Do you have a special affinity for tall dogs? The Great Dane dog is known for its enormous size with regard to general height and body frame. Male dogs also tend to have shoulders that are broader than females and weigh in at around 55 kg.
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What words can one you to describe these large dogs? Majestic? Cumbersome? Whatever you use to describe them, you will eventually come to discover that they are very gentle-natured and have exquisite personalities.
At a rescue shelter, you can expect to pay anywhere from $200 to $500 depending on the location of the shelter. The good news is that most Great Danes will be neutered and vaccinated ultimately saving you these troubles at the end. You can expect to pay much more at your local pet store for essentially the same dog and service. However, heed caution! Many of these dogs are taken from backyard puppy mills, which had the sole purpose of breeding in rather undesirable conditions.
The Best Great Dane Breeders
The Great Dane price ultimately depends upon its color, location of the breeder and its distinct bloodlines and pedigree. Be wary of breeders who advertise “uncommon” colors or any of those that don’t do genetic testing for health defects. For these quality services among other things that make a quality breeder stand out from common puppy mills, you should expect to pay anywhere from $700 to $3000. A responsible breeder always has their dogs assessed to make certain they’re pure, checked for health and will lead long, healthy lives.
A Great Dane’s typical life span is 10 years, which is similar to many dogs. But this doesn’t mean that they are prone to any less health problems. Some irresponsible breeders may tell you that Great Dane’s have briefer life spans being more prone to health problems. However, this is only a myth and is completely untrue. With regular checkups at the vet, many such health problems can be avoided.
Other Costs For Maintaining Great Danes
A couple of hundred dollars will be required by a pup for fundamental veterinarian care in the first 3-4 months you own it and should be factored into your overall budget. You’ve got to be prepared financially for the major expenses of health care, if you are adamant about getting this breed. Beyond heartworm medicine and your fundamental annual vaccinations, you should always take into account the possible expenses of unforeseen health issues or potential operations. This is important to avoid the outrageously high cost of surgeries, if at all possible!