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This Section Covers The Average And Expected Growth Rate of an excellent Dane

This section covers the average and expected growth rate of a Great Dane. However, you should understand that you can find so many factors that influence growth and 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 an excellent Dane at various stages of these life.

From birth, a Great Dane will continue to mature until the of 2-3 three years old. Other Great Danes could be slightly taller over the second and third year and there are certainly others that will pick up body weight 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 may not maintain full control of. Other factors like diet and nutrition also play a major role in determining the final size of your Great Dane.

great dane It is important to provide a nutritionally balanced diet for your Great Dane if you wish them to maintain the desired slow and steady growth.

The keyword is balanced nutrition. Undernutrition can cause your dog having a low body weight along with other diseases that are linked to nutrient deficiencies. However, according to a study on the relation between nutrition and bone growth in large and giant dog breeds like Great Danes figured 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.

The next sections will cover 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 your Great Dane can get so you may find yours slightly deviating in either direction from these averages. The true 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 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 final size of your 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 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 feminine shall not be less than 28 inches at the shoulders, nonetheless it is preferable that she be 30 inches or even more, providing she is well proportioned to her height.

There are so many factors that may affect the final weight of your Great Dane however the major ones are genetics, gender and nutrition. If your dog slightly deviates from the averages in either direction then you don’t have to worry. The real reason for 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 should work closely together with your veterinarian to determine the root cause. Here are some of why your dog might have a low body weight.