Designer dogs are a questionable topic. Many people don’t like the idea of them for several reasons, the first one being ethical. But, we have to say that there are some great crossbreeds. For example, the Doberman Great Dane Mix or also known as the Doberdane.
The first word that comes to my mind when I think of this mixed breed is “big”. Because, well, they are huge dogs! But, there is so much more that these dogs are. They are also intelligent, protective, loyal and so much more.
But, due to their size, they might not be for everyone.
Doberman Great Dane Mix – What to know
This crossbreed is very young. They were developed in the 2000s, so there are no set standards of how they will look and act.
One thing is sure, this dog has many great qualities, but despite being such amazing dogs, they aren’t for everyone. Especially not for first-time dog owners.
It’s not only their size that is huge. But with that also comes huge responsibility. But let’s look at all of their traits in detail.
What they look like
It’s needless to say that the Great Dane Doberman Mix is a huge dog. They are giants with up to 35 inches in height and weighing over 120 pounds! As you can see these designer dogs are tall and heavily built, but they also have a broad chest and a muscular, but lean body.
Their heads usually look like the Great Danes’, and it’s usually a bit rectangular and long. Their ears are flopped down, although some people like to trim their ears. That’s why you’ll see a lot of pictures of Doberdanes with their ears being erect. To be honest, I wouldn’t do that to my dog, but you have to make the decision for yourself. Do a lot of research on this topic and find a solution you’re comfortable with.
|Height: Males – Between 30 and 35 inches, Females – Between 28 and 30 inches|
|Weight: Males – Between 100 and 140 lbs, Females – Between 95 and 140 lbs|
|Lifespan: 8 to 12 years|
|Colors: Black, brindle, fawn, brown, red|
|Maintenance: Low-maintenance breed; need brushing once a week|
The coat of the Doberdane is short and soft. It’s very sleek and shiny. Because of this, they are low-maintenance dogs. They don’t need a lot of brushing or even regular visits to the groomer. Brush them once a week to keep their coat healthy and shiny.
Possible coat colors are:
You don’t have to bathe them often, once every three months, or when they get super dirty.
But, it’s a good idea to just wipe them down with a wet washcloth when they get a bit dirty. Also, they are droolers, so clean their face well to avoid skin irritation and bacteria accumulation.
What they’re like
The Doberdane might seem intimidating, but they are actually friendly and kind dogs. They can be a bit suspicious and reserved towards strangers though. Because of their Doberman parent breed, these dogs make excellent guard dogs. So, you should monitor them when you’re around strangers.
You can feel safe with the Doberdane. They will do anything to protect their family and home. But don’t worry, they are not aggressive. Generally, they are playful and calm dogs.
Early socialization and training are a must. The Doberman Great Dane mix is an intelligent dog, so you will have to continuously train them, all in order to maintain socialization skills and providing them with mental stimulation.
|The purpose for breeding: Creating a guarding dog, that will be a loyal companion|
|Temperament: Intelligent, loving, calm, loyal, gentle, protective, reserved with strangers|
|Perfect for: Families who have experience in training and socializing a dog; have a lot of space; active families|
|Activity level: Very high, need at least one hour of exercise a day|
It’s also important to note that Doberdanes have a lot of energy. Both its parent breeds are active dogs. Especially the Doberman. So the Doberdane will fit perfectly into an active family that already has experience with owning a dog. This crossbreed needs at least three long walks a day and up to an hour of exercise a day.
They love hikes, visits to the dog park, games of fetch, and Frisbee. You can even take them out for a run! But, don’t forget to provide them with mental stimulation too, you can do that through training sessions.
Crossbreeds are usually much healthier than their parent breeds. But, you shouldn’t rely on that too much. You still have to take good care of your dog in order for them to stay healthy and live a long life. The Doberman Great Dane mix is susceptible to many health problems.
|Major health concerns||Occasional health problems||Rare health problems|
|Wobbler’s syndrome||Skin infections||Cherry eye|
The biggest health concerns are:
- Hip dysplasia – is an abnormal formation of the hip socket that can cause lameness and arthritis of the joints
- Wobbler’s syndrome – a gait in dogs with spinal cord compression in the neck. It causes “floating” steps with the front limbs or a “wobbly” gait in the hind limbs.
Besides this, the Doberdane is prone to allergies and skin infections. Some less common health concerns can be:
- Entropion – an ocular condition that causes the eyelids to roll inward
- Cherry eye – the gland under their third eyelid protrudes and looks like a cherry in the corner of their eye
- Bloat – a serious condition that occurs when a dog’s stomach fills with gas, food, or fluid and subsequently twists.
In conclusion, the Doberman Great Dane mix looks scary and like giants, but they are gentle giants. So, you can expect this dog to be loving and kind.
They are also great with children, but you will have to teach both how to behave with each other. So, don’t only teach your dog what is okay and what is not. But, you will also have to teach your child.
Besides this, don’t let your dog and kid play without you around. It’s not safe, something bad can always happen.