Great Danoodle

Canis lupus

Last updated: April 13, 2021
Verified by: AZ Animals Staff

Both Great Danes and Poodles are in the top 15 most popular AKC breeds - which makes Great Danoodles a shoo-in for popularity.



Great Danoodle Scientific Classification

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidae
Genus
Canis
Scientific Name
Canis lupus

Great Danoodle Conservation Status

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Great Danoodle Facts

Fun Fact
Both Great Danes and Poodles are in the top 15 most popular AKC breeds - which makes Great Danoodles a shoo-in for popularity.
Temperament
Sweet, polite, and loyal
Diet
Omnivore

Great Danoodle Physical Characteristics

Colour
  • Grey
  • Red
  • Blue
  • Black
  • White
  • Cream
  • Silver
  • Beige
Skin Type
Hair
Lifespan
10-13 years
Weight
100 lbs

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Great Danoodles are descended from Great Danes, the tallest dogs in the world. Although they don’t always have the same height as their ancestors, Great Danoodles still have famously long legs and will tower over other Doodle dogs.

Great Danes are incredibly popular dogs, and so are poodles. Because of this, it should come as no surprise that the Great Danoodle is such a popular and well-loved Doodle dog. Great Danoodles have all of the polite and endearing personality traits that typically belong to their Great Dane parents. They also have the poodle’s curly coat, intelligent mind, and slightly smaller frame. Overall, these dogs are attractive, attentive, and incredibly affectionate towards their families.

If you rescue a Great Danoodle, you’ll immediately notice that they’re some of the friendliest and most self-conscious dogs available. Whether you brought them home because of their sweet eyes or their daring Harlequin coat, you and your Great Danoodle will be best friends for life.

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Owning a Great Danoodle: 3 Pros and Cons

Pros! Cons!
Polite personality! Great Danoodles are sweet and loving dogs that become incredibly self-conscious about their size as they get older. As a result, these pups grow up as considerate and polite members of their families. Separation anxiety. Great Danoodles are incredibly attached to their families and can’t be left alone. Only get one of these dogs if you have someone who can stay home most of the time.
Low grooming needs! When compared to other Doodle dogs, Great Danoodles don’t need to be brushed nearly as often as you’d expect. Unless their coat is particularly tangle-prone, you can get away with brushing your Great Danoodle once or twice a week. Health issues. Like other very large dogs, Great Danoodles suffer from heart problems and other health issues that may contribute to a reduced lifespan.
Excellent guard dogs! Great Danoodles are usually quiet dogs, but they’ll bark loudly if they sense an intruder. You can trust these alert canines to keep your home safe at night. Not hypoallergenic. Great Danoodles shed less than other dogs, but they’re still not truly hypoallergenic. If you’re worried about dander, spend some time at the breeder’s house before you bring a Great Danoodle into your home.
A young merle Great Danoodle dog relaxing in the autumn leaves enjoying life outdoors

Great Danoodle Size and Weight

Great Danoodles are large, tall dogs with square heads and lanky frames. These dogs can come in a wide variety of colors and patterns, including the famous Harlequin and Mantle coat designs. The average Great Danoodle weighs between 70 and 100 pounds and stands between 22 and 27 inches tall. Female Great Danoodles are often significantly smaller than their male counterparts; on average, you can expect them to only weigh up to 85 pounds.

Height (male) 25-27 inches
Height (female) 22-25 inches
Weight (male) 85-100 pounds
Weight (female) 70-85 pounds

Great Danoodle Common Health Issues

Great Danoodles are very large dogs, which means that they are susceptible to many of the same health concerns as their Great Dane parents. Heart issues are the biggest concern, but Great Danoodles can also suffer from stomach problems, skin conditions, and adrenal disorders. Your vet will be able to check your pup for all of these conditions; all you need to do is make sure that your Great Danoodle makes it in for their seasonal visit.

The problems that your vet might check for include:

  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Mitral valve disease
  • Addison’s disease
  • Sebaceous adenitis
  • Eye problems
  • Joint dysplasia
  • Skin allergies

Great Danoodle Temperament

These dogs are sweet, loving, polite, loyal, and intelligent. Like their Great Dane parents, these dogs tend to have quiet and calm personalities to make up for their incredibly large size. Expect your dog to be a little shy, especially in new situations. If you have guests or children over, be prepared to rescue your Great Danoodle whenever energies get too high.

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Luckily, these gentle giants almost never cause trouble – especially if they get enough exercise. Your Great Danoodle will love to go for long walks and run around the backyard, but these dogs are still more relaxed than most other Doodle breeds. Overall, the Great Danoodle is known for having a beautiful appearance and a balanced temperament, making them one of the most prized designer dog breeds on the market for its relatively affordable price.

How to Take Care of a Great Danoodle

Great Danoodles are large dogs that need a little extra attention throughout their lives. Plan to take your dog in for regular vet visits. You’ll also need to watch their diet and spend plenty of time with them during the day.

