I see lots of puppies for sale. I can see paying top $$ for a show dog,service animal or one esp trained for certain functions, but to pay thousands for a companion seems excessive to me. Now my husband works with coonhounds and he's never paid over $350.00 for top quality pups out of good stock. But where the big $$ hounds are ..if they are trained and doing thier job they can sell for allot more. Once they get titles and points thier price and stud fees can get pretty hefty. I'm interesting in owning a poodle in the future but I've already decided that I wont spend over $500.00. Thats my limit! Seeing that Duchess ,whom I love very,very much was only a $50.00 dog , I know there shouldnt be any reason to spend more on a pet thats sole purpose is to keep me company. But I was curious to see others opinions on the price they are willing or have already paid for a pet.And what made you decide to pay so much? Of course I know the unconditional love they return is priceless!LOL!
For me, it would depend on the breed of dog I wanted. If there are no breeders around where I live, I'd have to figure in travel costs and time spent, since I'd want to visit the breeder's facilities (their home, I would hope).
If I wanted a dog that is not "popular," I'd expect to pay more.
For instance, french bulldogs are a dog I'd consider getting in the future, but there aren't that many good breeders of them around. I'd definitely consider paying more for one than I would, say, a cocker spaniel.
In 1987 my bf (now husb.) and I paid $500 for a male Sharpei whith championship bloodlines. The lady selling him did so because she couldn't show him because his tail got shut in the barn door and was kinked. That was A LOT of money for us back then. Six years ago we paid $375 for a show quality wire fox terrier but never showed her. Three months ago we paid $650 each for two pet quality white mini schnauzer boys. Probably too much, but we love them and they are beautiful and smart dogs.
I live in SC and I'm looking at the bigger toys or miniture. Yeah theres plenty of poodles around that price.(havent looked in the quality yet) I've seen them for as low as $250.00.But I wont go over $500.00. thats my set budget. So I dont think I'll have problems locating what I'm looking for around here. I'm just waiting on the right time to bring one into my family.
Riley= how in the world were you lucky enough to get Jasmine for free!(lucky you!) I must have missed a topic!And I love the pics you share!
***Edited By: duchess on 3/10/2006 10:51:47 AM*** Reason: added size!lol!
She was considered a replacement puppy for Riley. His 3yr guarantee is a replacement guarantee and even though it doesn't cover the allergies, she felt bad for all I went through with him, and gave me Jazzy. I got first pick of the litter.
I dont know how much i would pay. right now Im looking for a yorkie for my little girl and I cant find one less then $1000. I was going to get one for $250 that had lost his hair untill i read that post about blue yorkies.
Riley...cool breeder. I have spent well over what I paid for Cooper on vet bills for being sick. I told my breeder, who is really nice, and she just said "wow, that's too bad, all the other puppies are fine". Now I know why you couldn't get too upset abpit Jaz missing the first flight. If you had been paying $850 that would be a totally different.
For a pet pup i wouldn't pay more then $500 as that is what i charge for my own pet puppies. But for a breeding/showing dog i have paid from 750-1500. Infact the show pom i'm picking up this weekend is also 1500. But for just a pet i don't see why the price should be high. It should be just enough to try to cover the expense of raising the litter.
My dogs are at the higher end of price. Many people say they won't pay over a certain amount and I understand, but frankly, I have a hell of a lot of money that goes into my dogs.
If I actually sat down and calculated what I "spent" and broke it up over the litter, espcally taking out the puppies that I keep for myself, I'd tripple their price.
I do think a breeder deserves some right for compensation for what they put into the litter. I know many people feel a dog is only blah price, but then we can also pull out the inflation calculatior and show how prices have changed with inflation.
Money is such a touchy subject when it comes to dogs, but we must also be rational. There is only so many thousands of dollars I can put out a year. I try to keep it around 15K to 20k out fo pocket for direct dog expenses each year. I don't even add things like purchuse prices to that kinda figure for anyone I bring in.
