The Great Danoodle: A Complete Guide

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When setting out to select a dog breed that is right for you, successfully integrating a seamless fit between you and your dog’s personality and lifestyle is a must.

A little thoughtful research into this area can result in a satisfying and fulfilling owner/pet relationship.

Combining two rather prolific and well-celebrated dog breeds, the Great Danoodle is a crossbreed between a purebred Great Dane and Standard Poodle.

Today, all the rage is taking two purebred breeds of dogs with differing characteristics and combining them with the intent of extracting the more valued and desired traits.

The Great Danoodle is a large family dog that is intelligent, loyal and sociable while offering a high level of protection due to its ample size.

In addition to providing security; their friendly, well-mannered and appealing modest temperament is a highly prized asset, especially within a family setting.

Regardless of the dog breed’s pre-advertised dominant characteristics and traits, it is always a good idea to carefully examine the puppy’s behaviors and attempt to determine if there is any extreme deviation from the norm.

The Great Danoodle Puppies – Before You Buy…

Great Danoodle in snow
The Great Danoodle is a highly intelligent dog breed.

Chances are your heart will melt when you lay eyes on that adorably cute Great Danoodle puppy.

However, before you rush off and take it home, it is in both you and the animal’s best interests to familiarize yourself with some basic first-time dog buyer information.

One of the most common mistakes made by potential puppy dog buyers is making that ill-advised impulse purchase and then not having the time, nor resources, to properly provide for the animal.

The following is a list of the most common questions asked by dog buyers:

What Price are Great Danoodle Puppies?

The Great Danoodle is one of the pricier crossbreeds with average new puppy prices ranging from $750.00 to $1,500.00.

In addition to pedigree, price differences can be reflected by reputation and location of the breeder. Since this is not a standard breed, be ready to expend some effort in locating this type of dog.

Due to the somewhat wide price range between the low and high end, it is a good idea not only to shop around but to also negotiate for the best possible deal.

Since the Great Danoodle is one of the more expensive breeds on the market, doing some due diligence may end up saving you a few hundred dollars.

Don’t forget; there are also the medical and daily maintenance costs involved with pet ownership.

How to Find Reputable Great Danoodle Breeders?

Compared to more recently hybrid dog breeds, the Great Danoodle has probably been bred since the early 1900s, making it a more stable entry in this field.

As such, it is still a rather sought after rare breed and acquiring one can be somewhat challenging and time-consuming.

Dedication and perseverance will net positive results, so be prepared to browse through multiple classified dog ads and dog breeding networks and outlets to find this particular breed.

And once you do find what you are looking for, make sure to accumulate as much information as possible about the dog’s parents and the breeder.

3 Little-Known Facts of Great Danoodle Puppies

  1. The Great Danoodle was probably bred for the first time in the early 1900s, making for one of the more stable crossbreeds.
  2. The wavy and thick coat of the Great Danoodle can come in many lengths and color combinations. The breed has solid and multi-color combinations of black, white, blue, fawn, apricot, cream, grey, red, silver, and beige. Therefore, when selecting one, your choice of colors are far from limited.
  3. The Great Dane originates back to 3000 B.C., as evidenced by drawings that have been found in ancient Babylonian temples.

Physical Traits of the Great Danoodle

Tired Great Danoodle
The Great Danoodle is very sociable.

The Great Danoodle proudly displays a large rectangular head (Great Dane) with small floppy ears (Poodle) and a slightly tapered muzzle.

Featuring deep-set eyes, they are known for having an alert and profoundly intellectual facial expression.

The thick wavy coat of the Great Danoodle can come in many lengths and color combinations.

The breed has solid and multi-color combinations of black, white, blue, fawn, apricot, cream, grey, red, silver, and beige.

Therefore, when selecting one, your choice of colors are far from limited.

How Big is a Full-Grown Great Danoodle?

The Great Danoodle is classified as a large dog breed, usually weighing between 80-100 pounds and growing to a height of 23-27 inches.

From a genetic standpoint, this makes perfect sense since its size is derived from not only the massive Great Dane but also the largest of the Poodles, the Standard.

