The Doberdane is a not a pure dog breed, but a designer dog breed, which is just another term for a crossbreed. The ancestors of the Doberdanes are two large and loyal dogs, the Doberman and Great Dane.
Just like majority of crossbreeds, even the Doberdane is rather newer creation. Since both of its parent breeds, the Doberman and Great Dane, have its roots in Germany, it is possible that unintentional crosses could have existed for decades, but it is believed that it was only approximately 20 or 30 years ago when these two dogs were crossed with the intention of creating a completely new breed.
The Doberdane can look intimidating, but they are actually amazing companions, most often pretty gentle, loving and friendly towards itw own family. Since the Doberman is known as one of the best guarding dogs on this planet, many Doberdanes are alert and reserved with strangers they do not know, but this is vastly influenced by early socialization. Doberdanes can typically live with other dogs in the family and they can be good playful partners for older kids, but of course, you should never leave any dog breed with a very young child unsupervised.
4) Working dogs
Most of the Doberdanes are companion dogs, but with some training, they can serve as good guards as well. They are not as agile and athletic as pure Dobermans, but their larger size should be intimidating enough for any intruders. Some of them have some natural protective instints, but as i said, these dogs are most often used only as companions and family pets, rather than real guarding dogs.
The appearance of most crossbreeds is pretty unpredictable and even one Doberdane can differ quite a lot from other Doberdane. But they should share some appearance characteristics, which are muscular and relatively long body, broad chest, long strong legs and heavy bones. The head is very often similar to Great Danes head, but longer and rectangular. The eyes should have dark color and the ears are most often flopped.
The Great Dane is considered one of the two largest dog breeds on the planet, next to the Irish Wolfhound, so it should not be surprising, that even the Doberdane is very large, strong and powerful dog. Its height is typically around 30-32 inch, which is 76-81 cm and weight is usually between 100-140 lbs, which is 45-63 kg. Females tend to be slightly smaller than males.
7) Coat and color
The coat is usually short and straight with medium density and typically also smooth and glossy. Most often, you will find these dogs in black color, but they can be also found in brown, fawn, red and rarely even blue.
Speaking of the coat, it is important to mention the maintenance and grooming as well and luckily it is quite easy with the Doberdane. They do shed some deal of fur all year long, but it is nothing terrible and ocassional brushing is beneficial, as it will remove any loose hair and dirt from the coat. No other grooming is required and these dogs will keep its coat in great condition even by themselves. Just like with any other breed, you should regularly check their eyes, ears, nails and teeth and clip them or clean them if needed.
9) Warlock Doberman
Doberdanes are very often offered by some backyard breeders as large version of purebred Dobermans. They call these Doberdanes as Warlock, Goliath or King Dobermans, but you should never support these breeders. If you want to buy a Doberdane, you should buy it from a person who clearly say it is a Doberman and Great Dane mix, or they call them as Doberdanes.
Sadly, just like almost all the giant breeds, even the Doberdanes are prone to some serious health issues and they have rather shorter lifespans, around 10 years. The biggest concerns are joint problems, such as hip dysplasia, eye conditions such as entropion and cherry eye or bloating, which is also very typical for large breeds. But the Doberdane should be a healthier dog than the purebred Great Dane.