Ok we are breeding Ellie Mae this fall with my mom's co-owned stud. They are both out of championed parents and Ellie Mae is 2 years old. You know how unsuspecting buyers on the internet buy their un-show-quaity puppies for thousands of dollars? Well my mom was thinking that we should put our chihuahua puppies on the internet for thousands of dollars because people will buy them but these dogs WILL be healthy and show quality because of their lines. Is this a bad idea? I mean, we aren't selling "tiny toy doe-headed long legged arch backed" chihuahuas. They are show quality and the people will buy them at a higher price then those at dog shows... edited to add: Don't get mad at me guys, I want a really honest opinion, not a hatred response.
I think you should get ahold of some people who have complimented Ellie before, and see if they want one of her get. IMO, I would not buy a show quality pup for 2,000 dollars, even if it was a perfect Chihuahua. My limit would be 900. That's just me, though. ---Allie the Chihuahua http://www.dogster.com/?41063 ---Mönica the Kitty http://www.catster.com/?57596
If someone is willing to pay a higher price for the pups, then they definately have the money to take care of them, so sometimes higher prices are better for the puppy. The only thing I would worry about, is that the people that pay thousands for chihuahuas do so because of their size it seems. If these chihuahuas are more normal sized, I don't think someone will pay 'thousands' even if they are champion lined. People are weird like that.... I think too though that you should try to line up homes before the breeding. So that when they are here, they all have homes.
>IMO, I would not buy a show quality pup for 2,000 dollars, even if it was a perfect Chihuahua. < But the thing is, if people are willing to pay 2000 dollars for an ugly puppy like the bad breeders sell them for, then why wouldn't they buy a good one? I mean, if they will buy the tiny teacup toy thing, then they should get excited about show quality. lol! Mwahahaha! *rubs hands together real fast*
That's a tough one Chili. You see tea-cups and tiny's going for $3500+ and yet you can buy show quality pups, parents tested for $1000-$3000. Our poodle friends and us always say were in the wrong business. We could do better with poo mixes (but we never would because it's not about the money). I say get what the market will give, but you may be more satisfied to have your show pups go to a show home rather than a rich home. LTLGTO EDIT: Rich does not=good home.
EDIT: Rich does not=good home. That is so true. You guys probably remember me posting about Kiko one of my fosters? He was a $2000 dog who lived in a garage with another very expensive dog a standard poodle. Kiko's owner decided after having never potty trained him just allowing him to go potty on the garage floor to bring him in the house and make him a house dog. Well, unfortunately for Kiko his owner expected him to Not potty in the floor (Although he had done it his whole life). So his training lasted 2-3 days and he was dumped at the Humane Society with a nice donation and the explanation as to why she couldn't keep him. Oh but she didn't hesitate to brag on how much she had paid for Kiko and her Poodle.
I don't know how to say this without sounding a LITTLE harsh (I am sorry)- but why in the world would you want to sell puppies to dumb people who can't figure out that that $2000 is WAY overpriced for a chihuahua? Don't you want them to go to the BEST homes? To people who have done research into the breed- and know how to pick a good breeder? Remember- show quality parents do NOT equal show quality puppies. At best, 1 or 2 out of every other litter will truly be worth showing. I don't blame you for being irritated by the way ignorant people acquire puppies- but you can't use THAT to justify slipping from your morals as a breeder. You're bringing those puppies into this world- YOU are responsible for making sure they have places to go BEFORE they're here. :)
Very true, LongDogs. Ellie Mae could whelp a perfect example of what ISN'T a Chihuahua. So I think you should sell them at a good show or pet quality price. ---Allie the Chihuahua http://www.dogster.com/?41063 ---Mönica the Kitty http://www.catster.com/?57596