatively easy to maintain and do not require heavy grooming. This breed will shed moderately, however, and is not hypoallergenic or suitable for owner with allergies. If your Irish Dane has a particularly long coat, it may benefit from occasional brushing. Either way, Irish Danes only need occasional baths. They should also have their teeth cleaned on a daily basis. Beyond this, Irish Danes should have their nails clipped at least once or twice a month to avoid split or cracked nails and ears clean regularly with a damp cloth to avoid wax build up and infection.

Brushes for Irish Dane
Pin Brush
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Irish Dane requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Irish Dane Temperament

Though the Irish Dane has an imposing presence, it is anything but scary. Irish Danes are friendly and gentle dogs that love being around others. They will never pass up an opportunity to cuddle and play. Because they are quite social, Irish Danes also do well in multi-pet households. In fact, this breed is prone to separation anxiety if it does not receive enough attention and affection from those around it. The best way to overcome this is to ensure Irish Danes are surrounded by loving people and have a relatively consistent schedule. Beyond this, the Irish Dane inherits a strong hunting impulse and guard dog mentality from its parent breeds. This can make it territorial and weary of strange adults at first. Owners can combat any negative behaviors from these instincts by socializing their Irish Danes early and consistently. Nonetheless, this breed is not known to be aggressive and can be a great family dog in the right environment.

Irish Dane Activity Requirements

Irish Danes have above average levels of energy. They enjoy being active and require quite a bit of daily exercise. This breed loves running and galloping in open spaces, as well as playing with other people and large animals. Owners should aim to provide their Irish Dane with this type of activity about 45 to 90 minutes each day. Beyond this, Irish Dane also like to cuddle with family members and lay around the house. This breed is suited for all types of environments, though it should not be over exercised in extreme hot or cold conditions. Additionally, Irish Danes are not suited for apartment, urban, or suburban living due to their large size. They do best in larger homes with lots of outdoor space.

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

Irish Dane Food Consumption

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

Irish Dane Owner Experiences

Max Lennon
8 Months
1 People
House & Yard
wading in water
Chasing friends
Wrestling with friends
Riding in the car
Max is amazing. Hes super intelligent and so very social and sweet. Everyone loves him and he loves everyone. Best decision ever to adopt him.
1 year, 2 months ago
2 Years
3 People
House & Yard
Samson is a wonderful pup. He is the best dog we have ever had. He has a heart of gold and loves everyone.
2 years, 6 months ago
2 Years
2 People
House & Yard
She is the Funniest dog i have ever had. SO happy all the time, she is 140 pounds & sleeps in the Bed. she also steals things at night and takes them outside in the yard
3 years, 2 months ago
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