Gentle Giants of Tennessee Great Danes                       updated 3/16/2021

Thank you for choosing to add a Gentle Giant of Tennessee puppy to your family. We want to make this as stress free and enjoyable as possible for you and your family. Please feel free to contact us at any time with any questions that you may have.

Please read the entire contract and health guarantee before putting down the NONREFUNDABLE initial payment. By placing an initial payment on a puppy, you are agreeing FULLY to the terms and conditions within this contract and guarantee.

**Please be certain that you are ready for the time commitment and financial responsibility of a puppy prior to placing the initial payment. They are NONREFUNDABLE unless something happens to the puppy of choice while in breeders care ONLY**


 It will be up to Gentle Giants of Tennessee to decide when said puppy is ready to go to his/her new home. This is usually between 8 and 10 weeks and varies depending on each puppy. We will NOT for any reason allow the puppy to leave before 8 weeks or before we or our vet feel it is ready. GGOT will allow up to 5 days ONLY after the determined pick up date set by GGOT to pick up your puppy. After 5 days, we require a boarding fee of $25 per day, which will be due at the time of pick up. The pick up date will be determined when the litter is born and will be known when signing this contract and guarantee. It is up to you to plan a head to avoid these fees.  

 If for any reason the buyer can no longer keep the said puppy for any reason, GGOT MUST be notified FIRST and given the first right of refusal. If Gentle Giants of Tennessee cannot accept the puppy for any reason, we will assist with the rehoming process. GGOT must receive the name and contact information for the new owners. If GGOT does accept the puppy back, transportation will be up to the owner to get the puppy back to Gentle Giants of Tennessee. All vet records and any AKC paperwork will need to be signed over and sent back with the dog. Any dog produced by Gentle Giants of Tennessee will not be relinquished to any Animal shelter, rescue, pet store or like facilities. No monies will be refunded for any reason any time for returning a dog to GGOT. 

 If the puppy is purchased with full registration with the intent to show or to breed, WE CAN NOT AND DO NOT GUARANTEE said puppy to be of show quality or of breeding quality at the time of sale or ever. These evaluations are made once the puppy is older with the assistance from your veterinarian. Full registration must be purchased before the puppy goes home. NO EXCEPTIONS. All puppies sold on full registration will carry the name *of Gentle Giants of Tennessee. Puppies sold with full registration MUST be health tested with good scores before breeding. All certificates and documentation must be presented to GGOT. Once a puppy is registered with full registration, Gentle Giants of Tennessee must remain on the registration. NO NAME CHANGE WILL ACCEPTABLE and will be in breech of contact and the health guarantee and contract will become null and void.  Any puppy found to be bred before 18 months or with not passing scores, the health guarantee will become null and void and will be in breech of contract. All other puppies purchased with limited AKC registration with have the name GGOT first. A spay/neuter contract will be signed with every puppy on limited registration. NO EXCEPTIONS. Once a puppy is registered with limited registration, GGOT will not change it for any reason. DONT ASK. Please refer to our spay/neuter contract for information. 

Any puppy purchased from Gentle Giants of Tennessee will be registered with AKC only. Said puppy will not be registered with any other registry for any reason whether purchased with full or limited AKC registration. 

The breeder assumes no responsibility for any temperament issues. We at GGOT highly recommend training and socialization classes for this reason. A well-behaved Dane is a happy Dane. Danes do require basic obedience and manners training. Proper training requires time, patience and consistency. Please make sure you have the proper time and means for training purposes before the puppy is purchased. 

Any puppy purchased from Gentle Giants of Tennessee will be an inside dog only. Great Danes to not handle weather that is to cold or to hot very well. GGOT pups will be outside to potty and for family time only and will never spend the night outdoors. 

Owner/ buyer understands that Gentle Giants of Tennessee highly advises against taking your dog to places such as dog parks, doggie day care or boarding facilities. A bordetella vaccine is required for these places and is not given while in the care of GGOT.  There are many accidents and illnesses that can happen resulting in emergency care, extended vet care or even death. There are plenty of options that can be available for socialization, playtime, vacations etc. If you decide to go to these places, Gentle Giants of Tennessee is not responsible for any illness, accident or like matter of the puppy that happens at or comes from places like mentioned above. Playtime with other dogs/animals needs wait until the puppy is fully vaccinated. this will be around the 16 week mark. 

Buyers understand to not over feed said puppy and keep the puppy lean and at a healthy weight/body score. Buyers will not free feed. They will provide measured amounts per meal up to two times a day. free feeding will the pup to be over fed. Buyers will also provide non slip surfaces for the puppy to walk and play on until at least 6 months of age. Cheap rugs work great. Furthermore, the buyer will not let the puppy slip or slide on wet surfaces such as floors, bathtubs or showers. The buyer will not allow the puppy to play rough, hard, do lots of running or jumping with any other pet at home or out.  This can cause the puppy many bone and joint issues. The buyer also will not over exercise, take on long walks, hikes or force the puppy to overexert themselves in anyway including jumping until 18 months. The buyers/owners will also agree to feed a food with proper protein, calcium and phosphorus percentages. NO PUPPY FOOD and NO GRAIN FREE FOOD. If buyer wants to feed a raw diet, buyer will wait until the puppy is at least one year old before doing do. Buyer will not give the puppies any added supplements with calcium and or phosphorus in them. Again, to much of these two ingredients CAN/ WILL cause bone and joint growth issues. 

