About the Daniff
The Daniff is a hybrid dog that is made up of a combination of two different purebreeds. It's a cross between the Great Dane and the Mastiff. We've found the best method for understanding the characteristics of the Daniff is to read both of its ancestors descriptions taking note of their temperaments, size and general look.
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Usually closer in appearance to a Great Dane, but with a much thicker body, like a mastiff.
The Daniff is a sensitive breed that responds well to gentle authority given its sensitive nature. A Daniff requires the presence and approval of its owner and may be very co-dependent. While this breeds size is fitting for the outdoors, it very much longs to be indoors and near its owners. Neglect and aggression can cause severe anxiety which may cause this breed to become destructive. Daniffs are protective by nature. In most situations it will give warning and alert barks but will never attack. It will use its large appearance to ward off intruders. Daniffs make excellent family dogs and are very loyal. Daniffs have an uncanny sense of perception and very willingly accept invited guests into the home, but will be alert with strangers. Its size and muscle structure make it very athletic and an ideal addition for an active family. The mature size and strength of a Daniff can be quite imposing for this reason alone the breed should not be considered a dog for beginning owners.
How tall is the Daniff at its shoulders?
As with all hybrids, the appearance and size of a Daniff is representative of the sire and dam and their ancestry. Puppies from AKC parents (again consider the parents adherence to the breed standard) will normally be much larger than the average puppy, 3 to 4 pounds at birth. Male Daniffs, at the end of their first year, will be between 30-32 inches tall and the female will be proportionally smaller. Daniffs, like most giant breeds, do not reach their full adult size until the end of their second year. At the point expect males to be about 32-34 inches tall at the shoulder. Normal weight for a male should be between 115lbs and 130lbs and females will be proportionately smaller. Care should be given so that a Daniffs weight does not exceed 135lbs as this could potentially cause health problems.
As with any large breed, Daniffs are prone to hip dysplasia and bloat.
They are very low maintenance. They will require a weekly brushing.
A large yard, or farm would be ideal. Daniffs can live in smaller homes/ apartments if given the right amount of exercise.
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I just recently had to put my Mastiff down. I had heard about the Daniff and had started research on them but still have a few questions that I hope can be cleared up. Depending on the pictures I see there are tall looking Mastiffs...Asked by Anonymous - Array answers
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Do daniffs slobber as much as mastiffs or do they slobber as much as a great dane?Asked by Anonymous - Array answers