I am looking for some purebred dogs that arent going to chew a hole in my wallet by buying them. <No pun intended> so i am thinking about $600 or less. not including shipping.. Any ideas are appreciated.
It depends on what you want. A well bred bulldogge can run over $1000, and most toy breeds can be pricey. A rare breed can run from $700 and up. Money shouldn't be your first concern, health should be. A reputable breeder has a higher price on their dogs becuase of all the health testing that they paid for. I put in over $1000 just in genetic testing per dog, that doesn't include the money spent on showing and raising the dog. Go visit the kennel if you can, make sure you get a written contract and health guarentee. The normally also contains a spay/neuter contract. If they don't have that walk away (unless you are looking for a breeding/show dog).
A cheap puppy could cost thousands at the vet with health problems.
A dog may not cost more than $600 but you do realize that there are other costs involved...like food, vet bills, (vaccines, illnesses,accidents, etc). And you may very well get acheap dog from a breeder but how much health testing do you think was done on the parents? Then you may be in for sky high vet bills.
I say go to a shelter and save a life.
In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn't merely try to train him to be semi human. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog. ~Edward Hoagland
Whatever you decide, go into it knowing that an unexpected health issue could arise. Decide whether or not you can afford the vet bills if something happens. Plus you have the cost of spay or neuter. This past winter my 7 year old dog had a major health problem and I took her to a specialist. That cost a lot! But she was worth it. Check out petfinder. If you adopt, your cost for the dog is a fraction and the adoption fee covers all or a portion of the spay/neuter if its a puppy, and if the dog is at least 6 months old its already done. Good luck with whatever you decide to do.
I support the shelter idea as well. Purebred dogs can actually have more hereditary medical issues because so many of them are inbred or because the breeding is so controlled that it doesn't allow for evolution to get rid of all their problems.
Stacy K * Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole. ~Roger Caras
The fact is if you buy from a reputable breeder who tests for herditary issues and backs them up in writing, this rules out any chance of it, and in the chance it did display an issue, you are covered by a contract.
Mixed breeds are just as prone to hereditary issues. The reason you dont here of the percentages of mixed breed genetic issues, is people simply do not spend their money testing their mixed breeds, so the comaprison isnt there.
Check with mixed breed breeders and see how many test for genetic issues in the purebred they use in the mix....slim to none. Also check to see how many will give you a contract in case anything did happen...again slim and likely none.
If owners and breeders of mixes tested theor dog and recorded results as the purebred breeders do, the results would speak for themselves, however that will likely never happen.
*this is not to say I do not agree with mixed breeds, I own one myself, and have ofyen suggested puppy inquiries to a rescue/shelter. I only do not condone the intentional breeding of mixed breeds only to claim no responsibility later when something goes wrong.
Always consider a shelter dog or rescue if you are wanting a mixed breed. But it is the choice of each individual as to if they want a mixed breed or a purebred, there should be no judgement made regardless of which they want.