Great Dane and Pitbull Mix A Complete Guide

Great Dane and Pitbull Mix

Both Pitbulls and Great Danes have changed jobs in their lifetime. They’ve gone from hunters and bullfighters to loving family dogs that also do an admirable job as watchdogs.

After that, though, the similarities end. While Pitbulls are medium to large dogs, Great Danes are easily large to even extra-large dogs. So what does a combination of these two dogs look like?

A Great Danebull is a large dog. They are a designer breed and have a lot of variability when it comes to temperament, looks, and size.

However, they tend to lean more on the positive traits of their parents, giving you loving, sweet lap dogs that are lazy most of the time, but more than eager to go on a walk with their owners at any point. 

Keep reading to learn more about the Great Dane, Pitbull, and their offspring, the Great Danebull.

Great Dane, Pitbull, and Great Danebull Comparison Table

  Great Dane Great Danebull Pitbull
Height 28-32 inches 24-28 inches 17-21 inches
Weight 110-175 pounds 60-90 pounds 30-60 pounds
Life Expectancy 7-10 years 10-14 years 8-15 years
Colors Black Blue Brindle Chocolate Fawn Harlequin Merle Silver White Mantle Merlequin Brindle Sable Black White Blue Fawn Red Brown Red Buckskin Black White Brindle Fawn Tan Grey Blue Brown
Coat Type Smooth Short length Dense coat with medium length Smooth with short length, single coat
Affection levels Very loving Very loving Very loving
Shedding Level Average shedding Average shedding Average shedding
Temperament Pretty playful Very protective Pretty playful Fairly protective Pretty playful Average protectiveness
Health Issues Bloat Hip dysplasia Heart conditions Eye disorders Hypothyroidism Autoimmune thyroiditis Bloat Hip dysplasia Hypothyroidism Allergies Hip dysplasia Degenerative myelopathy Patellar dislocation Mange and skin allergies
Trainability Average trainability Average trainability Pretty trainable
Exercise Average exercise needs Average exercise needs High exercise needs
Friendliness to People Alright with strangers Alright with strangers Pretty open to strangers
Friendliness to Dogs Alright with other dogs Alright with other dogs Alright with other dogs
Drooling Levels Greater drooling Average drooling Average drooling
Mental Stimulation Higher mental stimulation Average mental stimulation Average mental stimulation
Barking Level Average barking Some barking Some barking
Great Dane, Pitbull, and Great Danebull Comparison Table

About Great Danes

About Great Danes
Great Dane Dog

Great Danes are enormous, weighing up to 175 pounds and standing at a height of up to 32 inches. A dog that big can be intimidating, but with Great Danes, there is no need to fear.

They are known as some of the gentlest giants in the dog world and make excellent companions. They are sweet, loving, affectionate, and gentle. As long as they have enough space they are wonderful dogs to have.

Great Danes are classed as working dogs, along with German Shepherds, Poodles, and Labrador Retrievers. Great Danes have a long history as boar hunters, as that is what they were originally bred to do. However, boar-hunting dogs need to be aggressive and focused.

To make good family dogs, that fierceness had to be bred out of them. For this reason, Great Danes are no longer hunting dogs. So despite still being classed as working dogs, they do better as more of a home and family companion now.

Though they are a large breed, they don’t need as much exercise or food as you may expect. They enjoy running around and playing, but it isn’t a requirement, and a few walks can be more than enough. They do have a pretty specific diet if you want them to be healthy and avoid health issues.

It is also recommended that Great Danes don’t get a lot of strenuous exercise until they reach physical maturity, which can take around 18 months. This allows their bones to solidify and reduces any chances of injury.

About Pitbulls

About Pitbulls
Pitbull Dog

Pitbulls are hard dogs to categorize. The American Kennel Club does not classify them as a proper breed.

The term Pitbull is more of a broad category, instead of a singular breed, such as you would find with spitz-type dogs or working dogs. This can make it hard to categorize and define what recognized breeds are, indeed, Pitbulls.

However, the breeds clumped under the Pitbull tag do have some similarities. They are usually between 17 and 21 inches tall and weigh around 45 pounds. The four dogs that typically fall under the Pitbull category are:

  • American Bully
  • American Staffordshire Terrier
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • American Pitbull Terrier

These are the four official breeds that fall under Pitbull, but there are many other dogs that people regularly lump under the breed. However, according to the American Kennel Club, these are the only four dogs that are classified as Pitbulls.

Generally, a short fur coat with a large, broad head and a muscular build is associated with Pitbulls. They usually are also protective and staunch supporters of their owners.

Though the direct ancestor of Pitbulls isn’t definitively known, they are often thought to be descendants of bullfighting dogs.

Due to their strong loyalty, these ancestors would be more than happy to help fight a bull as a show. When the fights were banned due to being too inhumane, they became more of a family and protector dog.

About The Great Danebull Dog Mix

Great Dane Pitbull mixes are often enjoyable dogs. With Pitbulls being devoted and loving and Great Danes being sweet and patient, you can get one of the best family dogs out there.

Great Danebulls are designer dogs, not regularly or purposefully bred often, so they are pretty variable in terms of personality, size, and appearance. 

They come in a wide range of colors, anywhere from silver to chocolate to fawn, so you never quite know what you are getting.

They tend to look a little more fierce, with a mix of Pitbull and Great Dane appearances. Many people find both of these dogs intimidating, so it is safe to assume that a mix would look even more fearsome. 

How much space do I need for my Great Danebull?

Pitbulls are often medium to large dogs, while Great Danes fall into the large and extra-large categories.

Though with mixed breeds, you can get any mix of sizes, it is safe to assume that you will likely have a pretty big dog on your hands. The average size is between 60 and 90 pounds and 24 to 28 inches. 

The Great Danebull will not do well in small apartments or homes. They are very gentle giants, but they do need a lot of space to maneuver, or they risk knocking over quite a bit of stuff whenever they turn around or move. 

Having a yard is ideal as well, so they have an area they can run around without having to be considerate about knocking over items or bumping into furniture. 


Great Danebulls are an incredible dog breed to have. They still have a lot of variability to them. However, they tend to get the best out of their parent breeds and are sweet, loving, and loyal. 

It is important to note that they are still large dogs, even if they don’t get up to the size that Great Danes do.

They need a lot of space to just walk around, much less to live in and stretch out. A large home with a big yard works best for these dogs so that they can live a good life without feeling cramped.