Every dog owner’s goal is to try and keep his dog as happy and healthy as possible. Fortunately, the Great Dane is a very healthy breed of dog. On the whole, they have very few health problems of which an owner needs to be aware.
Great Danes have some health problems that are common to large breeds, including Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus (GDV) known as Bloat. The average life span of Great Danes is 6 to 8 years although this is just a guideline. Like many larger breeds, Great Danes are at particular risk for Hip Dysplasia. Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM) and many congenital heart diseases are also commonly found in the Great Danes. Our guide will help make sure that you’ll know what to watch for and feel better knowing that you’re taking the best possible care of your Dane.
Please don't let this advice scare you or put you off. All breeds of dog have their specific problems and we're simply bringing these to your attention in advance, so that you know what to do, what not to do and what signs to keep an eye out for.
This advice is not exhaustive and if at any time you have concerns about your adopted dog, it's important that you contact your veterinary centre immediately.