I've never counted, but here is what goes into my dogs, just so you have an idea. Before any of this happens, you have to health test your parents for OFA, and CERF, and depending what breed you have, other things. Stud fees run around $750-$1000, if you decide to go out, into another line. Food and supplements for any pregnant dog, (my food is $85.00 every 10 days). If you have a cesaerian, the cost is $600.00, and then there are the micro chips, litter registration, and individual registrations, clipping of dew claws and return appt, possibly meds for the dam, or all. Worming, starts at 2 weeks, and then immunizations at 8 weeks. You have to have a whelping box, an X-pen (just my choice) and warm, comfortable quarters for the dogs. You then have to decide which pup or pups, if you're lucky, might be show prospects. Obvious disqualifications visible on the pups mean that they are sold as pets. In my breed, a completely pink nose (called a Dudley) is a DQ, so is blue eyes and many more things that will lead you to recognise a show dog over a pet dog. The show dogs are no better, they just meet the stiff standards, and look the part. You have to buy at least 100 toys. One of my favourite dogs has a half white head, and he toes in when he walks...I still love him though, he's a beautiful affectionate little munchkin. OK, back to the costs...if you train and handle your own dogs or has a member of the family who does, it's not as bad. Those who hire trainers and handlers pay through the nose, as a general rule. Now, you can see why I don't tally it all up.I don't really think about the expense as much as I do the effort it takes to breed dogs properly. Money is really one of the least important aspects, and I don't mean you can breed without money. You have to love your dogs, and want to breed the finest example you can.
***Edited By: Pen2 on 9/4/2008 9:53:28 AM*** Reason: spelling
Figuring out costs like food, treats toys and medical is relatively easy. It is the consequential daily damage they cause in their life time that can be much harder to quantify.
I can’t even begin to account for all the losses I have suffered at the hands of my dogs as the result of chewed up or damaged garden hoses, grass, trees, fences, shoes, socks, underwear, clothes, furniture, carpets, floors, kids’ toys, remote controls, eye/sun glasses, small electronics, watches, wallets, purses, belts, knocked down priceless knickknacks, covert raids on the kitchen and fridge, etc, etc, etc… the list is endless. Basically anything that they can get their mouth and paws on is at risk. That is the real cost of raising a pup that many people choose to ignore and neglect to account for.
Ignorance is indeed bliss in this case.
If I seem to have a superiority complex, it is because you make it so easy.
I have to say that Max is pretty inexpensive to have. One vet visit for vaccines a year and maybe one sick visit every 2 or so. Food, treats, flea and heartworm meds. So maybe about $500 a year. Zero dollars on destruction of property. I'm very lucky with that. he's such a good boy. Still SOOOO much cheaper than kids would be and he won't need me to pay for college and he never asks to borrow my car, doesn't talk back and loves me unconditionally.
Oooooo....and the pet sitters. I forgot about them. Add another $300 or so for them depending on how much we travel.
Because I have Bullmastiffs, I also have the expense of a vehicle to haul them around in.I bought an extended cargo van in 1995 so maintenance, gas, tires and repairs as well as insurance and registration fees are also costs of owning the dogs. I carry higher liability insurance on my home in case someone is injured by the dogs. I have a kennel building with indoor/outdoor runs that is used for my stud dog and the rescue dogs. This building is heated and air conditioned. I have crates of all sizes for transport and housebreaking. On the rare occasions when I have a litter, it is usually 10 to 15 pups and I need to buy formula to suppliment the dam's milk. The costs are mind boggling, but I will continue to do this as long as I can because the love the dogs give back is the best investment I have ever known. The happiness that the rescue dogs bring to their new owners and knowing the dogs are safe and well cared for is enough reward for all the work and expense.
I forgot about all the crates, and show paraphernalia,the fences, etc. My dogs don't really destroy a lot of my personal or household items. I've had the odd shoe chewed,and baseboards. I think where they've done the most damage is in my garden. I had to move all my roses, and quite a few trees and shrubs because of them chewing or peeing on them.
The reason I asked this question is that I have seen ads for people looking for free dogs because they can't afford to buy one. ????? I feed my dogs the best quality food that I can find, they have oddles of toys,. Vet visits and so on. Training classes etc. If a person can't afford to buy a dog can they afford to take proper care of one? I am not asking this question to pass judgment just to understand the logic.