Raw Food Diet Recipes
for Great Danes
From Puppy to Adult

by Ken Alden

Raw food diets are becoming increasingly popular among thousands of dog owners. We all know that our dogs aren’t able to find kibble in the wild, so why do we feed it to them when they live with us? A raw food diet can provide high amounts of invaluable protein, especially for dogs as large as Great Danes.

Raw Food Diet Recipes For Great Danes Include...

Plenty of protein, vitamins, and minerals. It also needs to be easy for your dog to digest, which is an issue for a lot of dog food brands. Raw meat, fruits, and veggies form most of the meals.

Throughout this article, you’ll also learn the following info about raw food diets for Great Danes of all ages:

  • The best raw diets for adult Great Danes
  • Top-notch recipes for Great Dane puppies on a raw food diet
  • The benefits of a raw food diet and how you can make it delicious for your dog

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Raw food diet recipes for Great Danes

Raw Food Diet Recipes for a Great Dane Puppy

When you’re making raw food recipes for a young Great Dane, it’s important that you use the proper ratios. They need a much higher percentage of protein than adult dogs because they’re growing every day. Whether you’re choosing chicken, beef, turkey, or fish, you’ll need to add meat to the recipe.

Try these raw food diet recipes when you’re ready to improve your Great Dane puppy’s diet: Raw Food Diet Recipes for Great Danes

Chicken and Carrots Jubilee 

You can use the percentages in this meal, along with the rest of the recipes, to determine how much food you want to make for your Great Dane. The chicken and carrots meal requires plenty of chicken and greens. You’ll find everything that you need to know about the meal in the sections below.


  • 15% of ground chicken bones
  • 30% chicken liver and chicken hearts
  • 50% chicken thighs and breasts
  • 5% raw chicken eggs
  • Plenty of carrots and green beans


  1. Start by cracking the eggs in a large bowl, then stir them to loosen the yolk.
  2. Chop the carrots and green beans and add them to the bowl, stirring them together.
  3. Grind the bones, livers, hearts, thighs, and breasts, then stir them with the remaining ingredients. 
  4. Store it in a large container and scoop it out to fill a small bowl for each meal.

Puppy Protein Bowl

The puppy protein bowl is loaded with lean protein from several sources. It also has healthy Omega-3 fatty acids that can improve their heart’s functions. Combining these two sources with plenty of greens can make it an excellent choice for your dog. You can add higher quantities to make it for a puppy or an adult.


  • 50% fish (a mackerel is a great option since it’s oily)
  • 5% raw egg yolks
  • 15% chicken or turkey 
  • 20% chicken or turkey hearts
  • The remaining portion should consist of spinach and broccoli


  1. Crack the eggs over the edge of a large bowl, stirring them together.
  2. Dice the fish and add it to the bowl.
  3. Grind the chicken and turkey, as well as the hearts.
  4. Mix everything together, including the spinach and broccoli.
  5. Serve the food in a bowl, creating equal portions for your growing puppy.

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Lean Protein and Greens Medley

Your puppy needs a lot of protein, but you can’t forget about their need for leafy greens. Vitamins and minerals play a vital role in your Great Dane’s health. When you start them off young with plenty of protein and greens, they’re much more likely to live a long, happy life. 


  • 50% of chicken breasts
  • 30% chicken livers
  • 15% of ground chicken bones
  • The remaining portion should consist of broccoli, spinach, and carrots


  1. Grind all of the breasts, livers, and bones. You can substitute the breasts for thighs and the livers for hearts.
  2. Add the broccoli, spinach, and carrots to the bowl after you’ve diced them.
  3. Mix everything together, then serve it in bowls as you have with the two previous recipes.

Adult Great Danes require a lot of vitamins and minerals because they need to prevent heart disease, indigestion, and joint pain. They need quite a bit of protein, but not as much as a growing puppy. For this reason, you’ll notice that a lot of the Great Dane recipes in this section have more fruits and vegetables.

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Raw Diet Recipes for Great Dane Adults

Ground Meat Mash

If you don’t want to add too many leafy greens to your Great Dane’s diet (some dogs have allergies or ingestion issues when they eat too many greens), then this meal will be perfect. It has loads of protein, which is ideal for dogs who are much more active than others. If you try this recipe, make sure that your Great Dane is always on the move.


  • 2 lbs (0.9 kgs) of beef hearts
  • 2 lbs (0.9 kgs) of chicken liver
  • 4 lbs (1.81 kgs) of mixed fruits and veggies
  • 6 raw egg yolks
  • 20 lbs (9.07 kgs) of ground beef
  • 5 tablespoons of fish oil


  1. Grind all of the meat, then set it aside in a large bowl.
  2. Mix the raw egg yolks with the meat, ensuring that they coat everything evenly.
  3. Add the fish oil to the mixture and stir it once more.
  4. Freeze everything in portion-sized bowls (this step applies to any recipes you’ll store for a long time). 

Vita-Rich Meatballs

As you’ve hopefully read above, adult Great Danes require much more vitamins and minerals, which is why these meatballs are a great choice for your dog. They’re loaded with kale, collard greens, apples, and many other vitamin-rich ingredients. You can alter the portions to add a few more greens or meat.


  • 35% ground beef
  • 20% beef hearts and liver
  • 15% of ground beef bones
  • Kale, green apples, and collard greens to fill the remaining portion


  1. Grind the beef, beef hearts and liver, and bones into a bowl.
  2. Dice kale, green apples, and collard greens, then add them to the mixture.
  3. Form bite-sized meatballs out of the mixture, adding two to three meatballs per serving.
  4. Store the remaining meatball in the freezer for long-term storage.

Dogs Naturally Magazine mentions that basing the recipes off of percentages rather than exact quantities is better since you’ll be able to make more or less of every meal. Note that large Great Danes above 150 lbs (68.03 kgs) require about 30 lbs (13.61 kgs) of raw food per week, so follow the recipes accordingly.

Raw Food Diet Recipes For Great Danes...Conclusion

As you can see, a raw food diet can be delicious, healthy, and fun for your Great Dane. There’s no need to rely on the lengthy artificial ingredient list of household dog food brands. Your dog doesn’t need so many carbs, nor should they have to deal with uncomfortable indigestion and rock-hard food. 

Here’s a quick recap of the post:

  • A raw food diet should be rich in protein, vitamins, and minerals.
  • Liver, organs, fruits, and veggies are very important in a Great Dane’s raw food diet.
  • Test several recipes to find out which ones are your dog’s favorites.
  • Make sure you follow the recipes according to the age and weight of your dog.
  • Great Danes require more food than most other dogs since they’re much larger.

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About the Author...

Ken Alden, a dedicated Mastiff owner for over eight years, is acclaimed for his expertise in care, grooming, and training. Read more About Me and my dog Shadow.

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