4 Tips for Owning a Great Dane Pitbull Mix
Like most other hybrid dogs, the Great Dane Pitbull mix also has an adorable name- Great Danebull. As is obvious by its dashing title, this dog is a cross between the gigantic yet gentle Great Dane and the stout and staunchly protective Pitbull. The wonderful thing about this hybrid is that it is an undeniably loving and loyal companion.
Are the fears warranted or are people just being overtly cautious?
Although the Pitbull is a misunderstood breed and the Great Dane is most known for its massive size, a cross between the two is perhaps one of the most interesting you will ever come across. People fear mixing the Pitbull’s aggressive tendencies with the Great Dane’s super size and strength. What many do not consider is that along with the so called ‘feared’ traits, desirable ones are also included in the package. They are loyalty, lovingness, a keen sense of intuition, alertness and a strong sense of affection. Those who fear this hybrid cannot seem to get it through their heads that just like any dog, be it a Chihuahua, Labrador or mutt, the Great Danebull needs proper training and socialization to bring out the best of its characteristics. Hence, if you are thinking of adopting this hybrid, there is absolutely nothing to fear if you are going to dedicate the time and effort to train and love it well.
Things you should know before owning a Great Danebull:
Just like buying a car, home or even a new sweater, there are some things that you should know before owning a Great Danebull. Everything from how much space you have and what your budget is for its upkeep, to what it will look like and how much it will weigh, will come into play. Just be sure that you know everything there is to know before opening your home to a pet.
What will my dog look like?
This is perhaps one of the most common questions asked by those who are interested in taking home this mixed breed dog. You can expect your dog to have a long body with less Pitbull-like muscle and more leanness like the Great Dane. You can also expect your dog to be very elegant in its gait due to its long legs. It should have ears that are smaller than a Great Dane’s and lower set like a Pitbull’s. Its tail should slightly curl upward and it should have a short, shiny and smooth coat. As for its size and weight, it could swing either way to represent either the smaller Pitbull or huge Great Dane. Great Danes weigh between 80 to 150 pounds and Pitbulls weight between 30 to 85 pounds so you can expect your hybrid’s weight to range somewhere in between. Either way, you can be sure that your dog will be a large and heavy one.
What are their personalities like?
There is not denying that your hybrid will be an attention seeker. You will be surprised at just how needy Pitbulls and Great Danes are, so you can be sure that your dog will require plenty of attention, love and affection. Expect to give and receive plenty of kisses and cuddles all day long. You should also minimize time spent away from your pet as it will undergo separation anxiety issues if you leave it for long periods at a time, say for a holiday or business trip. You can also expect your dog to not realize just how big it really is and you will find it wanting to curl up on your lap, sleep on your bed and just take up all the space wherever you are. As much as your mixed breed dog loves cuddle time, it will also rejoice at playtime. Be sure to give it over an hour of exercise a day to shed all that excess energy that comes with a creature of that size. No matter what, you have to train and socialize your dog at a very young age before it gets too big and stubborn to listen and learn. The Great Danebull boasts high levels of intelligence so although training sessions will undoubtedly be time consuming, it should be relatively simple, especially if you start young.
Do they suffer from many health problems?
Although these dogs tend to enjoy good health, you need to look into your hybrid’s parents before signing off on anything. Dogs inherit good and bad health traits from its parents so speak to the breeder about common problems that you should look out for. One thing to note is that because this dog has a short coat, you should keep it indoors during winter time or it will fall sick. You should also be sure that you give it sufficient exercise on a daily basis if you want your dog to be healthy. Ideally, exercise time should not be less than an hour a day. Spice it up by playing fetch, walking and running. The more opportunities you give your dog to burn away its excess energy, the less likely it will cause havoc at home. If you feed and treat your pet right, you can count on it to live up to 12 years.
Is this the right pet for me?
Owning a dog of this size is no laughing matter. Before even considering anything else, you have to be sure that you have the space to cater to its needs. Ideally, a large home with a yard will be perfect for the Great Danebull. This does not mean that you do not need to take it out for walks. On the contrary, you need to be sure that along with the yard space, you can dedicate between 60 to 90 minutes a day on exercise and play time. If you cannot do that then do not adopt this dog or any pet for that matter. You also have to realize that training this mixed breed dog will take up plenty of your time, and money if you opt to take the professional route. As loving and attentive as these dogs can be, you have to train and socialize them from a very young age if you want to bring out their positive traits.