Helpful Dane Info
Helpful Dane Info
For the most reliable information about Great Danes please visit the GDCA
page and read their articles, including the official standard.
Breed FAQ Links
Great Dane FAQ #1
Great Dane FAQ #2
Great Dane Feeding FAQ
Feddema's Great Dane Cost Sheet
Dane Info's Fact Page
Height & Weight DATA For Danes
When reading the below, remember that all pups follow their own guide,
and grow at their own rate--other guides (listed below chart),
are better for knowing what is "right" than just ht/wt data.
That said, here is a general guide:
Birth weight: 1-2 lbs
Week 1: 2-3 lbs
Week 2: 3-5 lbs
Week 3: 4-7 lbs
Week 4: 5-8 lbs
Week 6: 12-20 lbs
Month 2: 18-27 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 & 30-33" is typical.
NOTE: Some danes may actually weighless/be smaller a bit less than this
chart indicates, a few may weigh more--but more in this case is probably
an indication the pup is being overfed & growing too fast (or the dog in
question is too fat). If not, he is likely overboned-so he *really* then
needs to stay slim, as heavy boned dogs are more prone to joint & bone
**Remember the only requirement under the standard is 28" for
females & 30" for males (and that was generally intended to apply
specifically to adult danes).** When there was a weight guide in the
standard, that 28" female was expected to weigh 100 lbs. & that 30" male
120 lbs. Balance is what the standard calls for!
LESS IS BETTER when it comes to growth in the first year.
All Danes fed adequately will eventually reach their genetically
programmed height & weight; don't rush to own the biggest dane
baby on the block & don't forget that most people exagerate the
size of their pup when measuring & telling others "how big s/he is."
(And some people are not above using this chart to be able to exagerate,
or answering your "stats" with bigger stats, just to "beat" you.)
Also--correct exercise (calories out) is as important (esp. in this
sedentary society!) to remember as food (calories in) choices.
Keep in mind the feeding chart is only a rule of thumb, some pups eat
some less. It depends on the food you're feeding, the exercise the pup is
getting and the individual metabolism of the pup.
It's a better guide
food amount to watch & keep a puppy "ribby" & slightly "flanky"
(a little on the lean side, with the ribs, but hipbones not in evidence),
as roly-poly puppies are prone to all sorts of growth problems.
*ht/wt chart courtesy of JP Yousha & Chromadane
questions or comments
A big thanks to JT (and Cindy!)
for the graphics used on this site!