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Great Danebull (Great Dane Pit Bull Mix)

Oliver Jones

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Height 24–28 inches
Weight  60–90 pounds
Lifespan  7–12 years
Colors Black, red, white, brown, tan, blue, grey, brindle
Suitable for Active families or singles, house with a yard
Temperament Energetic, playful, intelligent, sweet, affectionate, protective

The Great Dane Pitbull Mix is a hybrid of the Pitbull and the Great Dane and is commonly called the Great Danebull. The American Pit Bull Terrier is a devoted, loving, and energetic dog, and the Great Dane is sweet, friendly, and patient. So, when you combine these two amazing breeds, you get a large dog that embodies the best of both parents.

Of course, the Great Dane is famous for its size, so you can expect the Great Danebull to be a large to extra-large dog. They are muscular dogs with a stocky build and rectangular heads and have short, smooth, and dense coats that come in a wide variety of patterns and colors. They can be solid colors or in combinations of bronze, black, white, fawn, blue, red, liver, white, and brown and can also be merle, sable, harlequin, mantle, or brindle.

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Great Dane Pitbull Puppies – Before You Buy…

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The Great Dane Pitbull tends to be moderately energetic and is a robust and healthy breed with a long lifespan considering its large size. Great Danebulls are intelligent and eager to please and therefore are generally easy to train and are quite social and friendly dogs.

What’s the Price of Great Dane Pitbull Puppies?

While it can be difficult to pinpoint a price for this lesser-known hybrid, we looked at Pitbull and Great Dane mixed puppies, which were $600 to $1,500. Of course, the price will depend on where the puppies are located and the breeder.

In order to avoid any kind of puppy mill, be sure you are dealing with a good and responsible breeder.

Follow these tips once you’ve found a potential breeder:

  • Go to the breeder’s location: You’ll want the opportunity to see the dogs and puppies in person and double-check that their living spaces are clean. This also gives you the chance to check how healthy and well-adjusted the dogs are and how well they get along with the breeder. Consider doing a virtual tour if you aren’t able to visit in person.
  • Medical history: A reputable breeder will be honest with you regarding their dog’s medical background and any issues that they might have. The breeder will provide you with any relevant medical certificates as well.
  • Meet the parents: In many cases, you won’t be able to meet the father, but the mother of the puppies should be onsite. Interacting with the mother of your puppy will allow you to check her temperament and health and can give you a picture of how your puppy might turn out when he grows up.
  • Ask lots of questions: Come prepared with any questions that are important for you to ask. A responsible breeder will not only willingly answer all of your questions but will most definitely ask you a number of questions in return as well.

Beyond the price of your puppy, there are additional costs you should expect.

These are some items that you’ll need for a new puppy:
  • Treats for training
  • Puppy food
  • Food and water bowls
  • Puppy training pads
  • Toys for chewing and playing
  • Crate and bedding
  • Collar, leash, and harness
Other expenses you can expect might include:
  • Obedience classes
  • Grooming
  • Microchipping
  • Veterinarian appointments
  • Spaying or neutering surgery
  • Vaccinations

You can also look into adopting a puppy (or, more likely, an adult dog) through a rescue group. The fee will probably range from $300 to $600, but many rescue organizations will reduce or completely waive the adoption fee if you bring a special needs or senior dog home.

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Left: Pitbull, Right: Great Dane | Image Credit: Pixabay

3 Little-Known Facts About Great Dane Pitbulls

  • The Great Dane Pitbull Is a Little Dog In a Big Dog Body

While you usually only hear about tiny dogs with the “small dog syndrome,” the same can be said for this rather large hybrid. They tend to be very large dogs but what they really want is to be a lap dog. Expect a large and heavy dog spending as much time as possible in your lap if you bring one of these dogs home.

  • The Great Danebull Needs To Spend Time With Family

These dogs become very attached to their families and will suffer from separation anxiety if left alone too long or too often. They should also not be put outside alone for long periods. Ensure you have enough space in your home for these large dogs and be prepared to spend a lot of time with them.

  • The Great Danebull Makes a Great Watchdog

These dogs are not aggressive, but they do have a strong protective streak. While they aren’t known to be barkers, they will alert you if anyone trespasses or just enters your property.

Temperament & Intelligence of the Great Dane Pitbull

We should start by looking at the parent breeds before discussing the temperament of the Great Danebull. The Great Dane is a giant friendly, sweet-natured, and gentle breed that is very much the guardian and protector of the family. The Pit Bull is exceptionally energetic, playful, and friendly but is also devoutly loyal and loving.

