questionshow much does it cost to feed a big dog? such as…

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How many stray smaller animals and children are in your neighborhood?

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@mtm2: Not quite what I had in mind.

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I used to help with Great Dane rescue and depending on the dog (male/female, activity level, age, etc.) we'd feed between 7 and 9 cups of dog food a day. If you feed a higher quality dog food, you don't have to feed as much (fewer fillers). They are great dogs, but most of them ended up in rescue because people underestimated the amount of time and money involved in caring for such a large dog.

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I adopted an English Mastiff a couple years ago. I go through a 40# bag of Kirkland every few weeks.

The cleanup ... what goes in must come out sooner or later.

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The bigger the dog, the more it needs to eat and recycle. Plus larger dogs need more exercise. You have to take it all into account. Don't get a big dog unless you have a large lot, or live close to a park.

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As per my gf's sister: A lot. (They had a Great Dane named Henry who died last year; my younger daughter really liked Henry. Sweetest, gentlest dog, especially considering he weighed more than my daughter by far.)

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I've got a black lab, and he's 7 month's old and 70 lbs... he goes through a 30 lb bag about every 2.5-3 weeks. So depending on the type of food you get it can vary in the cost. My dog, unfortunately has a sensitive stomach, and so the food runs about $50 per bag.

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Depends on if you are going to feed it good food or crappy food.

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@olperfesser: That's not accurate. Activity level is breed dependent. A 30lb Border Collie needs a lot more space and exercise than a 200lb mastiff. Before adding a dog to your family, you should research the specific breed. They have been bred for hundreds of generations for specific traits, and while all dogs are individuals, breed traits tend to be strong indicators of what you can expect from a dog. This includes mutts if you can discern what breeds make it up.

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I am on my 10th giant breed dog and my 6th Great Dane. The higher quality the feed, the less in one end and out the other. Good quality food has a much higher rate of metabolization. The amount you feed depends on the quality of the food and the dog's activity level and age. Puppies eat more per pound of body weight, senior dogs eat less. My Great Dane is 5.5yo; he's a middle aged adult. He is 140lbs, moderately active. He eats 5 cups of Taste of the Wild (a high end grain free food) daily. Taste of the Wild costs about $45 for 30lbs, and a bag lasts me about 3 weeks, aka $60 month. His heartworm prevention is more expensive due to his size, it costs about $12 a month. Spaying and neutering are also usually more expensive for large dogs, plus toys and beds and all the things that they need tend to be harder to find and more costly and take up more space. Obviously, I think it's worth it. But a lot of giant breed dogs end up in rescue because others aren't ready for the costs.