Great Danes are a personal favorite dog breed. I mean, what’s not to love about a giant cuddle bug with a loving heart as big as their bodies? Their almost comically large build means that they are rarely used to bear mixed doggies. However, when it does happen, the results are priceless.
One of the most popular Great Dane mixes is the Great Danoodle, which is a mix with a purebred Poodle. Due to the size differences, Standard Poodles are often chosen for pairing with a healthier and more predictably-sized mixed doggy.
Despite the Great Dane Poodle being such an interesting and loveable mix, this breed is not very common and thus not often profiled. So if you need information on this novel designer pooch, you have come to the right place. Let’s dive right into everything that you need to know about the Great Dane Poodle Mix, starting with their distinguishing physical traits.
How Big Do Great Danoodles Get?
A Great Doodle is a mixed breed dog developed from a Great Dane and Standard Poodle. Due to the size differences, a female Great Dane will be chosen to carry the puppies to avoid chances of complications during pregnancy or delivery.
So how big can a Great Danoodle get? Below is more on the size ranges for these mixed doggies as well as other physical traits you can expect from them.
Weight And Height
The Great Danoodle is a large mixed dog that is very similar to its giant Great Dane parents. This mixed-breed dog averages 28 to 30 inches in height and 90 to 110 lbs in weight. This makes them some of the largest designer dogs on the market.
Coat Type And Colors
The coat type of the Great Danoodle can either be similar to that of the Poodle’s or the Great Dane’s.
If they take after the Poodle parent, the Great Danoodle usually has a dense and curly coat. If they inherit the Great Dane’s coat, the fur will be short, silky, and densely packed.
The colors that a Great Dane Poodle Mix comes in include black, white, brown, apricot, blue, silver, and café au lait. They may also have special markings, in which case merle, harlequin, and brindle patterns are the most common.
How Long Do Great Danoodles Live?
A Great Dane Poodle can live for 8 to 13 years. This is pretty typical for large dogs and similar ranges can be expected for the purebred Great Dane and Standard Poodles.
The mixed breeding to develop Dane Poos eliminates a lot of the diseases that affect each individual purebred dog used in the mix. However, there are some common health issues that you might still find in your Great Danoodle. These include:
Epilepsy is a condition that causes seizures in the Great Danoodle. The inherited disorder has no cure, and all you can do is protect your dog from triggers and manage the seizures with medication.
Large and deep-chested dog breeds like the Standard Poodle and the Great Dane are likely to develop a condition known as gastric dilatation volvulus. The stomach twists on itself when dilated by food and fills up with air which is why the condition is sometimes referred to as bloat.
Dermatitis simply refers to irritation of the skin and is very common in Great Danoodles especially if they inherit the Poodle’s dense, curly coat.
Allergic reactions to things like parasites, pollen, dust, and even food will often manifest with this skin irritation. Without early and adequate treatment, the irritation could easily result in skin breaks from scratching and eventually cause skin infections.
Cancer is one of the leading causes of death in Great Danoodles. They range from blood cell cancers to solid tumors in the gut, reproductive system, and pretty much any other system in their bodies.
For the most part, cancers in Dane Poos occur when they are very old. However, constant surveillance through routine vet visits is an important strategy to catch cancer early and give your Great Danoodle a fighting chance.
How To Take Care Of Great Dane Poodle Mixes?
At first glance, the Great Dane Poodle Mix may seem a bit intimidating in terms of their care needs. I mean what are you to do with a giant 100-pound dog that is just as tall as you are when they stand up?
However, whether you are a first-time dog owner or have some experience, the Great Danoodle is a relatively easy dog to take care of. You just have to understand what they need and come up with a care plan and schedule that works for the mixed doggies.
Here are some of their needs.
A Healthy Diet
A healthy diet for a Great Dane Poodle Mix means dog food made from high-quality ingredients, nutritionally balanced meals, and appropriate portions.
As far as portions go, the Dane Poo can have about 4 to 6 cups of food per day, depending on their size and age.
For quality ingredients and balance, we recommend Pet Plate, which customizes its dog meal plans based on your Dane Poo’s needs.
Finally, include multivitamin supplements in the Great Danoodle’s diet to make up for any micronutrients that may be absent or inadequate in their diet.
Great Dane Poodle mixed dogs are very active and energetic and require plenty of exercise to keep them healthy and sane. We recommend two exercise sessions every day for about 1 to 2 hours each.
