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Why do some of the dogs say “Giant Breed Experienced Homes Only”?
Can I adopt a dog if I don’t own a home?
Do you adopt to families with young children?
Do Giant Breed Dogs make good family pets?
Would a Giant Breed get along with my other dogs?
How much exercise does a Giant Breed Dog need?
I’m interested in adopting a Giant Breed dog but don’t want it to sleep in the house at night, can I still adopt 
from BDHPI?  
A: Too big, Too expensive, Divorce, Moving, Having a baby, Lack of training, Natural Disaster, Strays, Major 
medical problems, Overseas deployment, Death in the family, Home Foreclosure, Unemployment   
A: The first step is to fill out the application. (Link to Adoption form) Once you have filled out the Adoption 
Application one of our volunteers will contact you for a phone interview, check your references, and if all 
looks good we will schedule a home visit. One of our volunteers will bring a giant breed dog along for the 
homecheck so the family can get a feel for what it is like to have such a large dog in their home and 
personal space. We will take a look around the house and yard to make sure it is a safe and healthy 
environment, get to know all members of the household, evaluate existing pets, and educate the applicant/s 
about giant breeds(health risks, feeding, exercise, temperament, training, vet care, etc). Once the 
homecheck is completed, our leadership team will work closely with adopting families to determine which 
dog would fit into the pack the best based on what we know about the dogs in our program and what we 
have learned about the applicant/s throughout the adoption process. 
A: We try hard to accommodate requests for specific dogs, however, our top priority is to match the right 
Giant Breed dog with the proper forever home, which is one of the reasons our adoption application is 
lengthy and we encourage adopters not to apply for one specific dog upfront. Like people, all Giant Breeds 
have different personalities and special needs we want to make sure both the dog and the forever home are 
compatible to ensure long term success. 
A: We do not have a set adoption fee, however most families on average donate between $425 to $650. We 
spend on average $575 per dog. We are a non-profit organization and we survive solely on donations from 
adoptions and other sponsors. All of the Giant Breed dogs in our program are spayed/neutered, 
gastropexied (when possible), vaccinated, heartworm tested, fecal tested, microchipped, and we treat any 
pre-existing medical conditions that they might come in with. We also often get in dogs requiring major 
medical procedures such as knee surgery, emergency bloat surgery, hip replacements and more. All the 
money that the rescue receives goes straight to helping cover the dogs’ medical, food and any other 
expenses they may incur. 
A: No, a donation must be made and the minimum donation is $425. All of the dogs that come into our 
program cost us money and without your contributions we couldn’t exist. Even if a dog comes into rescue 
perfectly healthy we still need to feed them, make sure they are spayed/neutered, gastropexied (when 
possible), vaccinated, and heartworm tested. 
A: No, all of the dogs in our program are spayed/neutered. Nearly 4 million dogs and cats are put to sleep 
each year in the United States…many of those are giant breeds. We want to be a part of the solution not 
part of the cause. 
A: We try and move through the process as quickly as possible but we also want to make sure for both you 
and the dog that the fit is the right one. It is usually a two to four week process after we receive your 
A: Occasionally puppies are available in rescue. No puppy will be placed prior to 8 weeks of age and we do 
have a minimum donation of $550 for purebreds and $425 for mixes. Only adopters with giant breed 
experience will be eligible to adopt purebred puppies.  In order to be considered experienced all members of 
the family must have lived with and been solely financially responsible for a purebred giant breed dog. 
Please note that childhood pets and giant breed mixes do not qualify. We do offer some other mixes (non-
giant breed mixed with giant breed) to families new to giant breeds if you are only interested in a puppy, 
A: We are currently adopting Giant Breeds dogs out regionally in Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New 
Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming. If you live outside of our normal region and have experience 
with owning a giant breed currently or previously, please contact us today to see about an exception! Please 
note: You must be willing to drive to our region to pick up your dog if you are approved for adoption. 
A: Not only CAN you......our contract (which you sign at the time of the adoption) states that if for ANY 
reason you EVER are unable to keep the dog, the dog MUST be returned to our rescue. We work very hard 
to make the perfect match but sometimes, even with the best intentions, things happen in life that are 
like our own dogs, and if they are ever in need of a home, we are here for them for the rest of their lives - 
that is our promise to them. 
A: Our preference is always that the dog has a fenced yard, however we do make exceptions if the forever 
family can demonstrate how they will adequately exercise the dog in a safe environment. Also some of the 
Giant Breeds are more suited to not having a fenced yard, so it depends on which breed you are interested 
in as well as their age and general temperament. 
A: There are a few reasons we add this to a dogs profile. If the dog is a young adolescent or a puppy, due to 
their size, they tend to be more challenging to handle than a small or normal sized dog. It’s not uncommon 
for a Giant Breed puppy to weigh well over 100lbs before they are even 1 year old. Without the proper 
experience and understanding, these dogs can easily become too much for many people to handle and our 
goal is long term success. When a Giant Breed puppy chews on things, it’s not like a smaller dog that chews 
up your shoes or other small items. Because of their size, they can easily destroy your couch, dining room 
table, chairs, and even eat or break through walls. In addition, adolescents can often be very difficult 
behaviorally to train and we have found that certain dogs are not the best candidates for first time giant 
breed dog owners. Our goal is to match you with the best dog possible so that both you and the dog are 
happy and successful. 
A: We require written approval from your landlord stating that you are allowed to have a Giant Breed dog on 
your property. Some places have weight and breed restrictions so it is important that it specifies any 
restrictions. Please be sure to turn this in with your application, we cannot begin the application process 
without it. 
A: This is done purely on a case by case basis, due to the size of the breeds in our program. We want to 
ensure the safety and best possible environment for you and the dog. Many of the Giant Breeds in our 
program can top 225lbs. It is not uncommon for these gentle giants to knock over toddlers accidentally, so 
precaution needs to be taken in order to successfully place such large dogs and ensure long term success. 
A: Absolutely! As long as everyone in the family knows how to handle a Giant Breed dog, and knows how to 
treat the dog with respect. Giant Breeds are very loyal, loving and patient to their families and like nothing 
more than to sit on the couch with you and spend time with their humans. Almost all of the breeds in our 
program are very docile and loving creatures. 
A: Most of the time yes. Of course, not EVERY Giant Breed dog is going to get along with every other dog. 
We know which dogs don't get along with other dogs, and we make that information available on each dog’s 
bio. Evaluating each unique dog’s temperament and those of existing pets in potential homes is what the 
adoption process is all about. We spend a tremendous amount of energy to make sure the dog and the 
forever homes are compatible. That is part of the reason we bring a Giant Breed Dog with us when we do a 
home check. Not all dogs will "hit it off" wonderfully right away, but with a little time, patience, and training 
most dogs will adjust and adapt to the other animals in the home. 
A: This really depends on the breed and the specific dog. Some of them have a great deal of energy, while 
others are couch potatoes and need only minimal exercise. One good walk a day, and some play time are 
usually enough for most of them, but they can do more than that if you'd like. Some Giant Breeds are more 
suited to Apartment living than others, but they do need exercise regardless. Please check our breed 
information section for a more detailed description of each breed habits and characteristics. (link to breed 
A: No…. Giant Breeds need constant human interaction and we are looking for families that will provide the 
best possible environment to ensure long term success. There is a reason for the expression “you are in the 
dog house”. We want all of the dogs in our program to have a long happy and balanced life and being in the 
dog house isn’t a part of that.