The Great Dane Pitbull mixed breed is known to be intelligent but will also inherit his parent’s devoted, loving, and friendly natures.

Are These Dogs Good for Families? 👪

Both the Great Dane and the Pit Bull make amazing family dogs, so you can expect the Great Dane Pitbull to be no different. They are affectionate and gentle dogs that will thoroughly enjoy spending time playing and snuggling with children but make sure you educate your children on treating all dogs with respect. This includes no pulling of ears or tails and not riding around on your dog like a horse.

Always supervise your small children around dogs, regardless of the size. These dogs do tend to be very large, and there’s always the possibility of little ones getting knocked over accidentally.

Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets?

This hybrid does not have any known issues with other pets. The parent breeds do not have a high prey drive, and the Great Danebull is a friendly and playful pup, so he’ll make a great playmate for other dogs, and even cats.

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Things to Know When Owning a Great Dane Pitbull:

Food & Diet Requirements 🦴

You’ll need the right kind and amount of food for your large to extra-large Great Danebull. Start with finding high-quality dog food and keep in mind your dog’s current size, age, and activity level and follow the instructions on the food bag to help determine how much you should be feeding him.

Exercise 🎾

Pit Bulls are highly energetic, and Great Danes are more sedate but still need a moderate amount of exercise. Your Great Danebull will probably fall somewhere in the middle, so you’ll need to take him for a 20 to 40-minute walk at least twice a day and anticipate an energetic amount of playtime. However, also expect him to enjoy a good sleeping session indoors.

Training 🦮

Both the Great Dane and the Pit Bull are intelligent and eager to please dogs and can be quite trainable, so you can expect the same with the Great Dane Pitbull. They take well to obedience training, and positive reinforcement, as well as a lot of socialization, will give you an amazing friend and companion.

Grooming 🦷

Neither the Pit Bull nor the Great Dane is high maintenance, and consequently, neither is the Great Dane Pitbull. Their short and sleek coats will only require a weekly brushing with a hound glove, rubber mitt, or medium bristle brush. Just give your pup a bath only when absolutely necessary with a good dog shampoo.

The Great Danebull’s nails should be trimmed every 3 to 4 weeks, his ears cleaned every week, and brush his teeth 2 to 3 times a week.

Health and Conditions 🏥

Hybrid dogs don’t have the same health problems that their purebred parents might have, but it’s important to be well informed about the possibility of your Great Dane Pitbull’s genetic pool.

Minor Conditions

The American Pit Bull Terrier might experience:

The Great Dane is prone to:

The vet will check the skin and eyes and will again run urinalysis and blood tests and possibly a radiography exam to check his thyroid.

Male vs Female

Male Great Danebulls tend to be a little larger than females. The average male is 26 to 28 inches in height as compared to the female’s 24 to 26 inches. The male weighs about 70 to 90 pounds, whereas the female weighs 60 to 85 pounds.

Of course, there’s also the surgery for your dog to consider. Female dogs are spayed, which is a more complex and, therefore, more expensive operation as compared to neutering the male dog. Spaying and neutering have the advantage of not only sterilizing your dog but helps to prevent serious health conditions that may occur in the future and eliminating more aggressive behaviors.

Lastly, some believe that there is a difference in temperament between males and females. Males are known to be more territorial and aggressive than females and less affectionate, but this isn’t entirely accurate. What truly contributes to a dog’s personality is his upbringing and how he has been treated throughout his entire life. Socialization, training, love, or neglect all determine a dog’s behavior and temperament.

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Final Thoughts

Finding a Great Danebull might be a challenge, but posting your interest in one on social media might help you find a puppy. You can also speak to breeders of Pit Bulls and Great Danes as they might be able to point you in the right direction.

And don’t forget about adoption! Adopting a dog is a very rewarding experience as you’ll give an abused, neglected, or abandoned dog a brand new life.

The Great Dane Pitbull hybrid has been said to be the perfect family dog. Loyal, loving, playful, and smart, it doesn’t get much better than this!

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Featured Image Credit: RyanTaylor, Shutterstock

Oliver Jones

Oliver (Ollie) Jones - A zoologist and freelance writer living in South Australia with his partner Alex, their dog Pepper, and their cat Steve (who declined to be pictured). Ollie, originally from the USA, holds his master's degree in wildlife biology and moved to Australia to pursue his career and passion but has found a new love for working online and writing about animals of all types.