Sadly, larger dogs are more prone to health issues at earlier stages in life. The accelerated growth of larger dogs is thought to cause an array of health problems. Although it is uknown to what actually causes the numerous health problems, many link their short life span to breeding practices throughout the century.
10Scottish Deerhound: 8-11 years
This gentle giant breed may develop an array of health problems early on in life. Heart disease is common in the Deerhound. The leading cause of death in females is bone cancer. Bloat is also a common health problem with Deerhounds. Bloat affects 10% of all Deerhounds and has a high mortality rate. The Royal Dog of Scotland may be very active in years 1-4 but it’s smart to start monitoring their health more closely from year 5+.