Our favorite breed of dog is known by many to have a shorter lifespan, but that doesn’t have to be a reality. How long do Great Danes live?
Great Danes live an average of about 8-10 years, but with good breeding practices and a proper diet and exercise regime, they can live up to 12 years old or more!
HOW LONG DO GREAT DANES LIVE?
It is well known that Great Danes tend to have shorter lives than other dogs. This is because they are a giant breed and are prone to a number of health problems.
Some of the health problems that Great Danes are prone to include hip dysplasia, bloat, cancer, and heart disease. All of these things can be genetic, and lead to a shorter lifespan in the breed as a whole.
HOW DO I MAKE MY GREAT DANE LIVE LONGER?
You can help extend the life of your Great Dane, and improve the lives of the breed as a whole by taking the following steps:
- Choose ethical breeders who purposefully breed for health and temperament, and who fully health test their dogs prior to breeding.
- Feed your Great Dane a diet that is appropriate for their age and size.
- Provide plenty of exercise and enrichment.
- Keep your Great Dane lean.
- Address issues with gut health.
- Reduce stress, anxiety, fear, and aggression (decrease bloat risk).
- Seek regular vet checkups and preventive care.
THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT THING
If we want to increase the lifespan of Great Danes, choosing responsible breeders is the most important, humane and thoughtful thing any of us can do.
Good breeders are actively looking reduce the incidence of bloat, cardiomyopathy, wobblers and cancer.