How Long do Great Danes Live? Everything You Need to Know About the Lifespan of a Great Dane

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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!

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A merle Great Dane in the forest

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.

Great Danes can live long, robust lives.

While 8-10 years is the average,

many live to be 12 years of age or more!

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A harlequin Great Dane in the grass

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:

Want more information on Great Danes? Read the resources at the Great Dane Club of America. and the Great Dane Club of Canada.

Proper exercise for a Great Dane includes offering plenty of free play and exploration on soft, varied terrain.

For this reason, we believe that all Great Danes should be reliably off-leash trained!

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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.

People need to understand that poor breeding practices are largely to blame, not the breed itself.

Hello Danes

Dane lover and believer in ethical breeding, training and rescue practices. Positive + Balanced trainer, owner of rescue dogs and dogs from breeders. Love the dog in front of you.

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