Shortest-Lived Dog Breeds
The breed's brachycephalic (broad and short-skulled) face hinders breathing from the start.
They can't handle hot weather, and their labored breathing strains their heart.
Bloat, a deadly condition in which the dog's stomach twists and cuts off blood flow to other organs, is the breed's main health issue.
If you have a Great Dane or are considering one, ask your vet about the condition.
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A BMD Club source says, "Several three- to four-year-olds died of cancer, and one died two days before his second birthday.
BMD Club of America is aggressively researching cancer! We must try to fix this sad situation.
This is not to discourage you from owning your preferred breed, and these numbers are averages; some dogs live longer.
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