Great Dane Getting Bald Spots

A Great Dane losing hair and developing bald spots can be quite concerning. Shedding of fur in Great Danes occurs moderately and is normal however, excessive hair loss and the appearance of bald spots is unusual. 

So why is your Great Dane getting bald spots? Should you panic?

Let’s look at the common reasons why a Great Dane starts getting bald spots.

Why Is My Great Dane Getting Bald Spots?

A Great Dane getting bald spots is caused by alopecia, which is a condition that results in partial or complete hair loss on the body, which can be on the abdomen, head, back, or the back of the ears. Alopecia is caused by a variety of conditions including: 

  • Bacterial or fungal infection
  • Allergies 
  • Inflammation of the hair follicles
  • Diet
  • Cushing’s disease
  •  Mites 
  • Cancer
  • Ringworm
  • Genetics
  • Overgrooming
  • Pressure sores 
  • Reaction to objects
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Trauma (scaring)
  • Friction with their collar
  • Nervous chewing
great dane getting bald spots

Alopecia is treatable and after determination of the underlying cause, a Great Dane can be treated.

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Patricia Williams

Patricia Williams

Patricia Williams is a writer, mum, and animal lover with extensive experience with dogs. She loves talking about animal advocacy and care. She lives with 4 German Shepherds and 1 cat.