The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog can have health problems that affect most large-breed dogs. This includes orthopedic issues, although overall the GSMD’s orthopedics tend to be good for a large breed. Gastric Dilation Volvulus, or “bloat”occurs more often in this breed than in other breeds and is a life-threatening medical emergency. This article by Karen Conant is a great introduction to the breed and in determining if a Swissy is the right dog for you. The American Kennel Club and the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Club of America are also great resources to learn more about this wonderful breed.