How Much Does a Great Dane Cost?


Written by:  Howmuchisit.org Staff
Last Updated:  August 9, 2018

A Great Dane, also known as a Dane or the Gentle Giant, is known to be one of the tallest dog breeds in the whole world and is easily recognized by most people.

Originating in Germany, this breed was originally bred to chase boars due to its strength, size and fearlessness.

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How much does a Great Dane cost?

The cost of a Great Dane puppy depends on the age, gender, size, color, bloodline, health history, and geographical location.  On average, a Great Dane can cost anywhere from $600 to $2,000.   Since this is a fairly common breed, you may be able to find an older dog or even puppy at a local rescue group for as little as $200 to $500, while your purebred, AKC certified will be within the $1,500 to $2,000 range.

For example, at the Great Dane Rescue of the CommonWealth, they say their adoption fees can range from $325 for a young adult to $375 for a puppy.  In comparison to $600 to $3,000 at a breeder, this route could save you thousands and help a wonderful cause.

As a popular breed, PuppyFind.com, a popular online dog classified website, has close to 1,500 listings at the time of this writing, with prices ranging from $500 to $2,000.

When we researched the official AKC Marketplace, breeders who did list their prices asked for $1,500 to $2,100.  Most of the AKC listings we had looked at included a microchip, deworming, AKC registration, CHIC certification from the parents, and in some cases, a spay/neuter.

What is going to be included in the adoption fee?

A reputable breeder should always include registration paperwork, current vaccinations, a certified veterinarian exam, health certificate and a health guarantee.  If the dog is going to be shipped, then an airline-approved shipping crate should be included as well.

What are the extra costs?

Of course, as with any pet, recurring costs will occur.  With the Great Dane, since it’s larger than most dogs, plan on spending at least $60 to $80 per month just to feed.  Don’t forget to add in the vet visits, toys, accessories, dog sitting and grooming sessions.  All of these expenses, when combined, can easily exceed $700 per year.

While you should be able to find a Great Dane in your local area, there may be a small chance you will have to have it shipped either via air or ground.  If this were the case, then plan on spending upwards of $200 to $400, depending on the distance traveled and transportation method you choose.

The Great Dane should be brushed once a week to remove all dead hairs.  If you don’t have the time to properly groom, then a professional grooming session is recommended at least once a month.

Training is highly recommended when young due to most dogs not understanding their size as they grow old.  Because of this, obedience classes are recommended.

Some owners, while optional, will crop the ears, usually between six to eight weeks.  While controversial, it was only done in the past as a way to prevent the dog from being mutilated while hunting wild boars.  This procedure is often frowned upon by most veterinarians, and in fact, most won’t perform the procedure.

Tips to know

At the shoulder, the average Great Dane measures 28 to 31 inches tall and anywhere from 110 to 200 pounds.

Its coat is smooth, short and recognized show colors include blue, black, harlequin, mandle/boston, brindle and fawn.  While white and blue merle can occur, these colors won’t be accepted by most standards.

Great Danes are known to be very intelligent, loyal, calm and extremely affectionate.  They can make great watchdogs, but they won’t bark as much when compared to other dogs of their size.  Living up to its gentle giant nickname, the Great Dane can get along with most children, dogs and other household pets as long as they are properly socialized; however, with smaller children, they can pose a problem since most Great Danes don’t understand how much weight they carry.  If excited, these 150-pound giants could pose a problem around young ones.

When healthy, they can live eight to 12 years.

A very common condition among the Great Danes is something known as “bloat.”  This will occur when the dog is fed one big meal per day and is allowed to run freely afterward.  Due to the stomach being bounced around in their large chest cavity, it can turn around and become twisted, often causing a deadly situation since the blood supply to the stomach and intestines is compromised.  The stomach will fill with gas, proceeding to enlarge, causing your dog to vomit and become lethargic.  This is a very serious situation, and if it were to happen, your dog would need immediate vet assistance.  The surgery alone could cost more than $1,000.  To prevent this, it’s highly recommended you spread out their meals throughout the day and make sure their food is on an elevated platform to lessen the chance of bloat.

A Great Dane can become extremely lazy if you don’t allow it outside to exercise.  While they don’t need a larger yard to run around, it’s advisable you allow your dog to walk 30 to 60 minutes a day; however, again, always make sure you limit exercise after eating.

How can I save money?

Great Danes can show up in a local adoption shelter or rescue group, so it never hurts to ask or even place yourself on a list if one does arrive.  This is a great way to not only help a dog in need but help a great cause as well.


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