Great Dane standing next to a Goldendoodle with a dark blue background and text saying "Golden Danoodle".

Great Dane Goldendoodle Mix: From Giant to Fluffy

With every day comes a new Doodle mix. The Great Dane-Goldendoodle mix happens to be one I stumbled across recently.

I was curious how a mix between the gentle giant Great Dane and the fluffy wild child of a Goldendoodle would turn out.

So, let me briefly introduce you to this unique Doodle breed with a few talking points that I’ll be covering in this article:

  • An overview of the Goldendoodle Great Dane Mix’s history and origin.
  • Their physical appearance, size, and unique characteristics.
  • Important information regarding their temperament and health.

Let’s get started!

What is a Golden Danoodle?

The Golden Danoodle is a cross between the energetic and friendly Goldendoodle and the gentle giant, the Great Dane.

This combination results in a large, lovable companion that will turn heads.

Goldendoodles are known for their intelligence and friendly demeanor, inherited from their Poodle and Golden Retriever parents.

On the other hand, Great Danes are prized for their size, strength, and calm temperament. When these two breeds are combined, you get the best of both worlds in the Golden Danoodle!

As a mixed breed, the Golden Danoodle can vary in appearance. Some may have the curly coat of a Goldendoodle, while others might have a smoother coat similar to a Great Dane.

Their size can range from large to downright massive, depending on the size of their parents.

To get a better understanding of a Golden Danoodle’s physical traits and characteristics, let’s take a look at a quick comparison between the two parent breeds:

GoldendoodleGreat Dane
Weight50-90 lbs110-175 lbs
Height22-26 inches28-32 inches
CoatCurly to wavyShort and smooth
TemperamentFriendly, intelligent, and socialSweet, gentle, and calm

The Golden Danoodle is an exciting and unique addition to the Doodle dog world.

Before we go any further, let’s take a closer look at where the parents of this mix come from!

Great Dane History

As I delved into the history of the Great Danes, I discovered that these gentle giants have an intriguing past.

Although their exact origin remains a mystery, I discovered they might have originated from the ancient Molossus dog breed.

Brindle Great Dane standing outside in the grass on a sunny day with his tongue hanging out.
Great Dane

Arts, literature, and carvings from ancient civilizations, such as Egypt, Greece, and Rome, depict these powerful dogs, suggesting they were historically used as hunting and guard dogs.

Fast forward to the Middle Ages, I learned that Great Danes were bred in Germany to be fearless hunters, especially for wild boar. The breed name “Great Dane” is surprising as it has no ties to Denmark.

The French naturalist Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon, assigned the name “Grand Danois” (Great Dane) in the 1700s, despite the breed being predominantly German.

What particularly excited me about the Great Dane history is their journey from being fierce hunters to loving companion dogs.

In the mid-18th century, the nobility in Europe began keeping these regal dogs as companions and status symbols.

Over generations of breeding, their temperament became more docile, making them better suited for life indoors as family pets.

The Great Dane first gained popularity in the United States in the late 1800s.

I couldn’t help but smile upon learning that one of the most famous Great Danes in the world is Scooby-Doo, the beloved cartoon character.

Today, Great Danes are ranked 19th in popularity amongst all the breeds registered with the American Kennel Club. They are cherished for their kind, affectionate nature and impressive size.

Goldendoodle History

I find the history of the Goldendoodle needs to be more accurate. Like all Doodle breeds, there isn’t a clear beginning to how the breed was created.

I’ve written quite a lot about Goldendoodles over the years. Each time I try to create a factual breed history, I usually end up confused. Their story has a few different sides depending on what source you follow.

Let’s focus on the origins of its parent breeds: the Poodle and the Golden Retriever.

Poodle

Poodles originated in Germany, but they gained massive popularity in France. Poodles were initially bred as working dogs, specifically hunting dogs that could retrieve game from water.

Apricot-colored Standard Poodle wearing a blue collar surrounded by a  peach background.
Standard Poodle

Their iconic curly coat was an asset in this context, as it helped to keep them warm in the cold water.

They come in three sizes: toy, miniature, and standard.

One fun fact about Poodles is that their fame isn’t limited to their adorable appearance and work ethic. They have also played an essential role in developing many Doodle breeds, like our favorite – the Goldendoodle!

Golden Retriever

The equally lovable and hardworking Golden Retriever has its roots in Scotland.

I love the breed’s versatility and friendly nature, which makes them perfect as service dogs, therapy dogs, and family pets.

The breed was developed in the 19th century by Lord Tweedmouth through a breeding program that involved crossing the Tweed Water Spaniel (now extinct) with various other breeds, including Irish Setters and Bloodhounds.

Golden Retrievers gained popularity in the United States in the early 20th century, and it’s no wonder they’re now one of the most beloved dog breeds!

Their silky golden coat and happy demeanor make them instant favorites among dog lovers.