Due to its large size, it is best for the well being of this breed to live in an environment where a large yard or tract of land is readily available.

Naturally, this becomes rather obvious when one realizes that both the Great Dane and Poodle were initially bred as hunting dogs, who are at peak contentment when provided with a spacious unrestrained outdoor setting to explore.

What Is the Life Expectancy of the Great Danoodle?

With a pedestrian life expectancy of 8-13 years, the Great Danoodle’s mortality does not quite rival some of the longest living canines.

Regardless of life expectancy, it is important to note that a dog’s activity, diet, a mental state of mind and social interaction all play a vital role in increasing the chances for longer and healthier life.

And since the dog is not a self-sufficient creature, this is where the dog owner needs to step up and ensure the dog is properly provided, giving it a fighting chance for a long and healthy existence.

The more you know about your dog, the better you will be able to satisfy its needs.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Great Danoodle

Great Danoodle gaze
The Great Danoodle is an incredibly obedient dog breed.

The high intelligence rates of both the Great Dane and Poodle pay off massive dividends for the Great Danoodle, a breed which derives a great deal of satisfaction from displaying loyalty and pleasing its owner.

As a result of these valued traits, the breed is well suited for both obedience training and alertly responding to commands.

The Great Danoodle is a mild-mannered socially active dog breed that loves and trusts humans unconditionally.

The downside to this is that they can experience separation anxiety if left alone for too long, becoming either depressed or destructive.

Therefore, for the sake of the animal’s health (mental and physical) and the preservation of your home’s furnishings, a dedicated amount of quality time and attention needs to be supplied by the owner.

This dog breed is not suitable for those who work long hours or are away from home for extended periods of time.

The Great Danoodle’s Diet

Although they have a modest disposition, there is nothing modest about the amount of food the Great Danoodle requires to feed its large body, obtain proper nutrition and maintain its health.

Due to its ability to eat a great deal of food, a certain amount of vigilance is required to make sure the dog does not gain weight by overeating.

It is recommended that you feed your dog five cups of quality dry dog feed per day, spreading out the total amount into a couple of servings per day.

At approximately $3.00 per day and $90.00 per month, the cost of food can become a determining factor when deciding on this breed.

How Much Exercise Does The Great Danoodle Need?

Regardless of breed, all dogs require a regular exercise program to stay happy and healthy.

The Great Danoodle is no exception, as the breed needs two or three solid walks or play outings per day consisting of about an hour per day.

Although the breed is well adept at handling all types of environmental conditions, overexposure to extreme heat and extreme cold can be hazardous to the animal.

To reiterate, due to its larger size, this breed is better off having a piece of real estate to roam on, such as a large yard or undeveloped parcel of land.

It will instinctively chase smaller animals, but without the intent of causing them harm.

The Great Danoodle Health and Conditions

Although it is an area often overlooked, your breed’s potential health issues play an essential role in determining the level of satisfaction derived from your pet-owning experience.

The emotional distress and financial liability caused by a much loved ill pet can at times seem overwhelming.

Potential significant health problems for the Great Danoodle include, but are not limited to, Addison’s Disease, Cushing’s Disease, bloat, epilepsy, Von Willebrand’s Disease, cancer, and heart issues.

Additional health issues include eye disorders, skin disorders, joint dysplasia, patellar luxation and development problems.

In addition to a healthy diet and daily activity, a trip to the veterinarian is recommended for checkups and vaccinations.

For most healthy breeds, an annual visit should suffice to monitor your pet properly. Of course, if you notice anything out of the ordinary, it is best to seek immediate medical attention.

My Final Thoughts on The Great DanoodleGreat Danoodle guide

Due to its superior intelligence, large size and predisposed tendency to become emotionally attached to its owner, the Great Danoodle breed is not for everybody.

This dog breed requires an extremely responsible owner who has both the allotted time and space for the animal.

The breed’s gentle disposition, combined with a guard dog mentality makes this breed one to consider for those who are in the market for a fiercely loyal family pet.

Therefore, if you are a family person and live in a home with a decent sized yard, a further examination of this breed may be in order.

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