Chances are you’ve never heard of this dog breed before! The Great Danoodle is a rare mix of Great Dane and Standard Poodle, and one of the biggest Doodle-type dogs in the world. Lovable, protective, and taller than the average toddler, the Great Danoodle stops people in their tracks with its size.
In this guide, we’re sharing as much as we can about this little-known mix, and giving you advice for how to find a unique mixed-breed dog like the Great Danoodle.
Meet 5 Great Danoodles from Instagram
Photos simply don’t do the size of Great Danoodles justice, so you’ll just have to trust us when we say these dogs are positively gigantic! While we wish we could personally bring you a Great Danoodle for dramatic effect, we’re settling for sharing five examples of this unique mixed dog breed from Instagram.
Henson—commonly known as Noodle—is a rescued Great Danoodle from Florida! Henson’s mom worked with Florida Poodle Rescue, a regional breed-specific dog rescue committed to finding homes for abandoned, abused, and neglected Poodles and “Poodle-wannabes” since 1994. An absolute goof who loves to do everything with his mom, Henson can be found occupying most of the couch, or on outdoor adventures!
Bonnie is a playful Great Danoodle with a unique look! Bonnie didn’t inherit the curly Poodle fur—instead, she’s sleek and smooth like a Great Dane. Bonnie did get one prominent feature from her Poodle ancestors: a gorgeous fluffy beard!
Meet Archie Padfoot Corrigan or just Archie for short. Archie is exactly 50% Great Dane and 50% Poodle who grew up to look a little bit like an Irish Wolfhound! Archie is a mischievous boy, and his pawrents regularly catch him making a mess, playing with something he shouldn’t, or just finding goofy ways to entertain himself.
4. Captain Marvel
Marvel is a Great Danoodle from Chicago whose parents were a purebred Great Dane and a purebred Poodle. A big, beautiful girl, Marvel grew up fast and was 90 lbs at just 11 months old! Marvel’s unique merle pattern comes from her Great Dane parentage and gives her those beautiful speckles and areas of tri-coloring with gray, white, and black fur.
Duke lives in Gateshead, UK near lots of places to explore outside. Whether it’s trotting through the woods or romping on the beach, Duke is always up for some fun! A lover of humans and dogs, the photo above is of Duke with one of his Staffordshire Bull Terrier friends. To give you an idea of Duke’s size, Staffordshire Bull Terriers typically stand at about 16 inches high, max.
Great Danoodle Basic Info
The Great Danoodle is a relatively new “designer” mixed breed dog that falls into the Doodle category—dogs whose parentage includes Poodle mixed with one or more additional breeds. Great Danoodles are mixes of Great Danes (one of the world’s largest dog breeds) and Standard Poodles. Rare, and usually the result of backyard breeders or accidental litters of puppies, Great Danoodles aren’t a breed you’ll see often.
Great Danoodle Temperament
Breed can be a decent indicator of a dog’s personality and temperament. However, with an unregulated and non-standardized mixed-breed like the Great Danoodle, it can be tough to use breed to predict temperament. This said, there are some common traits shared by both Great Danes and Poodles that also apply to Great Danoodles.
- Loving and affection to family members
- Good with children
- Very playful
- Extreme vigilance and protectiveness
- Moderately high energy
- Require lots of mental stimulation
Great Danoodle Size
When you combine a Standard Poodle (large) with a Great Dane (extra large), you get—you guessed it—a really big dog! Because Great Danoodles are a mix and not a standardized breed, there is some pretty significant variety in the sizes of these dogs.
Most Great Danoodles grow to weigh between 80—120 lbs, and reach heights of around 23—29 inches.
Remember that full grown Great Danes can reach 175+ lbs, and stand as tall as 32 inches, so don’t be surprised if your Danoodle takes up a lot of space.
Great Danoodle Health
Great Danes are known for having a variety of health issues, and are one of the shortest lived breeds. With a life expectancy of just 7—10 years, size is in part to blame for the poor health of Great Danes and Dane mixes.
“It is essential to keep in mind that Great Danes alone are very susceptible to having some health issues. This can cost you a lot of money to treat and can shorten their short life span,” says Lisa from Lover Doodles. A long-time Doodle dog owner, Lisa loves to talk about all things Poodle mix, including the pros and cons of owning Danoodles. “They are more likely to suffer from heart problems because of their size. Also, they often suffer from bone and joint issues.”
Where to Find a Great Danoodle
Because most Danoodles are the result of backyard breeding programs, it’s best not to try to buy one from a breeder. Instead, if you’ve fallen in love with this giant mixed breed, consider searching for rescue groups near you that specialize in Poodles, Great Danes, or Doodles. You might get lucky and find a Great Danoodle, or meet a different mix you fall in love with.
Here’s a quick list of rescues, but we recommend doing your own research to find more resources in your region.
- Doodle Dandy Rescue
- Great Dane Club of America Rescue
- Great Dane Rescue, Inc.
- IDOG Rescue
- Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League
- NorCal Poodle Rescue
- Upper Midwest Great Dane Rescue
Great Danoodle FAQ
Adult Great Danoodles are typically between 23—29 inches tall, and weigh between 80—120 lbs.
Yes! In fact, despite their Poodle ancestry, some Great Danoodles are heavy shedders that drop more fur and dander than the average dog.
There is no official name for a dog whose parentage includes both a Goldendoodle (a mix of Golden Retriever and Poodle) and Great Dane. However, if we follow ordinary naming conventions for Doodle type dogs, these pups would be called Golden Danoodles, Great Golden Doodles, or something similar.
A Danoodle dog is a mix of Great Dane and Poodle, though they some have additional breeds in their ancestral background.
Unfortunately, it’s basically impossible to find a reputable or ethical Great Danoodle breeder. Great Danoodles are not an actual breed, and are usually produced by backyard and home breeders with little experience or knowledge. Because of this, it’s not good practice to purchase Great Danoodles or similar “designer” mixed breed puppies from breeders. Instead, adopt don’t shop!
No! No dogs are hypoallergenic, even Poodles and Doodles that are sometimes marketed as being allergen-free.
A Mini Great Danoodle is a mix of Great Dane and Miniature Poodle, however this is not an official breed.
Great Danoodles can be expected to live between 7—12 years.
The two foods that are super healthy and that almost every single dog loves, even the pickiest dogs, are:
1. The Farmer’s Dog. This is a fresh-frozen food that’s delivered to your home in just the right amounts for your dog. There are a number of fresh frozen dog foods available on the market and I tested them all. The Farmer’s Dog came up the winner with my picky dogs. You can see the fresh frozen food test here.
2. Sundays Food For Dogs. This is an air-dried food. It has the convenience of kibble (just pour it in the bow) but is much much healthier. It’s like little pieces of jerky, so dogs go crazy for it. There are a number of air-dried foods on the market. My dogs tested 3 of them. You can see the results of the air-dried food test here.
3. Supplements: I highly recommend using a supplement on your dog’s food, not matter what you feed them, to ensure the meal is balanced and they are getting all the right supplements to help them stay healthy. The supplement I use is called The One from Front of the Pack. It has 12 ingredients that have been clinically-proven to keep your dog’s joints, skin, heart, digestion, and even their breath in tip-top shape. It’s also a powder, so easy to sprinkle on your dog’s food.
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