Health Issues

For up to date information relating to Health Issues and the Great Dane visit the Great Dane Breed Council website: http://www.danecouncil.org.uk


The Merle Poll Result

"At the Breed Council Meeting on Sunday 30th May '21 the results of the Members poll, carried out by the Breed Clubs, were announced. The Club polls resulted in the required Club majority NOT being reached in order for the colour Merle to eventually in the future, being put before the Kennel Club for consideration for inclusion as a Recognised Colour within the Kennel Club's Great Dane Breed Standard".


Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM) in Great Danes

Liverpool University is looking for Great Danes to helpin their ongoing investigation into DCM in Great Danes. Further information and contact details are available in the download library here:




Danes to be included in Genome Project.


On the 25th January the Kennel Club Genetics Centre at the Animal Health Trust launched the "Give a Dog a Genome" project and we are pleased to announce that our application to be included has been accepted. The £1000 donation for each breed is being matched by the Kennel Club. All nine Breed Clubs are fully supporting this research to create the UK's largest Genome bank.  This will be of considerable help in the understanding of the canine genome and improve canine health.

The aim is to sequence the entire genomes (consisting of 2.4 billion DNA letters) of 50 different breeds by the end of 2016. The Health sub-committee made its initial enquiry to the AHT in mid-February, securing a place subject to receipt of the donation. The uptake in the project by breeds has been extremely quick. The £1000 donation money came from the Breed Council (8 clubs) and the Great Dane Breeders and Owners. There are now over 70 breeds who have applied to join and in addition to the original 50 required, the AHT hope to move forward in 2017 with a further 25. It is understood that we are included in the first 50 to be sequenced.

For more information it is suggested that you visit the AHT website at:





Judges Health Monitoring Annual Breed Summary 2015

Great Dane

As part of the enhancements to Breed Watch, from January 2014 the Kennel Club has collected health & welfare information from all Judges with appointments for Category 2 & 3 breeds as a mandatory requirement. Following appointments the breed Judge is required to complete the mandatory health monitoring form and return to the Kennel Club. Further information relating to the health monitoring process and health monitoring forms can be found here.

Attached is the annual Judge’s health monitoring summary for your breed for 2015, we have made some changes to give you a fuller picture of the reporting. The information shows what conditions Judges have reported as present in the breed in 2015 and the total number of dogs that displayed the condition(s). Also provided is the health score which Judges have given for the entire entry (please refer to the table below for the rating descriptions).

1.       Absolutely no concern whatsoever

2.       There is a very slight concern

3.       There is one feature that distinctly needs watching

4.       There are two or three features that need watching

5.       There is a general concern about several issues affecting the breed

6.       There is a strong concern about many of the issues affecting the breed

7.       Action needs to be taken immediately in relation to the issues affecting the breed

judges health report 2015


The Kennel Club has provided the Breed Health Co-ordinator, the Breed Club(s) and if applicable the Breed Council with the information. If you have any questions in relation to the Judge’s health monitoring annual summary or any other aspects of Breed Watch please don’t hesitate to contact me on the details provided below.


Kind Regards,


Bonnie Wiles

Health Data Coordinator


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