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Health Matters

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Every breed of dog today has some health issues that dedicated breeders and owners are trying to eradicate. This could be as simple as a change in diet to the more complex issue that needs the assistance of science to help us resolve. Great Danes are no exceptions.

We could have placed this information under the heading of 'The Great Dane' but we feel that it is so important that this topic warrants a section all of its own.

What a video about DCM

As part of BARC (Bio-Acquisition Research Collaboration), The Kennel Club would like to inform you of the current study by the Royal Veterinary College which is looking at the prognostic value of simple clinical measurements and cardiac biomarkers in dogs with degenerative mitral valve disease (DMVD) and requires samples.

For further information about the research and details of sample requirements, please visit our BARC page.

Does Health Matter?

It certainly does to us and it should matter to anyone wanting to own a Great Dane, anyone that does already own a Great Dane and any one wishing to breed a Great Dane. There is a lot of information about health issues on the internet but its hard to find information as to how many Danes these issues effect. Talk to anyone who has had Danes for some time and they will be able to tell you what issues they have encountered, but can they tell you how many other Danes have the same problem.

We have chosen to use data obtain from health surveys to list here breed problems. This list of course does not detail every problem that has ever affected the breed but ones that based on this data, are shown to be the biggest issues for Great Danes. You can read the full health survey used by selection each of the reports. One was completed by the Kennel Club in 2006 the other by the Great Dane Club of America and as you would exspect is more in depth.

The links to the left show the supporting data for the above Kennel Club Survey for 2006. This data shows in detail either the cause of death or disease condition that owners submitted.

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