Dogs don’t get much more beautiful and majestic than the Great Pyrenees! You’re probably thinking that owning such a large dog will mean extra expenses, and you’d be right! Finding the right dog for you and your family that also fits nicely into your current budget is important.
We go over the initial costs of bringing a new Great Pyrenees home and what kinds of monthly expenses that you should expect. We hope this will make the decision-making process a little easier.
Bringing Home a New Great Pyrenees: One-Time Costs
The one-time costs start with the purchase of the Great Pyrenees and the items that you need to buy for your new dog.
Your dog’s cost depends on where you get them from, such as from a breeder or adoption through a rescue group. We looked at both options and the possible costs associated with them.
We also created a list of supplies that you will need to purchase before your brand-new puppy arrives home with you.
Finding any purebred dog for free is practically impossible these days. Maybe if you receive one as a birthday gift or if you have a friend or relative who breeds Great Pyrenees, consider yourself one lucky new dog owner.
But the old saying, “you get what you pay for,” is quite accurate in this case. A free purebred puppy will not ensure that they will be in good health or properly socialized.
You might be able to find a Great Pyrenees through your local adoption organization, but it is more of a challenge to find purebreds or puppies, for that matter. The adoption fee tends to be based on the age of the dog and the situation. Sometimes the adoption fee is waived if the dog is a senior or has special needs.
You can also look for breed-specific rescue groups, such as the National Great Pyrenees Rescue, which rescues this breed and adopts them out throughout the United States.
The price of a Great Pyrenees will depend on the breeder. While breeders do seem to charge a large amount for their dogs, they don’t actually make that much money. Remember that when you bring a puppy home, they arrive fully vaccinated and with a clean bill of health.
If you can’t find any Great Pyrenees breeders close to where you live, you’ll need to arrange to have the puppy shipped to you, which will, of course, cost extra.
Initial Setup and Supplies
Many of the following supplies are necessary, with a few that could be considered optional. Dog crates can be fairly expensive, but not every dog owner will want to use one.
Food bowls, collars, and leashes, and a brush for your Great Pyrenees will be required.
List of Great Pyrenees Care Supplies and Costs
|ID Tag and Collar||$15–$30+|
|Food and Water Bowls||$15–45+|
How Much Does a Great Pyrenees Cost Per Month?
- $180–$850 per month
The Great Pyrenees is quite a large dog, so you can expect your monthly costs to be higher than if you have a smaller dog. Your expenses will also depend on the health of your dog and your choices of food and entertainment.
We also included things like grooming and insurance expenses, but these can be optional.
- $0–$500+ per month
It’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with some of the health conditions that your Great Pyrenees is susceptible to. They might experience elbow dysplasia, hip dysplasia, kneecap dislocation, gastric torsion, ear infections, bone inflammation, and bone cancer.
If your Great Pyrenees has a background of any of these health conditions, your breeder will let you know. Of course, your dog might be completely healthy, and you’ll only have to worry about yearly vet checkups.
- $100–$250+ per month
A large dog will eat a large amount of food, which means higher monthly expenses. Some dog owners opt for fresh food only, but expect to pay a premium. Be sure to buy high-quality food so your dog is eating a nutritionally balanced diet.
Also, as a large dog, the Great Pyrenees is prone to gastric torsion, so you’ll need to purchase elevated dog bowls and feed them smaller portions more frequently to help prevent this from occurring.
- $0–$300+ per month
If you groom your Great Pyrenees yourself, you can save quite a bit of money. These dogs have double coats that shed profusely in the spring and summer. You will need to brush them with a slicker or pin brush at least once a week and trim their nails and clean their ears and teeth regularly.
A groomer will charge a fair amount for a Great Pyrenees because of their size and their thick coats.
Medications and Vet Visits
- $0–$300 per month
Unless your Great Pyrenees needs frequent trips to the vet every month, you’ll only need to pay for an annual vet visit, which might cost about $150 or more. This cost will cover the physical exam and vaccines and any other necessary tests.
You’ll also need to pay for parasite treatments for ticks, fleas, and heartworms, which will cost another $100 to $150.
