Ron H asked in PetsDogs · 1 decade ago

what medical problems do great danes have?

9 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    Not a long lived breed. Be careful to buy from a conscientious breeder, as some very poor specimens are being sold to the unsuspecting public. Beware of hip dysplasia; buy only from OFA certified stock. Also prone to bloat, tumors, heart disease, and tail injuries. Do not jog with this dog until it is at least one year old.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Hip and Elbow Dysplasia

    CVI - known as wobblers syndrome



    All and any dogs can have health problems and some are genetically inherited, but if fed the proper diet, and not those foods like science diet, iams, eukanuba and etc, that have cancerous toxins and by-products the great dane can live up to 15 years.

    Two of the biggest problems in danes are hip and elbow dysplasia and bloat. bloat is a gastric torsion due to over

    eating and drinking. These dogs should be fed at least twice per day to help prevent it.

  • Starry
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    Great Danes are not a healthy breed. Their bone structure is often flimsy and may break down under the heavy weight thrust upon it. They are frequently stricken at an early age by joint and bone disorders, heart disease and cancer. Their life span is extremely short.

    The Great Dane, like many other breeds, is prone to a variety of health problems - some hereditary (or believed to be hereditary). Responsible breeders should do the following health screenings on all dogs that are used in a breeding program:


    Hip Dysplasia is a poly-genetic hereditary disease which can cause pain and lameness - even to the point of being crippling. The Orthopedic Foundation for Animals will review radiographs on dogs (two years of age or older) and certify the hip joint conformation as normal (free of Hip Dysplasia) with grades of Excellent, Good, or Fair.


    Hypothyroidism can cause a variety of medical problems, and has been linked to auto-immune disorders. It is diagnosed with blood screening.


    Von Willebrand's Disease is a bleeding disorder (similar to Hemophilia in people), and is diagnosed with blood screening.


    The Canine Eye Registration Foundation will certify a dog to be free of apparent heritable ocular disease based upon examination of a veterinary opthamologist. The dog must be re-examined and re-certified every 12 months.


    This testing is done to determine hereditary heart disease, including Cardiomyopathy. It is generally performed by a veterinary cardiologist.

    When interviewing breeders, a puppy buyer should ask for proof of (the above listed) screenings, and should also ask about other health problems including Gastric Torsion (Bloat), Seizure Disorders, Wobblers, and Orthopedic Disease (OCD, HOD, etc.). Breeders who deny any knowledge of any possible hereditary disease in their lines, as well as those who are not familiar with these diseases (and the screening process), should be avoided. Dogs who have been diagnosed with any heritable disease should NOT be used in a breeding program.

  • 1 decade ago

    My mom's Dane lived for 13 years and had no problems until her last year. Her last year she started losing control of her bowels and then eventually lost control of her whole back end. She couldn't get up from laying down anymore so she was put down. Just old age I guess. Other than that she was healthy her whole life. She was never treated like she would have problems. She didn't have a feeding schedule or a raised platform to eat from. She ate when she wanted to but we did have to get better dog food at one point because she kept getting gas from her dogfood.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Same as most breeds rabies, distemper, leptospirosis,hepatitis, parvo, parainfluenza, coronavirus,bordetella, lyme disease, inherited conditions, etc. Most of these can be avoided with proper shots. Now most larger breeds are prone to hip dysplasia and bloat.

    As far as Danes not being a healthy breed is not true. Their health, along with any breed of dog, depends on proper care and nutrition.

  • 1 decade ago

    great danes are known for hip displasia, enlarged hearts, and bloat, bloat is not really something hereditary they think it's linked to when you feed your dog, it best not to feed them before or after they exercise. I breed great danes if you need any info on them you can e-mail me at


  • 1 decade ago

    Hips and knees among other problems. Make sure you get one from a reputable breeder registered with the AKC.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    probally the same as any other dog.

  • 1 decade ago

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