Species group: Mixed Breeds
Other name(s): Great Danebull
RightPet does not advocate the intentional cross-breeding of purebred dogs. But the reality is that most dogs available for adoption at shelters and rescues are mixed breeds. We think it might be helpful to hear from owners of these mixes to see what traits can be found in these dogs who are desperately needing homes.
The first generation Great Danebull is a cross between a pure American Pit Bull Terrier and a pure Great Dane, although subsequent generations may have different proportions of the two breeds in the mix. This so-called designer hybrid is intended to create an intimidating-looking watchdog that is a true gentle giant to its family. However, this outcome isn't guaranteed without early and consistent training.
Appearance / health:
It's impossible to predict the exact traits inherited by a mixed-breed dog, but the Great Danebull tends to be huge and muscular. Most people will be able to recognize most individuals as APBT mixes. You will need to confirm with your local law and your insurer that you're allowed to own this dog, because this giant isn't going to fly under the radar.
Behavior / temperament:
While it's impossible to predict the exact personality of any mixed-breed dog, the Great Danebull can be a giant lovebug toward its family IF you are a calm, consistent, and responsible owner who knows how to socialize a large protector. If you are uncertain of your skills, consider working with an experienced trainer to get the best out of this mix.
"My family bought two mini rat terriers, brother and sister. The brother was the runt so we couldn't leave him alone in the pen when we went to buy his sister. They turned out to be pretty great family pets! They were small and energetic, great with kids, and not very destructive. They were extremely vocal and chased anything that moved. We did have to watch out for them when we were leaving the house because of their size and the fact that they liked to hang out under the cars when it was hot outside. They were not too difficult to potty train, but sometimes they would have accidents in the house if not monitored. Overall, we were happy with both of them and they made great additions to our family of pets.."
From bdani06 Jun 6 2015 2:37PM
"This rat terrier has been a hilarious companion. She gets along well with other dogs, but is extremely protective of me and guards me (which we're trying to break). She's shy around new people, and would prefer to sniff them but not be touched. She's NEVER been aggressive but would very much rather be around "her people". She loves all members of our pack (family) but is essentially a one person dog. If she has the choice, she will always choose to be with me. She's extremely athletic and plays soccer like a champ. She fetches balls and plays tug, and loves to chase things. Her hunting/chasing instinct is STRONG, so being on a lead is essential. If there is a bunny in our yard, it won't be there for long. She is FAST. I've done my best to rabbit proof the yard, but she has had 47 kills in 3 years. They seem to get in no matter what. She is fearless when trying new skills or tasks and trusts me completely. She will leap into my arms and expect me to catch her. This is the most loyal breed I've ever owned. She loves to play and is kind of wild sometimes, but when it's time to relax, she settles in nicely and is happy to lay with you on the couch. She has never been to the vet for anything except vaccinations and routine care. So far she has been extremely healthy, and extremely easy to groom. I brush her occasionally to remove some hair, and bathe her only when she starts smelling like a dog (which is only every other month or so)."
From Oceans24 Aug 14 2015 8:20AM