*rubs her chin*
So if my dogs come with full guaranty for life, I do replacment or refunds if any problems, you have full breeder support, I even do things like grooming and boarding for free if you are local because I just like having my puppies around, as well as the quality of dog and what I put into them to create them, raise them, and get them set before they get to you, and a laundry list of other things.
If we even calculated in the "time" we spend doing just the main parts of the dog care and not the little things, like answering questions and mailing people supplies becuase they are panicking and cant find them.
Maybe I should just quad the price of them.
Or I should give htem away, or give them to someone for what they feel is a reasonable price decided on by how much they spent on a previous dog prehaps, or just what feels good to them?
I've saved up to buy dogs for months if thats what it takes. I held one puppy until he was 7 months old because I felt it was the right home for him and they had a little minor emergency that made having a baby puppy not the best idea. However, they are a wonderful wonderful home, I talk to them all the time and I'm sending them a dog to co-own with me out of this litter because we discussed it and i feel that they are that fantastic calaber of people we all hope to meet.
Personally, yeah, I don't feel guilty about what I charge for my dogs. I don't even charge as much for my pups as I have paid for other dogs.
But personally I shop for the dog, the price is secondary. I see some pretty crappy examples of the breed going for twice as much as I sell mine because of 'colors' and stuff. So I find it amusing all in all.
In the end, its the buyers choice as well as the sellers. I'm comfrotable with where I decide to be, and the people who buy from me are comfrotable with what they decide to get when they choose me and I them.
***Edited By: IcyHound on 3/10/2006 1:03:37 PM*** Reason: add
I like Malinois, And The standard for a quality Malinois (pet or working, it's the same thing to me) is 750.00-1500.00. so I am pretty much expecting to pay that. If the dog is stricitly going to be a pet. money is usally not a issue seeing i will rescue the dog.
Icy..you made me feel like a cheap skate!LOL! I can see why top-notch breeders that throw out show lines charge more.Your over head is a killer! But does that make buying one cheaper mean the breeder maynot be up to par? I hope not . I dont want to spend less on a defective pure bred.
The thing is, with a reputable breeder, both show quality and pet quality puppies come from the same litter. So the same amount of effort goes into producing both the show pups and the pet qual puppies. So why should pet quality puppies be a whole lot cheaper? Cause either way the money goes toward helping the breeder recompensate for the costs of raising the litter, doing health testing for the dam (and possibly the sire), costs of showing the dog to a Ch title or however many points the dog has, etc. You're still going to get the same health guarantee with the show qual pup and the pet quality pup. The only difference with between show quality and pet quality in taht litter is with the show qual puppy you're getting full registration and the guarantee that the puppy is a good reprentitive of the breed with no disqualifying faults.
I dont know what I'd pay for a pet quality dog at this point, because I'm interested enough in showing that I don't see myself purchasing a pet quality puppy at any point in the near future. I can see myself ending up rescuing a dog and just keeping it, but not going out of my way to buy a pet quality puppy.
I agree with some others that it depends on the breed. HOWEVER...I would actually pay MORE for a more popular breed. For example, we were considering getting a lab. Labs are a dime a dozen around here. Well, ok-actually, they can be had for $200. But I would NEVER buy a $200 lab from a "breeder" because with a lab-I WANT HEALTH GUARANTEES. I want to see the OFA records of several generations. In other words, I want a lab from a breeder that knows the breed, knows the problems, and is working to correct them. The cheapest lab I found from what I would consider a "reliable" breeder was $900. The BEST labs were $1600. I can't afford that right now, but I definately think it's worth it. Even with Maggie-brittanys are not especially prone to hip dyspasia. But I got the OFA certificates on both parents, along with pedigrees several generations back. I'm not in it to show or to breed-I just want a reasonable expectation of a healthy dog.
Wow labs are expensive wehre you live. Even show quality labs from Ch titled parents with OFA hips and elbows and CERF, and a 2+ year health guarantee at the bare minimum down here only run $700 to $1000