This section covers the average and expected growth rate of an excellent Dane. However, you should understand that there are so many factors that influence growth as well as your own dog might slightly deviate from these averages despite the fact that they are healthy.

Here is a detailed chart showing the expected growth, weight and height of a Great Dane at various stages of their life.

From birth, an excellent Dane will continue to mature until the of 2 to 3 three years old. Other Great Danes may be slightly taller over the second and third year and there are certainly others that will pick up bodyweight during this stage.

So if your Great Dane slightly deviate in either direction from the average values provided in the chart you should not be worried. The ultimate size of your Great Dane is dependent on many factors like genetics you might not maintain full control of. Other factors like diet and nutrition also play a significant role in determining the ultimate size of one’s Great Dane.

It is important to give a nutritionally balanced diet for the Great Dane if you wish them to maintain the required slow and steady growth.

The keyword is balanced nutrition. Undernutrition can result in your dog having a low body weight and other diseases that are related to nutrient deficiencies. On the other hand, according to a study on the relation between nutrition and bone growth in large and giant dog breeds like Great Danes concluded that overnutrition in dogs from the bigger breeds exaggerates this tendency to generate osteopenia by increasing the rates of skeletal growth and remodeling of the newly formed cancellous bone.

mantle The next sections will cover more about Great Dane weight, height and some of the factors that influence growth.

As mentioned earlier, there are plenty of factors that influence the ultimate size that your Great Dane can get so you might find yours slightly deviating in either direction from these averages. The real problem and grounds for concern is when your dog is deviating from these averages by much bigger margins.

Great Danes usually grow very big which is one of the reason they were originally bred for hunting. A study on Great Dane history shows that the breed was always large but what really changed was their aggressive temperament to become gentle family dog.

Factors like genetics, gender and nutrition greatly influence the ultimate size of one’s Great Dane but many dogs over the breed will stop growing between the ages of 18 and 24 months old.

When a Great Dane is fully grown a male should not be less than 30 inches at the shoulders, however the preferred size is 32 inches or more and the shoulder size ought to be well proportioned to his height. The female shall not be significantly less than 28 inches at the shoulders, nonetheless it is preferable that she be 30 inches or more, providing she actually is well proportioned to her height.

You can find so many factors that will affect the final weight of one’s Great Dane however the major ones are genetics, gender and nutrition. If your dog slightly deviates from the averages in either direction then there is no need to worry. The real reason behind concern is when your Great Dane is overweight or underweight.

If your Great Dane is underweight this might be considered a symptom of an underlying disease or condition so you will have to work closely together with your veterinarian to determine the root cause. Here are some of the reasons why your dog might have a minimal body weight.