Great Danoodle Food and Diet

Great Danoodles are large dogs that need a lot of calories to stay healthy. Because they’re also prone to heart and stomach issues, you probably don’t want to buy a standard kibble for one of these designer dogs. Many breeders have diet recommendations for their Great Danoodle puppies. If you aren’t sure, look for high-quality food with an emphasis on protein and healthy fats.

Great Danoodle Maintenance and Grooming

These dogs are some of the lowest-maintenance Doodle dogs available. You only need to brush your Great Danoodle once or twice a week, especially if they have a shorter coat. Pay attention to the length of the hair between their toes, as it tends to clump and prevent your dog from walking. Like other Doodle dogs, Great Danoodles have sensitive skin and may need to use a special shampoo.

Great Danoodle Training

Great Danoodles are shy and attentive dogs that love to get guidance from their owners. Start training early while your dog is still young. As they get older, continue the training sessions to help make sure that your dog knows how to use their new size.

Great Danoodle Exercise

These dogs need plenty of exercise to stay healthy, especially when they are younger. Expect to take your dog on one or two hour-long walks every day, and try to give them access to a yard. Be aware that as your dog gets older, their ability to move will decrease. Because of this, it’s important to have playtime while the dog is young and to take slow walks when they start to age.

Great Danoodle Puppies

The puppies are small and don’t realize how big they’re going to grow. Take advantage of your pup’s small size to give them plenty of positive experiences, such as being held on your lap or carried through a store. As your puppy gets older, you’ll need to hold daily training sessions to help them get used to using their new long legs and big paws.

Great Danoodles and Children

These dogs are sweet and loving dogs that do fairly well in a family environment. Because they are shy, it can be difficult to tell whether or not they’re having a good time. In general, you should avoid leaving your Great Danoodle alone with young children. Pay attention to your dog’s body language; if they’re getting tired, you should break up the situation.

Dogs Similar to Great Danoodles

These dogs are known for being large, affectionate, and protective. Dogs with similar traits include the purebred Great Dane, the mastiff, and the Saint Berdoodle.

  • Great Dane – The Great Dane is a classically polite and charming breed. These dogs are loyal and have big hearts that make their owners immediately fall in love.
  • Mastiff – Mastiffs are big, cuddly, and protective pets that make a great addition to many households. Mastiffs are significantly larger than Great Danoodles, so be ready to take care of a dog that weighs as much as a grown man.
  • Saint Berdoodle – The Saint Berdoodle is one of the largest Doodle breeds. These dogs are playful and fun, and they have incredibly soft and luxurious coats.

Many people like to give Great Danoodles names that reference their large size. However, other dog owners like to choose names that reflect their dog’s sweet and demure personality. Popular names for these dogs include:

  • Samson
  • Titan
  • Liberty
  • Roxy
  • Indy
  • Ripley
  • Duke
  • Tiger
  • Dottie
  • Domino
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Great Danoodle FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) 

What is a Great Danoodle?

A Great Danoodle is a designer dog breed that’s created by mixing a Great Dane with a standard poodle. The ideal result is a dog that’s as tall as a Great Dane but with the luscious, wavy, and curly coat of a poodle.

How much do Great Danoodles cost to own?

The price of a Great Danoodle can range anywhere from $800 to $1,500. Be wary of breeders with particularly low prices, as they may not be using purebred Great Danes or poodles to create their Great Danoodle pups. If you rescue a Great Danoodle, you may want to take them in for a blood test to see if any other breeds have been added to the mix.

Are Great Danoodles good with kids?

Great Danoodles are sweet and polite dogs that do well with children. However, because Great Danoodles are typically self-conscious about their large size, it’s not a good idea to leave them alone with unsupervised children who don’t know how to respect a dog’s boundaries. Make sure that your kids don’t ever climb on the Great Danoodle’s back.

How long does a Great Danoodle live?

Great Danoodles are very large dogs and may have a reduced lifespan. With a good diet, plenty of exercise, and regular visits to your vet, you can expect your Great Danoodle to live about 8 to 13 years.

Do Great Danoodles shed?

Great Danoodles are Doodle dogs, which means that they usually inherit the poodle’s famous low-shedding and semi-hypoallergenic coat. However, like all dogs, Great Danoodles will shed a small amount. You can reduce this by brushing them daily and taking them for regular trips to the groomer.

How big is a Great Danoodle?

Most Great Danoodles stand between 20 to 25 inches tall and weigh anywhere between 75 to 100 pounds. Great Danoodles aren’t the largest dogs in existence, but because they have such long legs, they tend to tower over most other breeds.

Are Great Danoodles good family dogs?

Great Danoodles are calm and polite dogs that are very affectionate towards their families. These dogs need a lot of attention and are prone to separation anxiety; as long as someone is always at home, they should fit into most environments. Be aware that Great Danoodles and other Doodle dogs are not a good choice for families with very young children.

What colors can a Great Danoodle be?

Great Danes come in a wide range of colors, which means that Great Danoodles can potentially inherit any of their coat patterns. Normal colors include grey, brown, copper, and white. You can also expect to see interesting patterns like Harlequin or Mantle.

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