October 8, 2008

How can I tell the age of my rescue dog (Great Dane)?

He has just started to go grey above his eyes and around his muzzle. I have no way of telling how old he is as he is from a rescue centre with no details of his past history. My vet says he would only be able to guess and it is not an exact science. I worry as I hear they do not live long. Any tips or advice out there? Thank you so much L x

Graying in large dogs usually stats to happen around 3.5- 4 years of age. This is when my Mastiff got his goatee of grey around 4 is when it hit around his eyebrows. Usually a vet will look at the dogs teeth to help determine with age. They usually have tarter build up and need to have them cleaned around 4 years old. Given that the dog was a rescue more than likely the previous owners did not spend the money to have his teeth cleaned so the vet may be able to determine an approximate age. With a large breed you usually have 8-10 years with quality of life.
Please enjoy the time that you have with him and remember that you are now giving him the good life that he deserves. Just take your time with him since you do not know the previous history. Large dogs do not like change and they usually get scared easily with new things.
Good Luck

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October 2, 2008

bmthespian @ 5:29 am

Your vet is correct you can only really guess after a dog is fully grown without records on the dog. Greying around to muzzle generally indicats the dogs are getting older.
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Missy @ 5:29 am

Your vet would be the only person who could probably give you an age. He might not be able to give you an accurate age, but I'm sure he could get close.
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Allison @ 5:30 am

Great Danes only live for about 8-10 years. I would trust the answer that your vet gives you. Just be sure to keep an eye on his joints and mobility. If moving starts to get difficult, then take him to the vet to get on some meds.
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Sarah B @ 5:43 am

vets usually tell by their teeth. if they are white its young, getting stained middle age. very yellow and has plack on them, old
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skippy dog @ 5:46 am

Graying in large dogs usually stats to happen around 3.5- 4 years of age. This is when my Mastiff got his goatee of grey around 4 is when it hit around his eyebrows. Usually a vet will look at the dogs teeth to help determine with age. They usually have tarter build up and need to have them cleaned around 4 years old. Given that the dog was a rescue more than likely the previous owners did not spend the money to have his teeth cleaned so the vet may be able to determine an approximate age. With a large breed you usually have 8-10 years with quality of life.
Please enjoy the time that you have with him and remember that you are now giving him the good life that he deserves. Just take your time with him since you do not know the previous history. Large dogs do not like change and they usually get scared easily with new things.
Good Luck
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ladydye_5 @ 6:09 am

your vet is correct,,,it is just a "guessing game" our vet told us our dog (lab/pit rescue dog) was about a year old by the wear and condition of her teeth. larger breeds typically do have a shorter life span, enjoy your time live for the day and be sure your dog is happy and healthy with lots of love and all will be well. just remember he has a much better life now and will be greatful till the end.
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Great Dane Lover @ 6:56 pm

There is no way to accurately tell your dogs age, it is a guessing game, an approximation. Graying doesn't necessarily mean your Dane is old. Some Danes start to gray as early as 12 months, some not until they are 5-6 years old some not until even older.My show Dane is only 2 and his muzzle has been gradually graying for almost a year now. My 6 year old Dane has been gray now for about 3 years.One of my Danes had very little gray at the age of 12.Some lines of Danes gray earlier then others.

Danes average life span is 10 years, but it isn't all that unusual for a well bred, well cared for Dane to live into their teens.
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