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Great Shepherd (Great Dane x German Shepherd)

These large dogs owe their lineage to two unique breeds, one known for its gentle and protective nature, and the other famed for its excellent working skills and alert disposition. With the German Shepherd as one of its parents, this breed shows a reserved attitude while interacting with strangers, emerging as an adept guard and watchdog. They could inherit their parent’s separation anxiety, resorting to destructive behaviour, when left alone for a long span.

Great Shepherd

Dog Profile

Other Names Dane Shepherd, Shepherd Dane mix
Breed Registry Details IDCR
Common Physical Features Muscular built; long body; erect or upright ears; bright, almond-shaped eyes; long legs
Coat Type Short, smooth and glossy (as the Great Dane); Hard, double coat (as the German Shepherd)
Colours Black, merle, brown, white, hazel, brindle, fawn, blue
Life Expectancy 8-13 years
Size Big
Height Male and Female: 71-76 cm
Weight Male: 30-45 kg; Female: 30-50 kg
Litter Size 4-6 puppies
Personality Protective, patient, laidback, curious, playful
Kids-Friendly Yes
Animal-Friendly Yes (will improve more with proper socialization)
Climate Compatibility Moderate (could exhibit heat intolerance like the German Shepherd)
Care Level High
Exercise Requirements High:  Walking (60 minutes a day); Jogging (10-15 minutes)
Grooming Needs High to Moderate
Coat Brushing Regular (Once a day)
Bathing Occasional (Once a month); Frequent (Three to four times a day during shedding season)
Eyes and Ears Cleaning Frequent (Once a week)
Brushing of Teeth Regular or Frequent (Once a day or three to four times a week)
Nail Clipping Frequent (Once in every two weeks)
Adults 4.5-6 cups dry dog food per day
Puppies ½-1 ½ cup puppy food at two months, with the amount increasing till it is two years old
Hypoallergenic No
Barking Capacity Minimal (if it takes more to the Greta Dane’s side); Excessive (like the German Shepherd known for their noisy nature)
Trainability High to Moderate
Common Health Problems Hip dysplasia, allergies, heart and eye problems
Origin USA

Suitable Names for a Great Shepherd


  • Bruno
  • Shambo
  • Rambo
  • Roxie
  • Boris


  • Sheeba
  • Pixie
  • Sheena
  • Emma
  • Shanaya

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