Haus of Blues – Purebred Blue Great Danes

The Skinny great dane

The Skinny Dane

“But I feed him like crazy”

“He is eating”

“I give her the very best food”

“I know she is eating”



It's not you and it is OK

No, it’s not you. Some Great Danes are just lean. Remember that all dogs are genetically from other dogs that could go back a few decades or thousands of decades. Either way, Great Dane body types vary. Their head size, shape, tails, backs, height, weight, eye color, all of it. 

I’ve had the shorter, stocky, stout Dane, the tall skinny Dane, the more Euro looking Dane and Danes that look like a short hair Irish Wolfhound. 

You may feel bad when you are looking at your skinny Dane. Don’t. It is just how they are made. That said, you probably should still make sure that they are getting the correct food, nutrients, amount of food, etc. 

The second worse part of this is the stares you get. The comments about your skinny dog. I just say “he eats but it’s just how he is made”. I had one person asked me if I raced my dog. I said “No, this is not a Greyhound, it is a Great Dane, he is just young and on the thin side right now.”

Now, don’t take this as gospel but my theory has always been that Danes grow up for 2 years and out until their last day. That has been my own personal experience. So today’s skinny Dane is tomorrow’s older tubba. 

As they are growing up, there will be growth spurts and you’ll be shocked at how skinny they look. Also, if your male is intact and you have a female with 100 miles in heat (I am joking), they are only going to have one thing on their minds. They will get thin, especially if that female lives in the same house. They will get almost frantic. And yes, they will eat but they will be spending an exorbitant amount of energy trying to get the task at hand finished. Also remember that girls are in heat for about 2 weeks. Not necessarily ready to breed but they are very interesting to a male for about 2 weeks, sometimes more. So for those 2 weeks, these male dogs are out of their ever livin’ minds. 

OK now that we have gotten that out of the way, you still probably want to know how to get weight onto your Dane because you just can’t stand it. I understand. 

Tried and true Satin Balls do work. 

Here is the recipe:

  • 10 pounds hamburger meat- I get the large tubes at Walmart. The come in 10 lb tubes. Get the cheapest kind, 70%-30%. Costco is another great place to get big things of hamburger meat or, I just got this hamburger meat in a can. I have not tried it yet but I love that it doesn’t take up any space in my freezer. It’s also about the same price as Walmart or Costco, maybe a little more. 
  • 1 lg. box of Total cereal. You can get 3 boxes super cheap by clicking my link. Or, again, check to see if your Costco carries it or just get the store brand.
  • 1 lg. box oatmeal I get the biggest one I can.
  • 1 jar of wheat germ (20oz)
  • 1 1/4 cup veg oil
  • 1 1/4 cup of unsulfured molasses – I am not ever able to find unsulfured molasses at a regular store.
  • 10 raw eggs AND shells – I do not do the shells unless I can put them into a food processor and make them so small they are no longer sharp. Otherwise I just buy the liquid egg and pour that in. Another choice is powered eggs. This powdered egg container is worth 40 eggs and you can store it in your pantry.
  • 10 envelopes of unflavored gelatin
  • pinch of salt – no idea why this is in the recipe

Here are my personal additives

  • a loaf of white bread. I go to the Wonder Bread outlet and get amazing deals on bread!
  • Activa – I add one container on top for gut health
  • I add in 2-3 20 oz cans of pureed pumpkin for gut health (29 oz)
  • Dyne weight gainer. I pour it on top.

So you mix it all up. Your going to need one of those tamlae pots. Your going to be putting your hands in, up to your elbows to mix this because it is pretty dense. 

You’re going to be adding 1lb to 1 gallon freezer bags. So you should have 10 bags. Now, I recommend a half pound to start to  make sure your pup can tolerate it. Then up to 1lb. I would not recommend this more than 1 per day but you could probably do 2. I’d ask your Vet. 

Please make sure they rest before and after. This is a very heavy, rich meal. I do an hour before and an hour after.

Also, I would not give this to a dog under 1 year. 

You should see a difference in the first week. Please watch your Dane for tolerance issues. If they are not tolerating it, they will vomit or have diarrhea. 

But the bottom line is, please ask your Vet before you do anything at all.