The Estimated Cost Of Adopting A Great Dane

by Renee Broden
 
Here is a cost sheet that I made up for puppy buyers and rescue adopters.

Of course you can improvise on some things and not spend as much on certain items, but it gives you a good idea. Remember everything is at a much larger scale then a small dog. Some items can be purchased at garage & yard sales.

Some things listed may be more or less in certain areas. I wrote this
a few years ago, so I'm sure some things are more expensive today.

Of course people are not going to run out and buy everything on the list. It just gives you an idea of how much things add up for owning a big dog. Please do your homework.
 
How much will a Great Dane Puppy Cost?
Basic Cost to Buy a puppy Show Potential Puppy...$850 to $2,500 some are even $5000.

Companion Pup..... $500 to $1,200 Rescue - usually adult......$250-500.

*note: prices vary according to region, color, kennel, gender, age,etc......

Cost of shipping a puppy if out of state using Delta Cargo for a 6month old in a 700 series kennel. NY to CA $900. Smaller Kennels can be shipped counter to counter for less then $200 one way. Pets must have a least one parvo vaccine and must have a Health Certificate and exam before Flying. Check your airlines regulations. Not all airlines ship pets.
 
Vet Costs:
Pet Ins........30+ a month. Will save you some money on Vaccinations, exams, x-rays & emergencies.
Heartworm pills .....$90
Puppy checkups and vaccines ....$100
Fecal test to test for parasites worm prescription from the vet.......
Worming paste from the local feed store (Safeguard)...$6.50
Tapeworm shot ......
Routine vet care - average ..$250
Advantage Flea and Tick control......
Spay/neuter ................$200+
Cropping (if not paid by breeder)..............$250 and up
Bloat Surgery........$1200+
 
Puppy Training:

Baby Gate............ $40
Collars, at least 2 will cost.... $25
Six foot leash ......$15
Crate (Size 700#) ...$134
Big dog wire crate 37 wide x 54 deep x 45 high.......$239.95
Crate Pad (for 700#)....... $50
ID tag...............$ 4
Dog license (pet=15 intact=40)....$15
Nature's Miracle, stain remover........$17.95 gallon
Obedience Classes ........$250
Handling Classes $5 for each class (daily cost)
Pooper scooper......... $18
Anti-chew spray -Bitter Apple.......$4.99
Rolled up newspaper...... 50 cents.
Smack yourself with it when your puppy piddles on the floor. You were NOT watching!

 
Puppy Feeding Supplies:
Dog Bowls (2)....... $30
Raised double bowl holder......$20 or use plant stands 9+
Premium adult dog food ($2.00 per day)
Innova dog cost about $32+ for a large bag.
Eagle Pack dog food $20-35
Vitamin C (ascorbic acid or ester) 500mg...100 TAB $6.95
Glucosamine Liquid, powder or Capsules 500mg
MSM 500mg
 
Grooming Supplies:
Nail Grinder, Dremmel ...$60
Nail clippers..... $10.00 for large dog
Shampoos and bathing supplies .......$40
Super Groom Message petting tool......$7.00
Brushes......... $5-10
Tooth Brush.............. 2.95
Tooth Paste...........3.95
Extras Toys (4 toys) .........$40+++
Large Raw beef bones from the Butcher......2.00
Fencing............ $500-1000++
Books about great Danes.....$20each
Boarding 2 weeks minimum.............$280 (usually around $10-$12 a day.)
Cleaning Rent rug shampooer twice a year ......$500
Cleaning supplies......$75
 
Ear Taping Supplies :
2 People & 2 glasses of wine! Trust me you're gonna need it! :o)
Foam Backer rod -(Insulation for pipes) From Home Depot or Masonry stores.
Tape-Zonas Tape or Elastikon Tape by Johnson and Johnson. 1- 1 1/2inch...............1.89
Sharp and Bandage scissors
Skin Bond- Helps everything stick to the ear better.
Medi-Sol - Adhesive Remover. Goo Gone works as well. Helps to remove
tape and Skin Bond easier. 4 OZ. $11.95
Alcohol-To clean pups ears inside and out. Cotton Balls and Q-tips- Use with Alcohol to clean ears.
Astringent Ear powder-If your puppies ears are wet inside. Helps reduce ear odor. This is good for uncropped ears as well.
 
Misc.
Treats............$100
Bedding for Dane size.....$30-90
You will need more then 4 toys ....$200
Chewed up reading glasses ....$200
A Suburban/Excursion to transport Danes ...........$45,000 (or other large vehicle)
New landscaping...........$2,500+++
New Furniture after the old ones get chewed up
Remote controls & Game controllers.
Eye glasses.
Leather designer shoes & purses.
New Carpet
Carpenter work, replacing chewed up decks and wood around the house.
Paint.