It's extremely common in larger dogs. And the bigger the dog, generally the bigger the elbow pads. All my adult shepherds have small ones. When we had Mastiffs, they would get some pretty large ones.
Some of it depends on how they lay. The dogs that sleep on their elbows seem to develop them more than the dogs that roll pretty quick to their side.
And the only other thing you can do is address the surface that the dog lays on. Softer, more cushioning surfaces will reduce the elbow pads. Rough concrete will probably make it worse. So if your dog is kenneled putting a bed in there might help...but I know in the summer there's no way I'm getting my dogs onto something soft because they much prefer the cold tile. There's nothing wrong with having them, just nature's way of protecting the joint.
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