There are many reasons why giant breeds are surrendered, but it’s most upsetting when the reason is preventable. A few reasons include not knowing the breed traits or understanding the needs of their new dog. Giant breeds have much different needs than a small/medium sized dog.
The AKC surveyed over 1,000 dog owners about their yearly spending on their dogs. Giant breed owners stated they spend $3,321/year, while small and medium owners spend $1,831 and $2,628, respectively.
Where does the extra spending come from?
The most obvious answer is food. Bigger dogs need more food. While a small dog may only need one 20 lb bag every two to three months, a giant breed will easily power through a 30 pound bag each month. Does that really account for all the extra spending?
The short answer – no. Giant breed means bigger and bigger means more expensive. Here are a few ways the cost of a giant breed can add up.
*Note: These are averages based on research in my area. Also, I do not recommend the FURminator for pyrs.
Food (per month)
Frontline Plus (3)
Boarding (per night)
Cool Pet Pad
As you can see, a giant breed isn’t for everyone. Not only are bigger purchases (spay/neuter, crate) more expensive, but reoccurring purchases (toys, medications) are as well. I also remind people interested in a giant breed that “giant breed friendly” products are not always big enough! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve looked at extra large products that were far too small for my pups! While I don’t think cost should ever deter someone adding a dog to their family, it is an important thing to consider.