WHAT A BREEDER CHARGES FOR THEIR PUPPIES- WHY ARE YOUR PUPPIES SO EXPENSIVE?
Adapted from an article By Tanisha Breton
I think it's safe to say that most of us are not rich, and we all appreciate a good deal. Why not? Blowing money unnecessarily is just a waste, and most of us enjoy finding a bargain even if we can afford to spend more. When shopping for cars, electronics, furniture, or even a pet, frugal living is the way of the wise these days. So, why the big deal about shopping around when looking for a puppy? The price that you pay for a healthy well-bred puppy is minimal compared to the cost of raising, owning and veterinarian costs for the life of a dog that's ill-bred and sickly.
"The bitterness of a poor-quality dog will linger long after the sweetness of a cheap price is forgotten."
Ever heard the saying, "You get what you pay for"? Yeah, well, the pet dog industry is one place you won't find a better example of the prudence of that advice. Quality in the breeding world can range anywhere from absolute crap to jaw-dropping fantastic - and everywhere in between. And although it may not always be this way, in most cases you're going to get exactly what you pay for.
Quality has never been cheap and buying a quality puppy definitely is not! You are going to have to expect to pay more than just a few hundred dollars to buy from a responsible breeder. It is important to remember though that just because you are paying a large price for a puppy it does not mean it is quality. There are several factors that go into the price of buying a puppy from a good breeder. The ever increasing price of top notch veterinary care is one of the main reasons; many breeders spend thousands upon thousands each year at the vets. Not to mention the money that goes into a breeders breeding stock, high quality diets, pre-natal exams, pregnancy x-rays, supplements, emergency veterinary care, c-sections, assisted whelpings when complications arise, vaccinations for adults and the puppies, health testing, routine blood-work, dental cleanings, veterinary exams/health checks for each puppy at least twice, sometimes 3 times! If you can imagine this is just the short list of costs, but it gives you an idea!
I personally spare no expense for our Biewers! Add to that that a responsible breeder rarely breeds a female more than twice a year and due to the fact that Biewers have such small litters usually only 2, or if you’re lucky, 3 puppies. Biewers are hard to breed because of their small size. They will require veterinary care, and can require c-sections costing thousands. Now divide all those expenses by the number of puppies and most responsible breeders barely even break even. (Interestingly, responsible breeders of any breed are lucky to break even)
High quality show dogs are expensive to own and expensive to breed. Anyone who breeds small dogs and does not have at least $5,000 cash in the bank to pay for veterinary expenses is irresponsible. Any purebred dog is going to be expensive. When you purchase a dog through a reputable breeder, you have to remember that the breeder has already spent a good amount of money on veterinary care for the mother and the pups, and that is reflected in the price of the puppy. Pre-breeding health checks for parents, stud fees, prenatal care, initial vet visits, shots, wormings, food, and all the other things that the breeder takes care of long before you ever get to bring your puppy home--these things cost a lot of money.
It has been said that exceptional quality is not expensive, It's PRICELESS!
It is estimated that the average breeder spends 120 hours per month caring for their dogs and pups. These 120 hours cannot be scheduled around other obligations; other obligations must be scheduled around your puppies. The small size of Biewer puppies make them extremely susceptible to hypoglycemia and instant death during the first three months of life if they are not cared for properly. So, having a litter of puppies for any breeder pretty much takes a considerable chunk of time and independence from your life. A good breeder will carefully screen and interview all potential buyers to ensure that their puppies get placed in only the best homes. They will also offer support to the puppy's new family to make sure that they are properly prepared to care for the puppy, and they will stay available to help out any purchasers in need, even if it means accepting the puppy back into their home if problems arise. Look at it as an investment in your emotional health you couldn't get any mental health professional to treat you daily for the next 15 years for the price of a Biewer puppy!
My hope is that people who are willing to pay for one of my puppies will provide a very good home. That they have thought long and hard, researched and read about Biewers and other dogs before deciding on a puppy they purchase. Not just anyone can walk up, pick up a Biewer and take it home. They are high maintenance, fragile, tender and the best emotional investment for the right family which is priceless!
Good puppies start long before their parents are bred. Both the sire and dam need constant care, or conditioning, to produce the best offspring. This means regular veterinary care, screening for genetic problems, pre-breeding health tests, regular exercise, and good nutrition.
It also means maintaining your dog's mental health. Stressed animals can experience fertility problems. Many breeders swear by the belief that the dam's temperament affects the puppies - good puppies come from good mothers. Consequently, they avoid breeding shy or unstable dogs.
Nearly anything of higher quality has a higher price tag than a similar item of lower quality. For example, diamonds are pricier than cubic zirconium, and cubic zirconium is pricier than rhinestones. High quality puppies come from high quality parents.
Quality parents (sire and dam) are expensive to buy, expensive to maintain, and expensive to breed. The purchase price of my males, as well as my females is in the very high end of the dog price scale. Each of my dogs is “show quality”, and most of them are champions. The cost of showing and “championing” a dog is at least $3,000, by the time travel and hotel bills are considered.
Much goes into breeding of dogs, and the price of a puppy must reflect that. For example, each litter costs a minimum of $1,000 in veterinary services, and may exceed that by several thousands of dollars. On top of that, each dog, male and female alike, must have pre-breeding veterinary screenings, and each litter consumes quite a bit of high-end, natural food. In conjunction with all of that, costs must be incurred for pedigree registration, micro-chipping, DNA testing, and health screening for each and every puppy.
When looking at purchasing a puppy people should consider the quality of the puppy, and the quality of the lives of its parents..
Exceptional Quality Is Not Expensive, It's Priceless!
"There is only one happiness in life: To Love and Be Loved. “
I am A TRUE BREEDER, as I am not doing this for financial gain. I put my whole heart into producing the highest quality, best socialized, and most wonderful puppies possible. Raising a litter of puppies is a lot of work. (Did you know that each litter requires about 3 loads of laundry every day?). I am at risk financially, true. But even more importantly, I truly love these puppies, and want nothing but the very best, loving homes for them.
“The risk of love is loss, and the price of loss is grief. But the pain of grief is only a shadow when compared the pain of never risking love.”
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Quality is not expensive; it’s Priceless!