I was looking for a puppy for my daughter. She just graduated from college and has more time to spend with one. She wanted a long coat chihuahua so I go on line to check classified ads in newspapers. I call about one that would be 450. In talking to the man he mentioned that he had 65 mama dogs and 15 male. This seems like a lot. Is this considered a puppy mill or BYB? It is the only breed he has. He also said that he couldn't have litters fast enough. I don't think I will buy from him because on this. I would appreciate anyone's thoughts and advice on this.
As a chihuahua breeder that advertises here, I can say that the amount of dogs he has is above normal, there is no way you can provide the care neede to make sure these pups are A+ healthy. I don't care who on this site you buy from just make sure you get a pup that has been raised indoors. Thans't one man's opinion.
The best dog I have ever owned I bought from a breeder that only had one female and one male. When I came to the door, both the parents didn't even bark and were very friendly. The breeder had children that had obviously handled the puppies a lot because they were the friendliest chihuahuas I had ever seen. My chihuahua loved everyone and had very good bloodlines. I'm not saying that a breeder should only have one male and one female, but when you do purchase a dog, watch for things like how friendly the parents are. And watch for things like if they are kept in kennels, outside or how socialized they are. I think that is very important, especially with chihuahuas as they are known to be hestitant of people outside their family so they need that extra socialization. I would also watch for breeders that charge more for their dogs if they are smaller. If the whole litter is that price, it's okay, but if just the smallest of the litter is higher that just means they price based on weight and not health. Smaller chihuahuas tend to have more problems than the standard ones, so you would think they would actually charge less. I just love chihuahuas. I think they are the greatest breed and VERY easy to take care of. Very portable and low maintenance :)
huntersmom, while I do agree that some people overcharge for the smaller pups, sometimes it is necessary. I take my smaller guys to the vet for extra visits, and they take extra medicine etc., etc. I would be wary of the person that charges let's say $1200+ for the smaller "teacups".( A word that I use because everyone else uses it, I know that there is no real classification as that.) I charge according to the care provided for them, I do not let them go until they are not needing that solid 24hr a day care. So if you take into account the care needed by these pups early on in life and the fact that they stay with the breeder an average of 4 weeks more than the rest of the pups, I think that justifies a bit of a price increase, not beacuse of size, but care given. I don't think that the extreme overpricing is necessary, but I do understand it a bit. Also, demand does dictate price. As long as there are people that will pay these prices, there will be breeders that will overcharge.
Yeah, that's pretty much what I meant. When someone has a litter of puppies, and the teacup ones are 1200, but the rest of the litter is only 500. That raises eyebrows with me. But if it were, say, 500 for the litter and 600 for the teacup that would make sense. I just don't get paying over a 1000 dollars for a dog that is that price because it has already had problems that cost the breeder money. If I'm going to pay over 1000 for a dog, it better be medically sound from birth and all the tests negative for defects. :)
But you are right, as long as there are people with the demand, breeders can charge that price. There are so many people that are willing to pay that price too. Must be nice to have 2000 plus dollars to spend on a dog, just because it's the 'fad'. I would rather go on a nice vacation and adopt from a shelter. lol.