Two gentle giants crossed together will quite obviously give another gentle giant. This is the best way to describe the Great Dane-Mastiff mix breed. A near perfect dog to have as a pet, the only constraint may be its big size. DogAppy provides some pictures and facts about the awesome hybrid that is the Daniff.
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The Great Dane-Mastiff mix breed is recognized as the Daniff by American Canine Hybrid Club and the International Designer Canine Registry, and as the Great Daniff by the Designer Dogs Kennel Club and Designer Breed Registry. It is also known as the Mastadane.
Dog families love their dogs, and the dogs return this love back manifold. But when the said dog is a huge fellow with a love for laps and licks, the experience is something different altogether. The Daniff is one such breed. A cross between the Great Dane and the Mastiff, this giant pooch is an absolute sweetheart that loves its family to bits and will do anything for them. It loves to be around living and moving beings, both two-legged and four-legged. Also prone to separation anxiety, it does not like to be away from its family for long periods of time.
It has a love for activity and can’t seem to sit still for long. The best thing about this dog is its friendly yet protective nature, that makes it an excellent family dog and companion. The only problem is that it needs a lot of space as a must; it absolutely cannot do in small apartments. Otherwise, it is perfect in all other aspects. The following paragraphs provide some information about the wonderful Great Dane-Mastiff mix breed.
This dog is very, very big in size; a Daniff can grow well over 30 inches, with the height range being between 30 to 34 inches. It is a pretty heavy dog too, weighing between 115 to 130 pounds, sometimes more. Being a mix breed, it is very difficult to ascertain a puppy’s coat color and pattern. The coat colors come in a wide variety, ranging from white, black, and brown, to fawn, merle, brindle, and spotted. The texture of the coat is smooth, and the length is short. The ears are long and floppy, while the tail is long and slightly curved. The built of a Daniff is in between a Dane and a Mastiff. It is neither too bulky nor too slim; it is more muscular than a Dane. It has long legs and big paws. A giant of a dog that gives giant love, you can say.
❑ Personality Traits
The Daniff is a very affectionate breed. It loves everything! People, other animals, you name it. It is very playful, energetic, and always full of positivity. It is extremely loyal to its family and is very protective. It is a good family dog as it loves to be around children. It requires a family that is active and likes the outdoors. This dog has a naturally curious nature, and it is also very intelligent. It has an even temperament and easy-going nature. It makes for a good watchdog, as it barks only when it finds a reason. However, it needs socializing from an early age to prevent any future behavioral problems; these are very important to avoid, especially in such a big breed.
Being big in size, the Daniff needs proportionately more food. However, the meals must be spaced out to 3 to 4 times a day. Always consult your vet and chalk up a diet plan for your pet, as he/she will be able to tell you the exact quantity of food to be fed to your dog, and the frequencies of the same. Good-quality dog food is usually the way to go.
One advantage of having a Daniff as a pet is that this dog is a low shedder. You need to brush the coat only once or twice a week. A bath is to be given only when required, and not on a regular basis. This dog tends to drool lesser than a Dane or a Mastiff. So that’s also a plus point.
Being intelligent, the Daniff is not that difficult to train. However, it is also prone to being stubborn on a few occasions. This is a very loving breed, but you may experience episodes of your dog being very headstrong. It responds to gentle training, so yelling or strictness will not get you anywhere. Hence, be nice! Positive reinforcement and award systems work. Keep a bag of treats nearby and praise your dog in a genuine “Now who’s a good dog? … Yes, you are. Oh yes, you are …” voice.
A walk or jog, twice a day, is important for this breed. As it is quite active by nature, it needs to spend all the energy that it has. If its energy receives no outlet, then be prepared to face the consequent destruction that your dog may cause to its surroundings. Just like we get bored, so do dogs; and chewing objects seems like the best way for them to express it.
❑ Living Conditions
Now it’s quite obvious that you cannot keep such a large dog in an apartment. The Daniff does best in a big house with a yard. However, if you live in a big apartment and have a dog park or open space nearby, and you take your dog for a run every day, then it may work. But a large space is a must for this dog, as it needs to move its giant self around comfortably.
There are no known major health problems that a Daniff faces. Allergies, bone issues, dental issues, or eye issues are practically non-existent. However, it may experience bloating, just like the Great Dane. The lifespan of this breed is more than the Dane’s. A Daniff generally lives between 9 to 11 years of age, but some dogs may also live longer.
You must have guessed by now that the Daniff is a very special dog to have as a pet. If you are willing to provide it with the little extra care that it needs, you will never regret your decision to make a Daniff a member of your family. It will fill your life with joy with its positive attitude and loving nature.