Great Dane Question

I have a 9 week old Great Dane puppy that weighs 14 pounds. He has been eating well - 2/3 of a...

I have a 9 week old Great Dane puppy that weighs 14 pounds. He has been eating well - 2/3 of a cup of eagle brand lamb dog food 3 times a day, and 1/4 cup night time snack, but he appears to be too skinny. His pelvic bones, vertebray and back ribs are all clearly visible - is this normal for a Dane puppy? He was dewormed at 7 weeks, so I don't think it's worms.

    In Great Dane - Asked by Anonymous - 6/21/2012 7:55:56 AM
I am having that same problem but my great dane is 4 months. At 9 weeks he weighd the same about 14 or 15 pounds. And now at 4 months he weighs 40 pounds, but he is skinny his ribs show, spine and his pelvic bones show too. But the vet says he is very healthy but i am still doing some research on how to make him gain a little wait i fed mine a cup 3 times a day when he was nine weeks. But you have to consider Great Danes are natrully skinny. It would be better if you ask your vet. Hope this helps a little.
    Answered by Anonymous - 6/21/2012 10:37:31 AM

That is perfectly normal for a Dane puppy at that age. Mine was like that too. You want to be able to see that because it means they are healthy and not overweight. If you can't see his ribs or anything else at that age, he is overweight. It's good to keep them skinny because then he won't have that much strain on his legs.
    Answered by Anonymous - 6/21/2012 3:43:56 PM

It's just over 4 months later and I'm responding to my own question! We took our Dane to the vet just to be safe, and it turned out that despite assurances from the breeder that he had been de-wormed, he was riddled with round worms. We cleared that up with medication, and now at 6 months of age he has filled out nicely - he's 30 inces tall and weighs in at 102 pounds. This is an affectionate and loving breed of dog and our family and friends love him to bits!
    Answered by Anonymous - 10/31/2012 9:27:04 AM