Show and hobby breeders usually charge the same amount for a puppy that they pay for a stud fee. But be sure you are dealing with a knowledgeable breeder and not someone who is simply tossing dogs together in order to avoid paying a stud fee.
If you are calculating that breeders make lots of money with big litters, think again. These tests usually involve anesthesia, x-rays, blood work, screening by a veterinary panel, and other vet work.
There are also tests involved for the male and female dog just prior to breeding to make sure they do not carry any sexually transmitted diseases; and often the breeder has progesterone tests and other lab work done on the female dog to be able to pinpoint the best time for breeding. They sell the remaining puppies to other show or hobby people and to pet homes, which helps to cover some of their costs.
Most show and hobby breeders are lucky to break even when they breed a litter and sell the puppies they don’t keep. Prices for puppies from a show or hobby breeder can range anywhere from about $500 to around $3000, depending on the breed.
If a breed is in demand and breeders have their phones ringing off the hook, prices will rise. Puppies in California and on the west coast almost always cost more than in other parts of the country, regardless of the breed.
The cost of dog food, vet care, and other dog-related services are higher in these areas. Before you buy any puppy you should talk to some good breeders who have the breed that interests you.
Money should not be the primary focus of your conversations, but it is fair to ask how much they charge for puppies when they have them. A good breeder will be there for you for your dog’s entire life, answering questions and helping you along the way.
Puppies sold on a spay/neuter contract usually average around $800.00 in price. Puppies sold for working or competing can be as high-priced as $1500.00.
Have you ever seen two people in a room, one a definite “Cat Person”, the other a “Dog Person”, and then hear them compare the prices of their chosen species? At least a three-generation pedigree (preferably more) Titled Champions (sporting, working, or Conformation titles) in the pedigree, within the first two generations listed (directly descended from).
Hips and elbows have been certified “Good” or “Excellent” by OF Aon both parents Eyes have been CER Fed free of genetic abnormalities. A guarantee that your dog is free from inheritable diseases and conditions, with replacement (not exchange) or refund terms, should something happen. Sample of the currently fed food, generally enough for the first few days, or more.
A mentor if you are planning to show, work, or breed your new dog. The price of a purebred puppy should include all of these things.
Now, Lance has always been a frugal man (a quality I have always respected about him) but I was not about to bargain shop for our new puppy. I can buy that cheaper on Amazon… To be fair, most of us aren't rich, and we don’t like wasting money (even if we can afford to).
What most people don’t consider is what each of those dogs will cost over their lifetime. A reputable breeder charges more because maintaining a proper breeding program is expensive.
For starters, quality breeding dogs require extensive health testing and clearances. Specific tests can vary based on the breed, but for Pembroke Welsh Corgis the most common health clearances include Hip Dysplasia, Elbow Dysplasia, CERF eye exams, cardiac evaluations, Degenerative Myelopathy (DM) and on Hildebrand Disease (FWD).
Unfortunately, this means one failed test can result in a total loss of investment for the breeder (money and time). What most people fail to realize is that after food, health testing, routine blood-work, medication, vet bills, loss of breeding stock, and countless hours invested, a reputable breeder won’t make much money.
Ask informative questions that help you gauge what quality of dogs they produce. Don’t feel pressured to buy right away without researching other breeders.
To be clear, the term BYB has nothing to do with where the dogs are bred, but has everything to do with the breeders breeding practices. They do not need to know your whole life’s story, but they should get a good sense of who you are and what kind of home their dogs are going to.
Never trust a breeder that won’t guarantee puppies for congenital or genetic defects. A reputable breeder should never contribute to the growing BYB epidemic.
Nearly all puppies should be sold on “Limited Registration” and breeders should be extremely picky with whom they sell “full AKC registered” dogs to. Backyard bred puppies often suffer from genetic and congenital diseases due to the lack of testing.
This allows disease-prone dogs to enter the gene pool and diminishes the overall quality of the breed. Regardless if the parents appear “healthy” or “have good conformation”, they can still carry bad genes and past them on to their offspring unknowingly.
