July 5, 2008

Will my Great Dane puppy be huge like her parents?

I bought a 6 week old Great Dane puppy, however she was the runt of the litter. Her mom and dad were HUGE, and I would love for her to grow to that size. Does anyone know if she stands a chance to be that big, or do runts typically have a lower growth rate? Also I have owned young Dane's before and I don't remember them being this small at 6 weeks. Thoughts?

First off the puppy at 6 weeks should still be with the breeder. In most states it is illegal to buy, sell, adopt or give away any puppy before it has completed it's 7th week and in some states 8 weeks.No responsible breeder will let a puppy go to it's new home younger then 8 weeks.
To answer your question a runt can grow just as big as all other pups in a litter as long as there are no medical issues such as kidney or heart.
Here is a height and weight chart for Great Dane puppies. Remember though that some will be a bit heavier/taller, some a bit lighter/shorter.
Week 1: 2-3 lbs
Week 2: 3-5 lbs
Week 3: 4-7 lbs
Week 4: 5-8 lbs
Week 6: 10-20 lbs
Month 2: 15-30 lbs (13-17")
Month 3: 30-45 lbs (17-22")
Month 4: 50-65 lbs (21-25")
Month 5: 65-85 lbs (25-30")
Month 6: 70-100 lbs (27-32")
Month 7: 75-110 lbs (27-33")
Month 8: 80-115 lbs. (27-34")
Month 9: 85-120 lbs. (28-34")
One year: 90-135 lbs (28-36")
Full grown: 100-190 lbs (28-38")
For males: 140-170 lbs. & 33-36" is typical.
for females: 110-140 lbs. & 30-33" is typical.

Also remember Danes can grow in height until they are 18 months - 2 years old and can fill out any time from 18 months to 3 years of age. A lot depends on genetics (not just parents but all dogs in the pedigree).
Make sure that you do NOT feed your Dane puppy any puppy food. Feed a good quality adult food that has a protein level of 24% or less. Puppy foods have far too much protein and can cause some very serious growth issues such as HOD. look for foods such as Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover's Soul ADULT large breed formula, Canidae all life stages, Wellness, Solid Gold, Natural Balance, California Natural to name a few good foods. Steer away from foods that contain corn, wheat, soy and beet pulp.These foods can cause allergies, excess gas and other issues in your Dane.

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December 12, 2006

Miriam D @ 2:38 pm

6 weeks is far too young, she should still be with her litter.

I've seen the smallest pup in the litter turn out to be the largest when fully grown, so her size now doesn't mean she'll be small.
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Wild Dog @ 2:40 pm

Runts can be smaller, but any Great Dane will be a biggy. = )

Remember: Lots of exercize, and lots of food. Inadequite diet and vitamins will lead to stunted growth. LOTS of time out doors will also help her grow big and strong.
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witters @ 2:40 pm

I'm sure there wont be any problems. I think Great Danes nearly reach full height at nine months so you wont have long before your puppy turns into a giant.
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ljn331 @ 2:41 pm

The runt is basically the puppy who was conceived last. Since dogs can conceive during the duration of their cycle not all pups birthed will be exactly the same age. Even a difference of a few hours or a day or so is noticeble.

The runt can and may very well grow up to be just as large as the others.

Feed it well and take good care of it and you should see healthy growth.
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Muddy Mae @ 2:43 pm

No doubt. They're a large breed.
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Michelle B @ 2:43 pm

probably most great danes are pretty big!
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msnite1969 @ 2:44 pm

I don't know too much about runts but she'll probably be a big dog even if she is the runt since she is a Great Dane after all!
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treupledFK @ 2:44 pm

it sure will..
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bluelisa13 @ 2:45 pm

Don't despair-my "runt" turned out to be the largest dog in his litter! She will likely be of a comparable size to her parents.
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tizzy @ 2:58 pm

of coarse when she grows up she will that breed is a naturally large breed of animal
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charles o @ 3:07 pm

good chance

BUT, you should find out how many pups were in the litter, the more there were, the smaller the dog

my german shepherd's parents were HUGE police dogs, but they has 12 pups, so my shepherd is pretty small.
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st.lady @ 3:10 pm

