Great Danes are not considered adults until they are 15 months old, so it is important to continue to give them high-quality puppy food until this age. It is not recommended to switch them to a standard-formulated adult dog food before this time. The best time to transition from puppy food to adult food for Great Danes is 18 months old. This ensures that they receive the nutrients needed to support early growth, without overfeeding them as adults.
Studies have found that giant breeds, such as the Great Dane, continue their period of rapid growth of “puppies” until 5 months of age. Weaning to puppy food should begin at 6 to 7 weeks of age. It is recommended to transition to a large breed adult food between the ages of 11 and 12 months. Adult Great Danes should receive 8 to 10 cups of food daily for males and 6 to 8 cups for females.
The food should consist of a minimum of 23% protein and 12% fat. Puppies have different nutritional needs than adult dogs. Because they are growing, puppies require more calories and higher levels of protein than adult dogs. However, excess calories and protein can also be harmful because it causes puppies to grow too fast, which can lead to joint problems later in life.
Puppies also need specific levels of calcium and phosphorus to support healthy bone development. When it comes to choosing the right food for your Great Dane, it is important to monitor the condition of your dog while it is in the food. The Blue Buffalo Life Protection Formula Adult Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe is an AAFCO option that includes ingredients such as peas, sweet potatoes, blueberries and blueberries. This food is suitable for puppies, pregnant and lactating female dogs as well as adult dogs. An adult dog can eat up to 50 percent of daily calories as carbohydrates, but 2.5-4.5 percent of the diet should be fiber to promote gut health. Feeding your dog a healthy amount of high-quality age-appropriate food is an easy way to help your dog experience well-being and live a long and good life. When it comes to how much you should feed, start with the feeding recommendations on the back of the bag and see how your dog is doing.
One way to ensure that your dog has the best chances of health and well-being is to feed it complete and balanced, high-quality and age-appropriate food.