20 Best Great Dane Puppy Foods

Choosing a food for your new Great Dane puppy can be confusing! While good advice can be gleaned from your rescuer, breeder or veterinarian, there is a wide range of opinions on the best puppy food and you may receive conflicting advice. We posed the following question to our community of 800,000 Great Dane members on Facebook: “What food did you feed your Great Dane puppy? » We received hundreds of responses and have summarized the top responses below.

Be sure to consult your veterinarian before making any changes to your Great Dane puppy’s diet. iHeartDogs is reader supported, so some of the links below may be affiliate links where we receive a small commission at no additional cost to you.

20 Best Foods for a Great Dane Puppy

Beef and Brown Rice Victor Formula….meets all the correct percentages of protein, fat and phosphorus….no puppy food…she’s Lil Stevie’s daughter…5 years old…. Been on this food all his life…. remember to grow them slowly!!……they will get to where they need to be…..if your vet doesn’t know….get a new vet!!!…. good luck to you and your pup

Author: Martin W.

Love: 25

Large Breed Diamond Puppy has been great for my last 2 danes.

Author: Steve S.

Love: 14

I have been told that puppy food has too much calcium and protein causing them to grow too fast causing hip problems. I still feed mine Purina pro plan lamb and rice. She is 8 years old and still very healthy and active.

Author: Amber W

Love: 12

Never give kibbles for giant breed dogs (Danes) from 8 weeks. Adults and under 24% we try to stay at 21%_23% and feed 4 times a day. Also need probiotics and vitamin C. Danes bred for over 20 years for health and conformation as well as temperament!! A good diet is a must. I have worked for me and I have Danes who live between 10 and 13 and are doing very well…

Author: Renee K.

Love: 7

I have always used Purina Puppy Chow… also gave her Mothers Milk

Author: Nat R.

Love: 4

We cook for hours, he gets chicken, carrots, broccoli, green beans, sweet potatoes. Also sometimes we give him brown rice mixed with

Author: Antoinette DiDio Z.

Love: 6

We used I feed with all our Great Danes!! My last one lived to be 13.5 years old.

Author: Christy M.

Love: 2

We had 5 Great Danes and always fed them Science Diet….Large Breed Puppy Food until about 6 months old then move on to large adult breed

Author: Miley B.

Love: 3

I used to feed Royal Canin but when they changed the formula a few years ago my show dogs’ coats really suffered, among other things, so I switched to Fromm Four Star and I’ve been very happy with it ever since.

Author: Deanna Peters G.

Love: 0

We use a diamond at all stages of life brand foods. Because it was good for our pup and also for our older Danes so they didn’t need to have two separate foods. When we have a puppy mark, the eldest would want to eat it and the baby wants his food. Too much hassle to keep it separate and our local foods and seeds recommended it. The older common name brands got fussy and eventually stopped liking them and didn’t want to eat. But she loved this brand.

Author: SamJ.

Love: 3

My Great Dane was very picky, she recently died of old age. But I noticed such an improvement in her energy, coat and general well-being when I put her on. Gentle Giants.

Author: Shane T.

Love: 0

Purine Pro Plan Puppy, then pro plan sport as they become adults. I have used it for many years with several Great Danes with great results!

Author: Liz D.

Love: 2

Every Dane is different, start slow, let them adapt. It also depends on what you can afford as well as what is good for your pup. We all have great meal plans for our Danes, but where do you start as a lifetime meal plan? You will run into some suggestion conflicts, if the rescue is large breed specific, I would work more closely with them if they had the pup. Your vet sees your pup for a few seconds of its life, the rescue has spent time working with the pup. sorry if this bothers some people, but those are the words of a vet to me. Good luck, be patient, take it easy, and do your homework.

Author: SD Heimbigner

Love: 3

Authority. It’s the petsmart brand. They have large breed adult large breed puppies and mature large breed adults. It’s rated high, has gluten-free options, and is always available. The price is relatively good too. My Danish Ludo is 11 years old and has had no problems all his life.

Author: Alice B.

Love: 0

Holistic Select Giant Breed Puppy

Author: Liz Y.

Love: 1

We have had great success with the 4health brand of Tractor supply co. Their large breed food has one of the highest protein and glucosamine chondroitin levels I have found. It’s also not a very expensive 45lb bag ~$50-$55 depending on region/sales.

Author: Kimberly G.

Love: 0

We used the different stages of blue desert and combine a fish like salmon with chicken or duck. She has been taking this food since she was 10 weeks old and she is now 10 years and 7 months old. Every time we stray from this diet, Bella has tummy issues.

Author: Stephanie J.

Love: 0

Me and my neighbor use Purina One Large Breed Puppy. Together we have 4 Great Danes, a German Shepherd and 2 mixes. Also used with my last Dane pup. Never had a problem.

Author: Angelia T.

Love: 0

I spent weeks researching in stores and online and came up with Wellness CORE Grain Free Large Breed Puppy. Fed until about 6-7 months old, then transitioned to large breed adult version.

Author: Kristen S

Love: 0

We use Big Breed Yam chicken nuggets. We got him at eight weeks and he refused to eat puppy type food. Checked with the vet, he said the protein level was fine. He is now 4 years old and weighs 180 lbs. we feed it for free so that it is there when it wants. Don’t gorge yourself that way.

Author: mike m.

Love: 0

As always, be sure to consult your veterinarian before making any changes to your Great Dane’s food health. iHeartDogs is reader supported, so some of the links above may be affiliate links where we receive a small commission at no additional cost to you.

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