I KNOW this topic is over discussed,but I need to get some information on it... [:
So, i was looking on my local classifieds website. On it, you can see pictures of the puppies for sale and a longer description of the dog,the dog's parents,and more detailed information. We have been seriously looking to get a dog since Christmas of last year, and as we are very picky about where the puppy comes from and the parents, and wanting a full bred chihuahua, it's been a long process.I check the paper every day almost,looking to find new puppies,and usually i can tell if calling the number is a waste of my time by the pictures and what the owner types. Such as "Chihuahua puppies, not registered, father on premises, not mother" So today was looking and came across this picture of an adorable Yorkshire terrier -chihuahua mix. It looks very cute and there wasn't a lot of information. It said 250 $, call for more information. then the number. here's a picture. It says she is 10 weeks old, had her 2nd shots and vet checked.
I was wondering if anyone thinks this is reasonable for this type of dog,especially because it is a mix. I personally don;t think a mix should be over 75$,but if i could have it explained or something to have it make sense,then thats great. Sorry to post ANOTHER post about this! Thanks, Chelsea
I am actually not a new member, I have been on TerrificPets for about 3 years,but made a new account.
If you like the dog, pay what you want for it. If not, then don't.
If you think that is too much for a mixed breed, I can take you to the White Marsh mall where they sell mutts for about $1,500.00.
Ask if her breeding pair were health tested, was this a planned litter. Ask how much having puppies costs...
If you want a mixed breed or a pure breed for around $75, I recommend visiting your local shelter. I doubt you will find too many chis there though, those are the lucky "cute" ones. Tell me how many "pitbull type" dogs, black dogs and cats you see though...might change your mind about the worth of a domesticated animals life.
ChelseaChica, this is a ridiculous amount of money to pay for a cross bred dog. Granted, she's adorable, but there are thousands of dogs sitting in shelters, waiting for someone like you to take one of them home. The owner of this dog is just blatantly trying to make money. You have no way of knowing what health problems this little dog may have, if not now, then in the future.
Argh,I can't edit my post,but anyways I want a FULL BRED CHI. I just wanted some clarity on this subject,and wasn't extremely serious about the dog, that's why I did not contact the owner.I would pay this much for a full bred Chi,actually probably what i would pay for a full bred chihuahua would probably be around the 550 mark or below. but not 250 for a mix.
Please consider the health of the pup much more than the initial cost. If you want a dog that is healthy and acts and looks like it is supposed to Go to a reputable breeder one that does all thehealth tests and has a genuine love for their breed. Believe me you will save money in the long run. A sick dog costs $$$$$$$ you cannot even imagine.
Of course there are plenty of cute dogs in the shelter! Most of them will die because people forget they are there. Pits is a whole separate topic with me, I could go on all day and I probably couldn't change your mind a bit so I will just leave that one alone. I will say that they are not a first, or even second pet owners dog. They deserve an experienced owner who will take the time on them and train them, work them like they are meant to be.
Can I ask what draws you to a chihuahua? As is the case with many popular breeds, you are going to have a hell of a time finding a decent breeder who breeds dogs that look the way chis are supposed to.
No offense to people who advertise in the paper, but you likely won't find the reputable breeders there. I would go to your local vets office, and start asking some questions/recommendations word of mouth. Maybe look on the boards there. You want breeders who rarely breed, breed for conformation, temperament, health (there is a list of health issues that commonly occur in the breed) serious breeding program with the lineage to show for it. Other than that, you are going to have to get on the Internet and dig around.
Stay away from anyone who calls them teacup, micro mini... Stay away from anyone who sells super cheap too. I would say $450, $500. is what you are looking to pay for a quality family pet.
When we bought our Chihuahua, OREO, a year and a half ago we paid $225 for him. The owners were not "breeders" , they did not have crates, x-pens, etc. They had one male and one female Chihuahua and a cat. This was not a planned breeding as they did not know the female was in heat and planned on getting her spayed. They were keeping one male pup for themselves and had already gotten the mother spayed by the time the rest of the pups were ready to be sold.They also had a two year old son and I was very impressed with the calmness and quietness of both dogs. Both dogs were very friendly and outgoing and seemed to really like the little boy. The dam was 5 1/2 pounds and the sire was about 7 pounds. I didn't want a really tiny "show" type Chihuahua. The pups were clean and healthy and were already being trained to go outside with their parents.I would never reward some one for purposely breeding mixed breed dogs or incourage a puppy mill owner by buying from them. OREO has been very healthy and was recently neutered. He weighs 6lbs.3oz. which I think is a good size. He is very friendly and is good with children ,other dogs and loves the cats. I don't think we could have found a better match for our household at any price.
I don't know about prices in other parts of the country, but a pet store near my house in Manhattan is selling very small white Chihuahua puppies for $5,000 each.
At first when I saw the price, I was so outraged by the greed, I hoped the puppies wouldn't sell. Now that I see the little guys in the same window for a month, I hope someone can buy both, so they can be together, and not spend more time in a store window.
Besides this price, the Chihuahuas I've seen cost $2,000 to $3,000 in my area.