I'vee had several runts over the years grow to perfectly normal height and weight. I'v also had them stay slightly smaller. Your dog will be big either way.
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Dane Lover @ 3:12 pm

First off the puppy at 6 weeks should still be with the breeder. In most states it is illegal to buy, sell, adopt or give away any puppy before it has completed it's 7th week and in some states 8 weeks.No responsible breeder will let a puppy go to it's new home younger then 8 weeks.
To answer your question a runt can grow just as big as all other pups in a litter as long as there are no medical issues such as kidney or heart.
Here is a height and weight chart for Great Dane puppies. Remember though that some will be a bit heavier/taller, some a bit lighter/shorter.
Week 1: 2-3 lbs
Week 2: 3-5 lbs
Week 3: 4-7 lbs
Week 4: 5-8 lbs
Week 6: 10-20 lbs
Month 2: 15-30 lbs (13-17")
Month 3: 30-45 lbs (17-22")
Month 4: 50-65 lbs (21-25")
Month 5: 65-85 lbs (25-30")
Month 6: 70-100 lbs (27-32")
Month 7: 75-110 lbs (27-33")
Month 8: 80-115 lbs. (27-34")
Month 9: 85-120 lbs. (28-34")
One year: 90-135 lbs (28-36")
Full grown: 100-190 lbs (28-38")
For males: 140-170 lbs. & 33-36" is typical.
for females: 110-140 lbs. & 30-33" is typical.

Also remember Danes can grow in height until they are 18 months - 2 years old and can fill out any time from 18 months to 3 years of age. A lot depends on genetics (not just parents but all dogs in the pedigree).
Make sure that you do NOT feed your Dane puppy any puppy food. Feed a good quality adult food that has a protein level of 24% or less. Puppy foods have far too much protein and can cause some very serious growth issues such as HOD. look for foods such as Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover's Soul ADULT large breed formula, Canidae all life stages, Wellness, Solid Gold, Natural Balance, California Natural to name a few good foods. Steer away from foods that contain corn, wheat, soy and beet pulp.These foods can cause allergies, excess gas and other issues in your Dane.
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Owned & shown Danes for 25 years, vet tech for 34 years

November 18, 2008

I love Danes @ 1:39 am

Hi my Great Dane is 7 months old, and is a female. she is about 110 pounds 32 inches to the shoulders and is very muscular. is this normal for her to be this big? I have been feeding her puppy food from the vetrinary, and i dont find that it has stunted her growth, but i was also wondering if she would get bigger if i took her off of the puppy food, because her vet said that she should stay on puppy food until she is about 1 year. If anybody could answer my questions i would be ver greatful for your help. thank you very much

January 30, 2009

Sally @ 5:19 pm

Response to 'I Love Great Danes' Great Danes are NOT supposed to EVER eat puppy food. According to research and current theory, Puppy food has higher amounts of protein and calcium that cause them to grow more RAPIDLY and causes their growth-plates to grow TOO big too soon which increases long-term problems. Your vet is not educated on giant-breed specific nutrition information, which is normal since a majority of all vets are only educated on general nutrition information and not breed-specific information.

Your female could be big simply due to genetics but I would bet that the too-high nutrition all-her-life likely shifted her her growth a bit (or a lot) higher than should naturally occur. If you see any early arthritis, joint probs., hip probs., pain or bone-related issues please let us know. The more DOCUMENTED cases of puppy-food caused health issues the stronger this theory becomes!

February 10, 2009

Dheeraj Bhardwaj @ 10:09 am

I have 5 months old Great Dane female. The problem is her growth is not much as compare to other Danes. What should I give her in diet or any suggestion for her growth?

Dheeraj Bhardwaj @ 10:34 am

Her height is 21 inches from the shoulders.

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