24-26% protein or less

1% calcium or less

0.9% phosphorus or less


Health Guarantee

The said puppy is GUARANTEED to be in good health at the time of sale. The new owner will take the said puppy to the vet within 72 hours of picking up the puppy. NO EXCEPTIONS. Plan accordingly. It is your responsibility to make vet appointments. Failure to do so will null and void this guarantee. Proof of vet visit and good health must be provided along with vet information within 24 hours of the vet visit for GGOT to confirm visit and good health. If GGOT does not receive proof of vet visit and good health within 24 hours of the vet visit, this health contract and guarantee will become null and void.

 If within the first 72 hours ONLY the puppy is found to be unhealthy or unfit for sale by your vet, the puppy may be returned for a full refund. Puppy must be returned within 1 week of vet findings. Proof of vet findings must be provided when the puppy is returned and before monies are refunded. Refund will be given with in 6 months. This guarantee does not cover issues caused by neglect or abuse from the buyer, minor illnesses such as colds, allergies, internal or external parasites, umbilical hernias, undescended testicles, uneven bite, mange. IF there are known issues with a puppy at the time of sale, they will be disclosed by the breeder and written in the contract for the buyer.

Gentle Giants of Tennessee offers a guarantee of 2 years limited ONLY to sudden death by severe life altering illness or euthanasia due to an illness of severe life altering nature. This guarantee does NOT cover death due to an elective procedure or emergency situations such as ear cropping, spay/neuter, gastropexy, happy tail, or eye issues. We will replace said puppy with a puppy of a value equal to or less then of the original puppy. The breeder will choose the puppy. GGOT will do so within 1 year of death. Owners/buyers are required to send proof of death and a necropsy report from a licenses Veterinarian within 14 days of death. A necropsy must be completed at buyer’s expense to prove reason for death. Failure to do so will null and void this guarantee. All transportation costs will be to that of the buyer/owner with the replacement puppy.

The breeder assumes no responsibility for any illness, food or growth-related issues, issues caused by over exercising,  or issues that can be caused by environmental factors that Great Danes as a "whole breed" are predisposed to such as but not limited to OCD/osteochondritis dissecans, HOD/Hypertropic Osteodystrophy, Pano/Panosteitis, Hip/elbow/shoulder Dysplasia, Wobblers, DCM/Dilated cardiomyopathy due to a taurine deficiency or old age, bone cancers, Bloat, arthritis, thyroid disease, Addison’s disease, anal sac impaction, epilepsy, bowel obstructions, conformation issues such as cow hocked legs/feet etc. Before owning a Great Dane requires a lot of research. Owning a Great Dane then requires understanding what is good for them and understanding that there can be some major expense involved. Gentle Giants of Tennessee does not guarantee against the following after leaving the breeders home: parvovirus, distemper, leptospirosis, canine influenza, kennel cough, coronavirus or any other illness for which vaccines prevents, reproductive issues, inverted vulva, ectropian, entropian, cherry eye, haw eye, dental disease,  cataracts, undescended testicles, heart murmur, any form of cancer, mange/ skin disease or disorders, hernia, internal or external parasites, ear mites, giardia, coccidia and conformation issues like cow hocked legs/feet, issues caused by over feeding or over exercising.

The owner/buyer will not feed a grain free diet. Grain free diets have been linked to DCM in many breeds including Great Danes. The buyer will feed a good quality food with a protein level of 24-26% or lower, a calcium level at or below 1% and a phosphorus level of 0.9% or lower. Too much calcium and phosphorus in the diet can lead to many growth-related issues such as OCD which can result in expensive surgery to correct. The buyer will not over feed the puppy and keep the puppy at a good healthy lean weight and good body score.  Adult food only will be fed. NO PUPPY FOOD. 

Gentle Giants of Tennessee guarantees the puppy to be in good health, be parasite free, and up to date with vaccines when leaving our care for transport via ground, air or pick up by their family.  Before the puppy leaves our care, we document and file the health and well being of the puppy with numerous pictures and videos.  We will send these to the buyer as well if wanted. The puppy will be microchipped and accompanied with a Tennessee State health certificate and other papers proving good health from our vet when traveling via air or with ground transport. If using ground or air transport, GGOT is not responsible for the health and well being of the said puppy while in the care of the airlines or transport company. The owner/buyer will send Gentle Giants of Tennessee videos and pictures immediately once the puppy has arrived. When shipping via ground, we keep puppies until at least 10 weeks to allow for more growth and weight. No exceptions. 

 All continued vaccinations and medical expenses (routine or emergency) will be at the owner’s expense.  


All legal matters will be handled in Putnam County, city of Cookeville in the State of Tennessee 38501. A violation of any of clause in the contract or guarantee will constitute a breach of contract. All legal fees will be the responsibility of the owner/buyer.

By signing below, I as the Buyer/Owner have read and agree with the entire health guarantee and contract above. I as the buyer/owner understand all terms and conditions stated in the health guarantee and contract above. I understand if the contract and guarantee is not followed, I will be in breech of contract and also the guarantee will become null and void. 


Owner/Buyer Signature: _____________________________ Owner/ Buyer printed name: _______________________________________ Date signed: _______________

Full address: _______________________________________________________________________________________________________

Phone Number: ______________________________________ Email: _________________________________________________________

Gentle Giants of Tennessee Great Danes, Sarah McClard   Date signed: _______________________________

Collar Color _____________________ DOB__________________________

Sire ___________________________ Dam___________________________

Pick up/ shipping Date __________________________________ *** vet appointment must be with in 72 hours of this date