As part of grooming your dog, you should be brushing their teeth at least several times a week, if not every day. If you have your dog’s teeth cleaned by your vet every year, it could run from $300 to $1,000, the price of which depends on how healthy your dog’s mouth is.
- $50–$100+ per month
While pet insurance isn’t necessary, it could help you out in the long run. If your Great Pyrenees unexpectedly ends up with a health problem, the insurance can help your medical bills immensely.
The amount that you pay does hinge on where you live and the health and age of your Great Pyrenees.
- $5–$10 per month
Unlike many other pets (like cats), the only environment maintenance that you need to worry about is ensuring that you always have poop bags. The pooper scooper is a one-time expense, and it will come in handy in your yard or out on walks.
- $15–$50+ per month
You can entertain your dog for free in many ways. Just spending time with them, taking them for walks, and throwing a ball can all have a positive impact on your pup. This breed is not that high energy, so keeping them busy and happy won’t be difficult.
However, if your Great Pyrenees is a chewer, you will want to provide them with tough and safe chew toys.
You can also consider investing in a subscription box of dog toys, which can cost $25 to $50 a month.
Total Monthly Cost of Owning a Great Pyrenees
- $180–$850 per month
Our estimate for your monthly expenses for the Great Pyrenees is just that: an estimate. The decisions that you make and the health of your dog will obviously impact the costs that you can expect. Are you grooming your dog and brushing their teeth or paying to have it done?
One area that your monthly costs are guaranteed to be high is your pup’s food. This is something that you need to expect if you’re interested in taking care of a large dog.
We haven’t factored in any unexpected costs because they may or may not happen. Accidents are practically guaranteed, however, so it’s always wise to have room in your budget for emergencies.
Additional Costs to Factor In
There are always additional costs that you might not be prepared for. Having such a large dog sharing your living space will likely lead to occasional damage to your home and belongings. They might knock over your table with your best china or chew up your best shoes.
The good news is that a Great Pyrenees is a calm dog and is not as likely to rampage around your place knocking everything over, but beware their enormous wagging tail!
You should also look into training your new puppy. Obedience classes could cost about $200-$600 per week for about 6 to 8 weeks.
Then there’s the time that you spend away from home. If you’re going on vacation, you’ll need to board your dog or hire a pet sitter. Also, keep in mind that boarding a large dog is usually more expensive. You might also need to hire a dog walker if you work long hours during the day.
Owning a Great Pyrenees On a Budget
There are definitely several things that you can budget for, but you should keep in mind that you will always need to pay more for food and health care.
You will also still need to pay for the dog themselves, which will be a large sum of money.
Don’t forget that emergencies do happen, and you will need to handle these situations financially.
Saving Money on Great Pyrenees Care
You will be paying a fair amount for your dog’s food, so look into buying it in bulk. Remember that if you try to save money by getting cheap food that isn’t necessarily good for your dog, you will end up paying more in the long run for medical bills. Speak to your pet store or look online for deals, as buying in bulk can save a fair amount in the end.
If you have a good friend or family member who has the time, you can look for their help (discounted or perhaps free) in taking care of your dog while you’re at work or on vacation.
Grooming your Great Pyrenees yourself can add up to a large amount of savings. Trimming their nails, cleaning their ears, and brushing their teeth can all make your vet bills lower. Committing to brushing your dog every week will save you money and build a stronger bond between you both.
The Great Pyrenees might make a dent in your wallet when you first bring them home, but with careful budgeting, your monthly expenses don’t have to be too high.
You’ll be spending approximately $180 and up to $850 every month, all depending on the choices that you make. Remember that these expenses can go much higher in emergency situations and with unexpected events.
All this talk about money is important. Bringing a dog — particularly a large dog, like the Great Pyrenees — into your home is not a decision that should be made lightly, but they are certainly worth every cent.
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- Bringing Home a New Great Pyrenees: One-Time Costs
- List of Great Pyrenees Care Supplies and Costs
- How Much Does a Great Pyrenees Cost Per Month?
- Total Monthly Cost of Owning a Great Pyrenees
- Additional Costs to Factor In
- Owning a Great Pyrenees On a Budget