Good Grooming Practices
Basic grooming for your Great Danoodle will include clipping its nails every two weeks, wiping its ears every week, and cleaning its face occasionally with moist towels or doggy wet wipes.
Dental hygiene is also an important part of grooming for the care of your Great Danoodle. You can make your life easier while still getting the job done by using dental water additives.
Are Great Danoodles Playful? Temperaments Of Great Dane Poodle Mixes
The Great Dane has a reputation as being one of the sweetest and friendliest of all dog breeds. They truly deserve their “gentle giant” title. Standard Poodles, on the other hand, are praised for their high intelligence levels, but they can be a bit aloof and reserved.
So what personality does the Great Danoodle take after? The answer is a little bit of both. For a better understanding of your Great Danoodle, here are some of the common personality traits you can expect from your mixed doggy.
Great Dane Poodle mixes get their loyalty from both sides of the family and make for some of the most responsible and trustworthy dogs. They form very deep and lasting bonds with their human companions and will truly be a part of the family.
Great Danes and Poodles are both very smart dogs, thereby making the Dane Poo Mix very intelligent and easy to train. It also helps that they are obedient and always eager to please, especially with the right incentives like treats.
A Great Danoodle may be large, but they have the energy levels and spunk of smaller dogs, like fun toy breeds. Due to their high energy levels, regular exercise and engagement are crucial to both their physical and psychological well-being.
The Great Danoodle is a lot more like its Great Dane parent in terms of social skills. These super-friendly dogs require very little socialization and instinctively love being around people, even strangers.
Whether you want an outdoor adventure buddy, a companion for your solo setting, or even a family pet, Great Danoodles will very easily adapt and thrive. Their intelligence and generally laid-back, go-with-the-flow nature makes this adaptability possible.
Do Great Danoodles Shed? Grooming Tips For Great Dane Poodle Mixes
If the Great Danoodle inherits their Poodle parent’s coat type, they will shed very minimally and are, therefore, great, low-maintenance alternatives to purebred hypoallergenic dog breeds.
However, if they take after the Great Dane’s coat type, the Dane Poo Mix will shed a lot more and may thus need more coat care.
Whichever coat type your Great Danoodle has, here are 2 of the most important coat care tips and tricks to keep your mixed doggy looking beautiful.
Brush 3 Times A Week
Whether or not your Great Danoodle sheds a lot, you have to brush them on a regular basis. This helps reduce the chances of fur getting knotted and matted while also getting rid of any loose fur within the coat.
The trick is to work with an efficient grooming brush like the FURminator Undercoat Tool. It has strong, metallic bristles that are closely spaced to collect loose fur while detangling knots in the coat.
Wash Every 4 To 6 Weeks
Washing your Great Danoodle every month should do the trick when it comes to keeping the coat clean and minimizing odors.
For Dane Poo Mixes with skin issues like infections or dermatitis from allergies, you may want to extend the interval to every 6 to 8 weeks. This is because washing Great Danoodles with problematic skin too often could actually cause more damage by stripping protective oils.
In addition to switching your intervals, you should also invest in high-quality grooming products that are specifically formulated for Great Dane Poodle mixes with sensitive skin. For this, we recommend Mighty Petz 2-In-1 Oatmeal Dog Shampoo And Conditioner.
The oatmeal extracts in the Mighty Petz shampoo and conditioner have a nice soothing effect on the Dane Poo’s skin and will help promote faster healing.
How Much Is A Great Danoodle? A Great Danoodle can cost $800 to $1,500 but some can go for as much as $5,000. How expensive this mixed dog will depend on the availability of the two popular and sometimes pricey purebred parents. The price will inevitably be high for Great Danoodles bred from prized Poodle lineages.
Do Great Danoodles Like To Swim? Great Danoodles can technically swim which is a strength that they inherit from both the Great Dane and Poodle parents. However, if they are anything like the Great Dane side of the family, swimming will not be their favorite activity. On the other hand, Dane Poos that inherit the Poodle’s instinctive love for the water will truly enjoy swimming.
Do Poodles Get Along With Great Danes? Poodles and Great Danes typically get along very well, if you are considering getting both dogs as pets. This is largely due to the friendly and accepting nature of the Great Dane that pairs perfectly with the calm and tolerant nature of Poodles. However, Poodles may need some socialization training to truly learn to bond with other pets including Great Danes. Otherwise, the aloof Poodle will just tolerate their presence without necessarily engaging.