This section covers the common and expected growth rate of a Great Dane. However, you should remember that you can find so many factors that influence growth as well as your own dog might slightly deviate from these averages even though they are healthy.

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

From birth, a Great Dane will continue steadily to mature until the of 2-3 3 years old. Other Great Danes could be slightly taller over the second and third year and there are 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 ought not be worried. The ultimate size of your Great Dane would depend on many factors like genetics you might not maintain full control of. Other factors like diet and nutrition also play a major role in determining the ultimate size of one’s Great Dane.

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

The keyword is balanced nutrition. Undernutrition can cause your dog having a minimal body weight and other diseases that are linked to nutrient deficiencies. Alternatively, 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 larger breeds exaggerates this tendency to generate osteopenia by increasing the rates of skeletal growth and remodeling of the newly formed cancellous bone.

The next sections covers more about Great Dane weight, height plus some of the factors that influence growth.

As mentioned earlier, there are several 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 a reason for concern is whenever your dog is deviating from these averages by much bigger margins.

Great Danes usually grow very big and this is one of the reason why these were originally bred for hunting. A report on Great Dane history suggests that the breed was always large but what really changed was their aggressive temperament to become gentle family dog.

mantle great dane Factors like genetics, gender and nutrition greatly influence the final size of your Great Dane but many dogs across the breed will stop growing between your ages of 18 and two years old.

When a Great Dane is fully grown a male shouldn’t be significantly less than 30 inches at the shoulders, but the preferred size is 32 inches or more and the shoulder size should 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 even more, providing she actually is well proportioned to her height.

There are so many factors that may affect the final weight of one’s Great Dane but the major ones are genetics, gender and nutrition. If your pet slightly deviates from the averages in either direction then there is no need to worry. The real reason behind concern is whenever your Great Dane is overweight or underweight.

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