Plush Danois

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110-150 lbs
30-34"
Germany
Anatolian Shepherd Dog
Great Dane
Plush Dane

The Plush Danois is a hybrid breed mix of the Anatolian Shepherd (or Coban Kopegi) and Great Dane. These are both giant breed dogs and the Plush Danois will be a giant as well, ranging between 30 to 36 inches tall and weighing about 150 pounds on average. These giant dogs are loyal and protective, making excellent guard dogs for families without small children. The Plush Danois is not recommended for people who have never had a large dog and you should be prepared to properly train your dog. In the wrong hands, these dogs can be dangerous due to their protective nature and large stature. 

Purpose
Guardian
Date of Origin
1990s
Ancestry
Anatolian Shepherd and Great Dane

Plush Danois Health

Average Size
Height: 32-36 inches Weight: 140-180 lbs
Height: 30-34 inches Weight: 110-150 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Canine Hip Dysplasia (Chd)
  • Deafness (Whites)
  • Wobbler's Syndrome
  • Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM)
  • Gastric Dilation Volvulus (GDV) or Bloat
Minor Concerns
  • Entropion
  • Ectropion
  • Eye Conditions (Cataracts, Lens Luxation)
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Lick Granuloma
Occasional Tests
  • Cardiac
  • X-Rays
  • Eye Examination
  • Skin Evaluation
  • Abdominal Ultrasound

Plush Danois Breed History

The Anatolian Shepherd is an ancient Turkish giant that has been herding and guarding flocks of sheep and cattle since 1800 B.C. They are sometimes known as the Blackhead Karabaş, Anatolian Blackhead, Anadolulu Karabaş, Kangal, Coban Kopegi, or the Akbash Dog. There are displays of these dogs in the British Museum in London in the Assyrian rooms and they were even mentioned in the Bible. While these dogs are great at protecting the flock and the family, they are not known to be great family pets to those with children. They prefer not to fight but will protect who or whatever they consider to be their flock whether it be sheep, cattle, or people. They are stubborn and headstrong with a serious protective instinct that cannot be bred out of them. They are the 84th most popular dog breed in the American Kennel Club, where they have been registered members since 1996. The Great Dane is another ancient dog breed although it is from Germany and has been around since 3000 B.C. They were bred from Greyhounds, Old English Mastiffs, and Wolfhounds to be watchdogs and hunting companions. Unlike the Anatolian Shepherd, the Great Dane is a gentle and loving dog but can still be dangerous around small children because of their large size and clumsiness. These giants are thought to have been spread all over the world by Assyrians who traded them to the Greeks and Romans. They started out being called Boar Hounds because they were used to hunt boar. They were then changed to English Dogges in the 1500s, then Kammerhunde (which means chamber dog), and then Grand Danois, which was later changed to Great Danish Dog and Danish Mastiff. In 1880, the German judges decided they would be called the Deutsche Dogge, which means German Dog. Eventually, Americans changed their name to Great Dane, which it has stayed since then. They are the 14th most popular breed in the American Kennel Club, where they have been registered since 1887.

Plush Danois Breed Appearance

Your Plush Danois can be almost any color imaginable and their nose can be a wide range of colors as well such as Isabella, blue, brown, and black. The eyes are usually brown or blue but may also be amber or hazel. Their coat may be feathered on their body and ears and may be short to medium length. The longer coat is called a Woolly Plush Danois and has a mane and feathering all over and a plumed tail. White dogs may be deaf. They are huge dogs with a well-muscled body, long curved tail, cat-like feet, long neck, well-sprung ribs, and drawn belly. 

Eye Color Possibilities
Blue
Hazel
Brown
Amber
Nose Color Possibilities
Blue
Black
Brown
Isabella
Coat Color Possibilities
Black
Brown
Red
Cream
Isabella
Fawn
Blue
Silver
White
Pied
Sable
Brindle
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Plush Danois Breed Maintenance

The double coat of the Plush Danois needs to be groomed at least four or five times per week to keep them from getting matted. Use a pin brush and metal comb to brush them thoroughly, especially their mane and feathered areas. The longer the coat, the more brushing they will require. A few times a month you will need to check your dog’s ears and give them a good cleaning. Also, clip your dog’s toenails every 10 to 14 days to keep them from cracking or becoming ingrown. They only need to be bathed once a month or so unless they get especially dirty. 

Brushes for Plush Danois
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Comb
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Daily Weekly Monthly

Plush Danois Temperament

As previously mentioned, the Plush Danois is not good for families with small children because they can become aggressive and overly protective. They are territorial and make natural guard dogs but they have to be trained properly to accept visitors because they are apprehensive around strangers. They do not take well to direction and need a firm disciplinarian to teach them the rules. Many owners prefer obedience training to properly train their Plush Danois. This breed needs early socialization to get them to be friendly around other pets and they may not be a good choice for the dog park.                               

Plush Danois Activity Requirements

The Plush Danois needs a lot of exercise to keep them from getting bored or anxious. They are a working breed at heart and need to be active most of the time while they are awake so if you do not have a job for them, you will need to spend a lot of time entertaining them. They like to herd and hunt as well as protect, so giving them the run of a large fenced yard is perfect for them. However, they do like to be around humans a lot and want to guard you so they need to be inside with you at least some of the time. 

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
20 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
90 minutes

Plush Danois Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
5.5 cups
Daily Cost
$3.2 - $4.5
Monthly Cost
$96 - $135

Plush Danois Height & Weight

6 Months
Height: 30 inches Weight: 95 lbs
Height: 28 inches Weight: 65 lbs
12 Months
Height: 32 inches Weight: 135 lbs
Height: 30 inches Weight: 105 lbs
18 Months
Height: 34 inches Weight: 160 lbs
Height: 32 inches Weight: 130 lbs

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