Italian Daniff

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115-125 lbs
Cane Corso
Great Dane
The Italian Daniff is a hybrid designer dog mix. It is a cross between the Cane Corso Italiano and the Great Dane. This massive dog stands 35 to 36 inches at the shoulders and weighs 115 to 130 pounds. The dog’s sheer size makes it less than ideal for a small home or apartment. However, for an owner with ample room, the Italian Daniff is a loyal, loving, protective companion. He is a gentle giant who adores children and other animals. His high intelligence and willingness to please make him easy to train.
Date of Origin
Cane Corso Italiano, Great Dane

Italian Daniff Health

Average Size
Male Italian Daniff size stats
Height: 35-36 inches Weight: 115-130 lbs
Female Italian Daniff size stats
Height: 35-36 inches Weight: 115-125 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Canine Hip Dysplasia
  • Bloat
Minor Concerns
  • Allergies
Occasional Diagnoses
  • None Known
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Allergy Tests
  • Wellness Check
  • Full Physical Examination regarding joint movement around the hip and kneecap

Italian Daniff Breed History

The Italian Daniff combines the good characteristics of both of its parent breeds to create an outstanding breed. The brave Cane Corso Italiano is a direct descendant of the great war dogs of the Romans. Historically, he was used as a guard dog, farmhand, and to hunt game. Its name reflects its guard dog abilities. Cane is the Latin term for ‘dog’ and Corso is derived from the word ‘cohors’ which translates into ‘bodyguard’. The breed started to dramatically decline as many people moved away from conventional farms. In the 1970s, fanciers of the breed worked to bring it back from the brink of extinction. In 2010, the breed gained recognition by the American Kennel Club and was entered into the Working Group. Great Danes were originally ferocious hunters of wild boar. They were also used as guard dogs. The breed can be traced back to 3,000 BC, where it is depicted in drawings in Babylonia. The ancient Assyrians traded their behemoth dogs to Romans, who also favored the breed and continued breeding it. Originally, the large dogs were referred to as Boar Hounds because they were used to hunt wild boar. By the 1600s, the dogs had become a favorite pet of nobility throughout Germany. In the 1700s, the breed became known as the Great Dane. It is believed that the German breeders created the stable and loving dog that is common today. Modern Great Danes exhibit none of the fierce and aggressive characteristics of their ancestors. In 1889, the Great Dane was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club and granted admission into the Working Group.

Italian Daniff Breed Appearance

The Italian Daniff is a massive, muscular dog. His coat is short and rarely sheds. It is very similar to the Great Dane in appearance. The breadth of their chest is far wider than that of the Great Dane and is more similar to the Cane Corso Italiano. Their hindquarters are also well muscled and broad. The dog's overall appearance is that of sheer size and very intimidating to strangers. His head is large with a pronounced muzzle and long, floppy ears. Their feet are very large and they have a loping gait that is unique when compared to other dogs of a similar size.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Italian Daniff eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Italian Daniff nose
Coat Color Possibilities
brown Italian Daniff coat
fawn Italian Daniff coat
blue Italian Daniff coat
isabella Italian Daniff coat
black Italian Daniff coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Italian Daniff straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Italian Daniff Breed Maintenance

The short coat of the Italian Daniff rarely sheds. It requires very little care but he can be brushed every few days to keep his fur shining and remove any loose hairs. Some owners brush their dog’s teeth to remove plaque and keep the dog’s breath smelling acceptable. The long, floppy ears should be wiped clean of any debris every week. His toenails may wear down naturally but if they don’t, then you can use dog nail clippers to keep them short. He rarely has any physical doggy smell, but some owners opt to bathe their dog once a month to keep him smelling fresh. 

Brushes for Italian Daniff
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Italian Daniff requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Italian Daniff Temperament

The Italian Daniff is protective but sweet to his beloved owners. He is a gentle dog who adores children and gets along well with other pets. He is highly intelligent and learns quickly. This dog’s personality is very laid back and easy-going. He rarely gets excited. If you are looking for a pooch that barks when he hears noises, then you will need to look elsewhere because the Italian Daniff rarely barks unless he encounters a sudden intruder.

Italian Daniff Activity Requirements

The large and muscular Italian Daniff requires a daily thirty-minute walk to keep his form tone. However, despite his big size, he does not require excessive exercise.  He is not a good jogging partner and rarely likes to run. Despite his dislike of running, he is a great canine to take to the dog park because he loves other dogs and people. He doesn’t jump well because of his large size. This big boy does enjoy a walk with his owner because it is a chance to interact with his beloved person.  When he becomes heated, he can drool a bit so it is a good idea to carry along a washcloth to clean his face.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
7 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
30 minutes

Italian Daniff Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
Daily Cost
$1 - $2
Monthly Cost
$45 - $65

Italian Daniff Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Italian Daniff size stats at six months
Height: 16 inches Weight: 72 lbs
Female Italian Daniff size stats at six months
Height: 16 inches Weight: 60 lbs
12 Months
Male Italian Daniff size stats at 12 months
Height: 35 inches Weight: 122 lbs
Female Italian Daniff size stats at 12 months
Height: 35 inches Weight: 117 lbs
18 Months
Male Italian Daniff size stats at 18 months
Height: 35 inches Weight: 122 lbs
Female Italian Daniff size stats at 18 months
Height: 35 inches Weight: 117 lbs

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