For people to better know what's fair to pay a breeder for a dog, it would help to know how much genetic testing costs for the breeder. I know that each breed has specific problems to look for, but it sure would be useful to know what we're talking about in the way of costs per breed for that breed's particular known weaknesses.
I live in the midwest too and would only pay $50 for a hip X-Ray. I had an emergency C-Section done once on a Holiday and it only cost $175. I know it costs way more else where. Routine surgeries such as spays cost under $60. There are 3 vets that work out of the clinic I go to and they are all very good and not the so called country vets like one might think of by looking at the prices of the services. The cost of living here is a lot cheaper so I geuss it just gets passed down the line.
In my area, it costs about $300 for OFA, $300 for elbows, and $200 for eyes; I haven't checked on the thyroid, yet. I am in Southern Indiana. People that are buying puppies don't care about things like this when they pay big money for a puppy at a pet store but people want to talk you down when you have the nessasary information on a quality puppy. It's really sad! I wish people checked out the puppies they bought in pet stores more. That's where alot of problem puppies come from and they are usually from the amish or puppy mills... which are basically the same thing.
Irishacres: "Perhaps I misunderstood your intentions. But, I get the feeling you want to know the costs, etc to establish a puppy price or some way to wheel and deal with a breeder to get a pup at a lower price."
SIGH...... Okay, Irishacres. I don't need to establish a puppy price because I don't breed puppies. I still get the feeling you don't believe me, but there's nothing more I can do to convince you of that. I don't agree with you on some things about mixed breeding, but that's all there is to it. Nor do I need to wheel and deal with a breeder if I really want a certain dog. I don't want to pay an outrageous sum for a dog because I just don't want to. If I was a breeder, then it would be important enough to get the best dogs for breeding and pay what was necessary, but I just need a good pet. I haven't seen any breeders who would want to wheel and deal anyway. They have waiting lists for puppies around here. I asked the question because many of the professional breeders who use this formum believe that genetic testing is necessary before anyone buys a puppy from a breeder. It shouldn't be a mystery as to what the costs of such testing entail. Most hobbyist breeders I have met say that genetic testing is too expensive for them to do. That begs the question: how expensive is it? Is it cost prohibitive to anyone but big, professional breeders of the type who are trying to make a profit when they sell puppies? I'm analytical by nature and because of what I used to do for a living. I like lots of good, solid information and data to go with opinion. I thank all of those who answered the question.