Many purebred dogs are so expensive because the breeder charges for what she (he) has put out towards breeding. If you are buying an expensive dog make sure you're getting a pet quality puppy from a good breeder. A good breeder will have both of the puppie's parents tested for genetic diseases. Depending on the breed, the breeder will have the parents' eyes, hips, etc. tested. Also, they'll be more money if the puppy is registered through the AKC or another registry. Good Luck!
the reason is, pet stre dogs support puppy mills, a multi million dollar industry in the country. adn they are often of poor breeding. adog from a breeder has undergone extensinve health testing (from a good breeder) and is worth every penny
I know what you mean!!! They are VERY expensive!!! I opted to get a puppy from a local shelter since i personally love mutts. I am picking my puppy up on the 19th and am soooooo excited! He will be my first dog too so i am a little nervous. I have 2 cats so i hope they accept him LOL
Anyways, i don't know much about breeders or anything but have you looked at a shelter? Sometimes they have purebreds there too. Good luck on your search!!!!
Yes defenitely go to a shelter or even a breed specific rescue. And DON'T buy from a pet store. If you must get a pure breed from a breeder, do a whole lot of research. Not only on the breed, but on the breeder.
If the upfront price of a dog scares you, how do you plan on caring for the dog? After supplies, training, shots, spay/neutering, food, flea/tick/heartworm prevention, grooming, annual vet visits and emergency care- the initial price of even even the most ridiculously overpriced puppies can seem negligable.
A pet quality puppy from a responsible breeder of most breeds isn't what *I'd* consider expensive. The two pups that I've paid for were $400 and $450. My purebred female (adopted from a rescue group at 2 years old) cost only $100 up front. My BF's sister bought a 6 month old puppy who didn't grow into a breeder's expectations for $50. Responsible breeders do NOT overprice their pet puppies. They want the dog to go to a good home- not to turn a profit. By the time a litter reaches 8 weeks of age, $450 a pup (2 in the litter) isn't even breaking even.
Yes- if you go about acquiring a dog in a responsible manner- through a rescue group, shelter or great breeder- you won't be overpaying for a small purebred dog.
I live in nj. The two shelters close by ask alot of questions before considering you for a candidate for a dog. Although this may bother some people, I think anyone considering a new family member should go through this process so that they can determine whether this is a good idea for them, and the new member of the family. Please do this, you'll learn alot about your needs, and the dogs need also. It's tough to adopt a dog here, but it's the right way to go.
I do think that prices are high for pet quality dogs. I remember when I was a youngster, around 13 or so I would look in the paper and there were always free dogs, even purebreds that a person no longer wanted. Now they want to charge for mixes too. I saw in the paper last night they were selling beagle hound mixes, not a planned litter it said, and they wanted 175 for them. I remember when they would just be trying to give them away. There was always a free dog to be found, "Free to good home...now it seems like they think they HAVE to have a price no matter what. So, yes I know what you mean.
But all breeders produce "pets". My dogs are the same price across the board, show or pet. I keep back who I want and can, and the rest go to new homes. Some may wind up in show homes, but most, if nto all will become "pets".
The problem these days with free to good home is that to many people are impulse buyers and they are not good homes, so the animal suffers as the novelty wears off.
They cost as much as they do for the same reason any thing else cost what it cost. It is the basic law of supply and demand. Prices set the way they are as long as there is some one willing to pay.
Contrary to what breeders like you to believe, the cost of breeding doesn’t have as much to do with the asking price, especially for breeds with large litters. If I wanted to break even on my pups, I can sale them for $100 each. That will cover all my costs. Including all the tests for the parents, shots and advertising. Anything over that is profit.
Like it or not, the vast majority of breeders, as well as puppy millers, breed for profit. They can deny it all they want, but as a 15 years' breeder, I know better. Just do the REAL math for your self, it doesn’t add up.
When you buy a dog from a responsible breeder you are buying so much more than just a dog.
You should be buying a guarantee that if, to spite the care and attention put into the breeding that produced that dog, something goes genetically wrong that will impair that dog's quality of life it will be replaced.
You are buying a guarantee that if for some reason beyond your control you can no longer keep your dog it will go back to the breeder who will put an equal amount of care and attention into what will happen with the rest of it's life, whether it is finding another home or keeping it themselves.
You are buying a guarantee that when you are having a fit about baby having a tummy ache, or sneezing or something else that a new owner might be worried about that might or might not be serious, you have someone that you can call who is knowledgeable and has a vested interest
You are buying the years of time spent by the breeder studying structure and movement, genetics, pedigrees and animal husbandry. To say nothing of the time, effort and money showing their dogs.
Do you know what breed you are looking for? Have you gone online to the Dogs in Canada (CKC magazine) website? They have breeder listings. If you are looking at a breed with small litters and high mortality rates you can expect to pay a fair amount even for a pet puppy. I breed Pomeranians and the average size of litter registered is 2 with a mortality rate in excess of 50%. 1000.00 is a bit high for what I would charge for a pet puppy but by the time you paid for airfare it would be in the ballpark. I also only have a very narrow window where I consider it safe to ship puppies both in terms of weather and their age. No I am not soliciting, I do not have anything for sale right now, nor am I expecting to have in the forseeable future.
Hope some of this information is helpful.
***Edited By: TJRuff on 2/8/2005 4:27:33 PM*** Reason: clarification
FREE CAT!! I am trying to find a persion there 250.00 in the paper and they dont know how many females they have(guess she didnt check the cages in the barn) I found a breeder I like and I know the kitties are loved i'm looking at 500.00 - 800.00 and I have to wait 3 weeks but im happy to pay to have a healthy happy kitten thats not scared of everything that moves or worse yet sick!