QUESTIONNAIRE FOR PROSPECTIVE PUPPY BUYERS
As a breeder, my goal is to place each of my puppies in his or her “forever” home.
Great Danes are not low-cost pets. They are a highly sought-after breed that require quality care and lots of attention. It is our obligation to be sure that every puppy that leaves our home is going to the best home possible.
There are no “right” or “wrong” answers. Some of the questions may seem personal; however, candor and honesty are very important—remember, we are trusting you for the lifetime of the dog. While this questionnaire serves as a selection tool for us, it is also meant to serve as a preparation tool for you too. It is important for you to know the answer to all of these questions before committing to a new puppy.
Please review the Puppy Buyer Information page before completing this questionnaire.
Copy and paste this questionnaire into an e-mail message, then fill in your responses, and email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Upon receiving your email, we will contact you within a few days to move forward with the purchase process.
PROSPECTIVE BUYER INFORMATION
Why do you want a dog?
Are you acquiring a dog for yourself or for someone else?
If for someone else, are they aware of your intentions, or is the dog to be a surprise?
If you are married, how does your spouse feel about the addition of a Great Dane?
Do you have children living with you or visiting regularly?
If yes, please note gender and ages.
How do they feel about the addition of a Great Dane?
Are you prepared to teach any resident or visiting children the proper way to conduct themselves around dogs?
Who in your family will be primarily responsible for:
Daily care of the dog:
Vet and food bills:
How would you describe your household activity level?
Usually something going on
Lots of activity
How did you learn about Great Danes?
Why do you want a Great Dane?
Have you considered other breeds?
If yes, what breed(s) and why?
For each dog you currently own, please list the following:
Is the pet spayed or neutered?
For each dog you have owned in the past 10 years, please list the following:
Breed or mix:
Was pet spayed or neutered?
Why do you no longer own the animal? (If deceased, please give age at death and cause of death.)
Do you have other pets besides dogs?
If yes, please list.
Have you or anyone in your household ever been charged with animal cruelty or had any animal taken away from you or any member of your household for suspicion of animal cruelty?
If yes, please explain.
What type of home to do you live in?:
In which type of area is your home located?
Are there any dog restrictions or laws in your area?
Have you checked into local ordinances in your area pertaining to owning/housing an animal (e.g., leash laws, required vaccinations, dog licenses, etc.)? Are you willing to comply?
Do you own your home or are you renting?
Where will the dog spend most of its time?
Where will the dog be when you are away?
How long each day will the dog be alone?
Where will the dog be when you are at home?
Where will the dog sleep?
Have you ever used a crate in house training a puppy or dog?
Do you intend to use a crate for this dog?
What will you do with the dog when you go on a vacation trip?
In the event of emergency (e.g., hospitalization, natural disaster, etc.), who would take care of your dog?
If you have to be away from home for a few days and are unable to take the dog, what arrangements will you make to provide for its care?
When you travel with the dog, where will he/she ride?
How do you envision a dog fitting into your home (schedule, indoor/outdoor activities, exercise, etc.)?
Do you have a fenced yard?
If yes, size of yard, type and height of fencing.
If no, please explain what arrangements you will provide for housebreaking and for safe and adequate exercise.
If you were to move, what would happen to your dog?
Are you interested in a puppy, an older pup, or an adult dog?
Do you prefer a male or female?
Please describe any physical attributes that are of particular importance to you in the puppy/dog you are seeking at this time?
Do you prefer a pet/companion dog or a show/performance dog?
Are you planning to spay/neuter your dog, or are you interested in breeding?
What are your goals for your dog?
Breeding, Showing, Obedience, Therapy Dog, Assistance Dog, etc.
Please describe any character attributes that are of particular importance to you in the puppy/dog you are seeking at this time?
What do you expect of your dog’s breeder?
EXERCISE AND TRAINING
In addition to the normal routine at home, what activities will your Dane have (Y/N)?
Walk routinely with a family member:
Go to classes:
Compete in dog shows or performance events:
Go to your place of business with you:
Travel with you:
Be a playmate for your children or pets:
Have you ever trained a dog? Attended training classes?
If yes, please describe how you trained and what commands were taught.
How do you intend to obedience train your Dane?
On your own?
With a club/trainer?
Have you ever experienced any behavior problems with past or present pets?
If yes, how did you handle those problems?
Are you prepared for the responsibility of caring for this dog for its entire life (10-15 years)?
Please add any additional information or thoughts that you feel would help me to understand you as a potential Great Dane owner and the home you can offer the dog.
What questions do you have for me?
By signing this questionnaire, I affirm that all statements made above are true to the best of my knowledge.