If that $400 dog develops Degenerative Myelopathy (DM) or Hip Dysplasia, you’ll definitely be paying that $3,600 difference in vet bills alone. Not to mention you could easily pay a few thousand more on medication and other forms of disease management.
Keep in mind, these genetic diseases aren’t treatable ailments and your dog will never get better. If diagnosed, your dog will struggle with these ailments their entire lives.
‘Cheap’ purebred dogs usually end up costing more in the long run. Invest the money early on and buy yourself some peace of mind.
Along with the financial toll, there are also emotional costs involved with these preventable conditions. Watching your beloved family member’s health slowly deteriorate before you is absolutely heartbreaking.
With all these costs in mind, it is important to analyze your own financial standing. Backyard breeders live and thrive off of people who aren’t capable of purchasing a fully-tested and professionally bred dogs.
Not only are you encouraging unethical backyard breeding, but you are also putting your emotional and financial well-being at risk by purchasing a poorly bred dog. Save yourself the heartache and hardship and wait until you can afford an appropriately bred dog.
Bringing a furry family member into your home should always be a happy and exciting experience. Lastly, evaluate your home and determine if your family is ready for a 10+ year commitment.
If you and your breeder pass the interviews, your healthy puppy is headed to a great home. In fact, the average dog owner spends roughly $180 each month on their furry friend, according to Wallet research and estimates from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and the American Pet Products Association (APA).
But some breeds are more expensive than others, due to a combination of factors such as rarity, temperament, grooming requirements, common medical problems and even whether you plan on entering any dog shows in the foreseeable future. For instance, purebred Tibetan Mastiffs and English Bulldogs both cost more than $3,500 to purchase as puppies, on average, and they are also among the most expensive to care for and difficult to insure.
These high costs are a direct reflection of breed lineage, as purebred dogs are obviously more attractive for show purposes and many have developed serious hereditary ailments as a result of inbreeding. Such prodigious costs underscore the value of adopting one of the 3.9 million dogs brought to U.S. shelters each year and thus helping to save it from a roughly 30 percent chance of being euthanized, according to the ASPCA.
Not only do adoption fees (usually around $250, according to Wallet research) pale in comparison to the cost of buying a puppy from a breeder, but hereditary health problems will also be less of a concern because most shelter dogs are mutts. Whether you’re adopting, buying or just curious, you can find more information about dogs financial requirements, the most expensive breeds and saving on pet ownership below.
Most shelters will perform this service before you adopt a dog, which is yet another reason to do so rather than buying from a breeder. Spay/Neuter$180NOMany clinics offer free spay and neuter services to the local community in order to control the pet population. Dog Crate$50NOCompare options online and use customer reviews as a value guide. Collar, Leash & Tags$30NOThis shouldn’t be a major expense. Just make sure to get a strong enough leash and collar, so you don’t have to buy replacements too often. Training$140NOShelters often have affordable training classes, and there are copious amounts of free information online about the subject.
*Costs vary due to a number of factors, including the shelter, breeder and/or veterinarian that you use as well the size and age of your dog and your stance in regard to obedience training. It’s an expensive commitment to make, running the average owner north of $2,000 per year, according to data from the APA and the ASPCA.
Below, we’ll give both you and your wallet a better idea of what to expect, from the cost of your puppy starter kit to core annual expenses and even some one-off bills that prospective dog owners often overlook. Average costs are based on Wallet research as well as data from the APA and the American Kennel Club.
The table below will give you a sense of what to look out for, in terms of both relatively minor expenses that crop up every few years and major bills from things like surgery that may or may never be needed. This information can prove quite useful in terms of understanding the evolving financial burden imposed by pet ownership as well as by providing perspective regarding the difference between dog luxuries and necessities.
Like saving money in general, minimizing the cost of pet ownership requires a combination of foresight and day-to-day resolve. In other words, one must plan in order to provide at least a basic level of care for a pup no matter the circumstances, in addition to tracking spending habits over time to ensure that affordable luxuries don’t turn into financed necessities.