Most areas of the country have at least one AKC or UKC (United Kennel Club) show in their area a year. This is a GREAT place to locate a good breeder - especially with a popular breed. I'm not saying every breeder who is active in conformation is a gem - but it's much easier to find a good breeder when they are active with their dogs outside of just popping out litters randomly. You ideally want a puppy from a well planned litter - and that means that their research and planning started from the day they got each parent. They researched pedigrees to make sure they were breeding healthy lines, they have met and had their hands on not just the parents of their puppy, but also the grandparents and as many relatives as they can find (because puppies don't look or act just like Mom & Dad and they certainly don't just have the "genes" of just Mom & Dad - you're more apt to get a look alike to Grandpa than Dad). Planning has a lot more to it than what color you want the puppies to be and how many pounds you hope they weigh.
I agree that you're probably not going to find much as far as quality in the paper. I don't even advertise in my local paper because the other breeders there have standards so much lower than what my breeding program is about... and honestly, MOST of the people who look for a puppy there also have really low standards and usually want something for nothing.
Another great place to look for a great pet - find your local AKC chapter kennel club or a training club. They usually know the good breeders in the area. Find people who are active with their dogs outside of breeding and you usually have a good start in searching for a breeder who is passionate about dogs - not about selling puppies. There is a difference.
Don't rule out breed rescue or a Shelter. You can still find a pure bred Chi. You just have to have more patience. If you're okay with spending $250 from an uneducated BYB, you're better off getting a rescue pup/dog as you'll get exactly the same quality of dog, raised almost the same way (most Shelter/Rescue dogs are BYB bred - purchased from the paper or internet, whatever the faster way to get instant gratification is - sold to pet owners who didn't do their homework or were too lazy to actually commit to a dog on every level). Usually, what you pay will include spay/neuter and most/all vaccinations and you'll know the puppy/dog has been checked thoroughly by a vet and has been wormed. You don't get that with a pup from the paper.
Don't give money to people who are using their dog as property without the knowledge to do so with their well being in mind, or with the well being of the people who are buying their puppies. It's like buying a car from a shady used car dealer. Most BYB's MEAN WELL - but they can't tell you about the health issues in their breed let alone how to prevent them, they don't know what good structure is (so you get a puppy with joint problems because they are badly put together), and for all they know, the grandfather of the puppies died at 3 years old of a genetic defect. That's being lazy and irresponsible - and no matter how good intentions are, the shelters will stay full, and breeders will continue to have a bad name if we keep supporting irresponsible breeders.
I think $200 even from a shelter is reasonable - and much more reasonable than from a BYB or Puppymill because the pups have at least been thoroughly checked by a vet, properly wormed, and are well vaccinated. You don't get that guarantee from the person in the paper asking $200. Most of the time their puppies haven't been to the vet, haven't been vaccinated, and have never been wormed... you can tack $25-40 on for each vaccination you have to do - and probably $50-75 in fecal checks and wormer when you buy from a BYB... so shelters are still more reasonable on their price.
And you know what the shelter is charging you is what they actually put into caring for the puppy. It will go towards future bills for other unfortunate dogs. It's not going to buy a new washing machine for a lazy breeder, or (and I have heard this...) to pay for their kids private school tuition. You know where most/all the money you give to a shelter is going... that has to be worth something!
wow, i have never seen a dog for sale that was over $1000 bucks, why do people want to charge so much for a dog.. the most i have paid for a dog was $150. and that was for a min pin. my mother in law gave me a dog that she paid $400 for which is a pom. but personaly i would never spend that kind of money on for a dog. unless it was for vet bills. but one of my best dogs which is my baby, was a stray that i adopted, i don't know what she is exactly but the vet said she was a chi mix.. and my mother had a chi mix which the vet told us that he might be what they call a deerheaded chi.. idk though he is tall and slender.. with a flat top head. and they mated and had some of the cutest puppies, which we gave me away, i didn't see the point in tring to sale a mixed dog that hadn't even had shots yet.. which i know that i bought a min pin/ pappilion mix for 20.00 buck before that hadn't had shots but i really wanted her, and i guess that is the point of the prices if people really want it, they will pay what ever just to get it.. but for some reason i have noticed that alot of the prices of dogs have gone up in the last few years, and less people want full blooded dogs and more of these so called "designer dogs".
i wormed them, but i didn't give them shots, the people that got them were well aware that they had not had shots, and were willing to give them to the pups there selves, most of the people that got them were friends or family members, except for one person, we kept 2 of them, my brother got one, and a friend got 2 and then a lady i met through a pet exchange website got one... and they all knew that they hadn't had them.
At the LA County animal shelter, dogs are only $37.00.This price includes initial vaccinations, spaying and neutering, a 7-day exchange and a free veterinary medical examination at a participating veterinary office. I have been keeping an eye on available dogs and there is a breeder who keeps dumping dogs in the Lancaster (CA) and Castaic (CA) shelters. Last week there were about 15 purebred Shih Tzu and 5 Yorkies. Most of them have been adopted by rescue organizations.