cost of mastiff and great dane puppies
Raising a giant breed puppy is not cheap. This list is not meant to scare
anyone, but before purchasing a great dane or english mastiff you should be
aware that there are significant costs associated with raising these breeds.
Make sure a giant breed puppy fits into your budget before you bring one home.
Please do your research before purchasing a
puppy. Read our checklist on Choosing
the Right Puppy for more questions you should ask when interviewing breeders
and selecting your new puppy.
cost of raising a great dane or mastiff puppy
These are our estimated costs (based on our experiences) associated with
raising a great dane or mastiff puppy for the first year. As the cost of puppies
varies depending on the breeder and location, this is just an estimate:
Cost of Puppy:
Puppy Vaccinations & Vet Check-up:
1st year of Heartworm Prevention Medication:
1 Misc. Vet Visit for Illness or Injury, plus Medication:
Spay/Neuter & License:
Collars, Leash & ID Tag:
Large Dog Bed:
Size XXL Kennel:
Misc. Supplies & Repairs:
(Poop Scoop, Bulk Paper Towels, Carpet Cleaner, New
Shoes, Remote Control Replacement)
$750-$1500 (pet) $1000-$3500 (show)
$100 (we spend a lot more than this!)
As you can see, a great dane or mastiff puppy can easily cost over $2,500
during the first year alone (most of which will be spent in the first few
months) plus the initial cost of the puppy. This can bring the grand total of
puppy costs to
$3,000 - $5,000.
costs of adult mastiffs and great danes
There are certain "static" costs associated with owning any dog -
vaccinations and vet exams typically cost the same amount for a Chihuahua as
they do for a Great Dane or Mastiff. However, once you step beyond that point,
everything costs more when you're dealing with a giant breed dog. They chew
larger bones, destroy bigger toys faster, sleep in bigger beds and crates, wear
larger collars, eat a lot more food, and require larger doses of medications.
The cost of treating illness or injury and surgeries tend to be more expensive
for giant breeds as well.
Estimated annual costs of keeping an adult great dane or english mastiff
happy and healthy:
Vet Check, Vaccinations & Heartworm Test: $150
Heartworm Prevention Medication: $200-$300
1 Misc. Vet Visit with Meds or Tests: $150-$300
Toys, Treats and Bones: $150
New Bed: $30-$75
Super Premium Food: $800-$1000
Advanced Obedience Class: $150
Supplements or Medications*: $250-$1500
Valley Fever, a fungal disease that is common in the southwest
US, is extremely expensive to treat in giant breed dogs. Spending $100+ per
month or per prescription on medications for giant breeds is not uncommon - they are the
size of human adults and as such, medications tend to cost as much.
Estimated annual cost of an adult great dane or mastiff if no medications or
supplements are needed: $1500-$2000.