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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 problems.
**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 more, 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 than 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!