Great Dane Price: How Much Do They Cost?
by Jessi Larson
Great Danes are large, gorgeous dogs with an excellent temperament. But does the bigger size come with a bigger price tag? When it comes to Great Dane price, here’s everything you need to know.
The initial cost for a Great Dane
Friendly and dependable, the Great Dane was originally bred in Germany to hunt boars. Today, however, it’s hard to think of this breed as a ferocious hunter given their sweet demeanor and kind nature. In fact, many people affectionately refer to them as a “gentle giant.”
The Great Dane weighs up to 180 pounds and stands up to 34 inches, so naturally the first thing you think about is the cost. What’s the Great Dane price?
Well, it depends. First off, have you considered pet adoption? There are many beautiful Great Danes up for adoption. The cost of adopting a Great Dane ranges, usually anywhere from $300-500 to cover medical costs, food and transportation. This is an in-demand breed – in fact, it’s the 15th most popular dog in the United States according to the AKC – so there may be fierce competition at shelters, but it’s so worth it to be able to provide a home to a dog in need.
The other option is to buy a Great Dane from a breeder. The plus side is that you know exactly where the dog came from and can train him or her from the very beginning. Typically, the Great Dane price is between $600-3,000. As with all canines, show-quality dogs with fancier pedigrees will cost more. Most people, however, are just looking for a pet, and with that in mind, you can find many excellent breeders who price the Great Dane at around $1,000
Food & supplies – how much do they need?
Naturally, the next question is how much does the Great Dane eat and how much does that cost? Dollar signs are probably dancing through your head right now! It is definitely something to seriously think about since their big size comes with a big appetite. According to Dog Time, Great Danes need the following amount of food at these ages:
- Three to six months: females, 3 to 6 cups; males, 4 to 8 cups
- Eight months to one year: females, 5 to 8 cups; males, 6 to 10 cups
- Adolescents: females, 8 cups; males, 9 to 15 cups
- Adults: females, 6 to 8 cups; males 8 to 10 cups
That’s a lot of food! Let’s do the math and see how it adds up. A good-quality food brand usually costs about $30-40 for a 40 pound bag. This will last anywhere from 2-4 weeks, depending on how old your dog is.
Another thing to think about is that you’ll need extra large supplies, which of course cost more. A larger dog bed ($75-200), a larger kennel ($100-200), larger toys ($10-30), etc, etc.
Side note: If you’re looking for a comfy dog pet that fits a Great Dane just right, try out this orthopedic bed.
Health concerns that add to the Great Dane price
Such a large frame increases the chance of health issues, unfortunately. In the health department, bigger isn’t necessarily better. This breed is often ailed by “bloat and torsion,” a condition where the stomach twists on itself and traps air inside. It’s an extremely dangerous ailment that needs vet attention immediately. In fact, bloat is the number one killer of Great Danes. The cost to diagnose and treat costs $1,500-$7,500 according to Embrace Pet Insurance.
Another condition to look out for is cardiomyopathy. This is where the heart becomes dangerously enlarged. Common in all big dogs, cardiomyopathy is usually manageable with medication, which is great news but comes with a price of $500-$1,500.
Lastly, Great Dane owners also have to look out for hip displasia in their pets. Surgery to repair this malformation of the hip socket costs $1,500-5,000. Not cheap, but something that needs to be done for your pet’s health.
By no means is it a guarantee that your Great Dane will suffer from these ailments, but there is a much higher chance. If you do decide to get a Great Dane, it’s a good idea to have a healthy savings account to cover any unplanned medical expenses.
Other things to think about
Is your head spinning yet? Well, there’s one more thing to consider regarding Great Dane price. If you get a dog of this size, it’s only fair to you, your family and, importantly, your pup that you have the room. This means a bigger house and larger yard, which of course equals more moola. Also, you’ll need a vehicle that’s big enough to transport this large, lanky animal. Think a large sedan, SUV or minivan.
Why you should get a Great Dane
By and large (no pun intended), Great Danes are not the most affordable dog. The initial cost is a little on the high side, but the ongoing expenses are what will really get you. Everything traces back to the large size of the breed and how this increases costs. But, if you’ve got the room and a decent savings account, you should definitely consider this loving breed. They are elegant and beautiful creatures who are great with animals and people alike. And, surprisingly, they are pretty low maintenance and require little grooming or exercise. Learn more in the video below.