It’s happening! Christmas is literally upon us, and once again I’m dredging up this post so we can talk about getting a puppy for Christmas.
Beautiful memories, kids, gifts, and…giant puppy feet come to mind!!!
What could possibly be better than introducing a new puppy to the house for Christmas, right!? Imagine how excited the kids will be, how quickly the unsuspecting partner will forgive, and how much fun it will be to have somebody open a box with 25 pounds of wiggly Great Dane puppy in it…
Should You Get a Puppy for Christmas?
I’m sure I could write an entire blog on all of the amazing and beautiful things that happen when you bring a cute Dane puppy into your home. There is almost nothing more special than a Great Dane puppy, so we totally understand this! HOWEVER (yes, here it comes folks):
Hold the FORT! What are we saying here?
Sorry, not sorry, this stuff just has to be said. If you think it’s a good idea to stuff a brand-new puppy into a box and let children squeal and scream at it with excitement, think again.
If you are thinking about getting a Great Dane puppy for Christmas, ask yourself the following questions:
- After Christmas/New Years is over, do you still have time for this dog?
- How angry will you be if the heirloom rug in your living room is peed on?
- How much drool are you willing to wipe off of your clothes and walls?
- Can you afford a veterinary emergency of $2500 or more, immediately?
- Do you know how to train a puppy? Like, REALLY train it, properly and thoroughly?
- Are you willing to accept that even at 45 lbs a Dane puppy is still VERY MUCH a baby and will get up in the middle of the night?
- Do you have other dogs in the home who are well cared for, well trained, and accepting of a new dog?
- If the puppy chews on the remote and shreds up the couch, could that lead to divorce?
- How upset will you be with yourself if your sweet new Dane puppy at 55 lbs runs and tackles a kid to the ground?
- Are you prepared to buy lots and lots and lots of dog food?
I say all of this with a bit of humor, but so much of it is true.
Christmas puppies are traditionally a HUGE problem.
(Hint: you’ll basically have a hefty, confused, full-of-poop over-tired gremlin with needles for teeth terrorizing your peaceful Christmas house).
Every year rescues, shelters and breeders notice an increase in demand for puppies and dogs during the Holidays
This is not a coincidence; you aren’t the only person ever to have the brilliant idea of giving a dog as a gift.
The problem? MANY of those dogs end up returned or worse, surrendered. Many rescues actually suspend adoptions until the New Year, as a means to prevent people from making poor gifting decisions.
The once cute, sweet Christmas puppy is hauled into a shelter when the owner claims to be “at their wit’s end!” with all of the peeing, chewing, destruction, jumping, anxiety, reactivity, and barking. Not to mention our personal favorite ‘we didn’t know he was going to get this big!!!”
Think that’s not going to happen to you?
If you are set on getting a Christmas puppy, get on top of this stuff NOW:
- Make sure you are choosing an ethical breeder and will be receiving a quality, healthy, well-tempered puppy. Learn how to choose a good breeder HERE.
- Know that you may have to be on a waitlist to get a quality Dane and that any breeder with Danes magically available and ready to go at Christmas may actually be a scam or at best, unethical (Read our Breeder Scams Blog Here).
- Research in advance what it’s like to own a Great Dane, as well as how to raise and train them.
- Puppy-proof the house. The last thing you’ll want to do is to haul your new Christmas puppy into the ER on day one because he found and swallowed a glass ornament, three legos, and a cooked turkey bone.
- Learn about what kind of food a Great Dane puppy actually needs, and price it out. They eat a LOT.
If you plan to give a Great Dane puppy as a gift, do you really, truly think it’s the best idea?
Great Dane puppies are adorable and can turn into amazing dogs, but not without a lot of work. Socializing and training a puppy properly takes time, dedication, and desire.
Lacking that desire, it can be very difficult for a new Dane owner to get past some of the more common and frustrating Dane puppy behaviors (biting comes to mind…oh the biting!!!).
ALTERNATIVE IDEAS TO CHRISTMAS PUPPIES
Still want a Christmas puppy, found out that the breeder you found online was not great, or having second thoughts about the baby Gremlin you are about to spend a LOT of money on?
Try these ideas instead of getting a Christmas Puppy:
- Place your deposit with an ethical breeder and then have your people unwrap a photo, a leash & collar, a t-shirt, or a camera with a video of the puppy on it.
- Give a coupon that says ‘this coupon is good for one Great Dane‘. After they open it, share with your people how you will shop for an ethical breeder or find a rescue dog to bring into your home, and do the whole thing as a family.
- Have your family make a donation or volunteer for a Great Dane rescue. Be a ‘secret Santa’ to a rescue Dane. Volunteer to foster and bring one home that way!
- Decorate the house with all of the things needed for a Great Dane: a huge bag of food, a large bed, and some big Dane-sized toys, and see how long it takes your family to notice. Once they do, show them a photo of the puppies from the ethical breeder you are working with, or the rescue Dane that you think would be a wonderful fit.
We are here for you and we are here for the Danes!