So, the Goldendoodle is a delightful combination of the best qualities of the Poodle and the Golden Retriever.

Now, let’s learn more about the other facets of the Goldendoodle-Great Dane Mix!

Physical Characteristics

I have never seen a Goldendoodle-Great Dane mix in person, but I could imagine they are a sight to behold.

Mixing the fluffy coat of a Goldendoodle with the massive frame of a Great Dane has resulted in a one-of-a-kind dog.

Size and Weight

The Golden Danoodle can stand between 22 to 32 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh anywhere from 60 to 175 pounds, depending on their genetics and diet.

Here’s a breakdown of their size and weight range:

HeightWeight
22-32 inches60-175 pounds
*Adult size is dependent on gender, generation, and lifestyle.

As you can see, they are not tiny dogs, and their massive size adds to their charm and appeal.

Coat and Colors

The coat and colors of the Goldendoodle-Great Dane mix vary based on their parentage.

They may inherit a wavy or curly coat from their Goldendoodle parent or a sleek, short coat from their Great Dane parent.

These variations lead to a unique look that sets the breed apart.

As for colors, there’s ample variety as well. The most common coat colors include black, brindle, fawn, apricot, cream, or even a mix of these shades.

Here’s a list of a few coat colors you may come across:

  • Black 
  • Brindle
  • Fawn 
  • Apricot 
  • Cream 
  • Harlequin
  • Merle
  • Mantle
  • Golden
  • Blue
  • Red
  • Chocolate
  • Grey
  • White
  • Silver
  • Tricolor, bicolor, and other combinations.

The color of their coat will highly depend on the parent’s coloring. They may have genes for unique coats such as merle or harlequin.

Traits & Characteristics

Below is a summary of the different traits of the Great Dane-Goldendoodle mix.

Infographic showing the different traits and characteristics of the Great Dane-Goldendoodle mix.

Personality and Temperament

In this section, I will explore the various traits and characteristics of the Great Dane-Goldendoodle mix.

Behavior

The Goldendoodle-Great Dane mix would be an absolute joy to have around. They have inherited the playful, friendly nature of the Goldendoodle and the gentle, loving temperament of the Great Dane, creating a delightful combination of traits.

These dogs are intelligent and should be easy to train, respond well to positive reinforcement, and quickly master new commands.

They are typically well-behaved but, like any dog, can have moments of stubbornness or mischief. Consistency and patience are key when dealing with such charming personality quirks.

Social Interaction

Both the Goldendoodle and the Great Dane are social dogs. The Goldendoodle is more of a social butterfly than the Great Dane.

Their friendly disposition makes them great with children, other dogs, and even cats. While their size can be intimidating to some, they are truly gentle giants with hearts of gold.

They enjoy making new friends and being the life of the party in dog parks or social gatherings.

I’ve found that early socialization is essential to help puppies grow into well-adjusted adults.

Regular interaction with various people and animals has helped my dog become a confident, sociable companion.

Energy Level

Despite their size, Golden Danoodles have a moderate energy level. They enjoy daily walks, playtime, and mental stimulation from training sessions or puzzle toys.

An average of 30-45 minutes of exercise daily keeps my furry friend happy and healthy.

It is essential to monitor their activity, as overexertion can stress their large frames, especially during the developmental stages.

Common Health Issues

I want to share some vital information about the possible health issues that a Goldendoodle-Great Dane mix might face.

As a hybrid dogs, they benefit from having a reduced risk of inheriting breed-specific diseases. However, this doesn’t mean they’re immune from health problems.

There are some common health issues that these dogs might experience. Let’s take a closer look:

Hip Dysplasia: I found out that this breed is prone to hip dysplasia, a genetic condition that affects the hip joint, causing pain and mobility issues.

Heart Problems: Some Goldendoodle-Great Dane mix dogs may be at risk for heart problems, such as dilated cardiomyopathy or heart murmurs, but treatments are available to manage these conditions. Always have regular vet checkups to monitor any possible heart-related issues.

Allergies and Skin Issues: This breed may also be prone to allergies and skin issues.

Gastric Torsion (Bloat): Large breeds, such as the Goldendoodle-Great Dane mix, are at risk for bloat, a life-threatening condition. To help prevent this, you should feed your dog small, frequent meals and avoid heavy exercise right after eating.

These are just a few examples of the health concerns that a Goldendoodle-Great Dane mix may face.

How long does a Great Dane-Goldendoodle mix live?

The Great Dane-Goldendoodle mix has a lifespan that ranges from 8 to 12 years.

This is the average life between the three dog breeds in the Golden Danoodle breed. It is entirely possible for them to live longer.

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Great Dane next to a Goldendoodle with text saying "Goldendoodle Great Dane Mix". Pink background and white text.


Kevin is a proud Bernedoodle owner and Doodle dog fanatic. Read how a chance encounter with two Bernedoodles spurred a lifelong passion here. If you want to get in contact with Kevin, you can send him a message.