I just want a Vizsla puppy BUT…

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@katy13:   Have you looked at the parent club’s web site for breeder info or Rescue information?   http://vcaweb.org/

Post # 5
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

Almost every reputable breeder I’ve heard about charges about $2000/puppy.

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Any reputable breeder is going to charge a similar amount.  Anything significantly less and you should worry about the breeders health and breeding standards.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@katy13:  any reputable breeder selling purebred dogs is going to charge that much. If you want a healthy dog from someone that treats their dogs well and does it the right way, you should be prepared to pay for it. If you don’t want to pay that much, you should look into adopting a Vizla from a shelter or Petfinder, etc. 

Post # 10
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

Then you don’t want to know how much my puppy cost.. She was $3500 at first. After some negotiating, including offering to spay her and the breeder’s other female breeding dog having a litter very soon, I got her for $2500, plus the cost of shipping. We got her from Utah. I love her to pieces and the next puppy we get will be a rescue, but this was FI’s engagement gift and we wanted a specific breed (Olde English Bulldogge). Yes, there were other breeders that charged less, but I didn’t feel as comfortable with them as I did with the one I went with.

Have you asked the one charging $2k if you spay/neuter the dog if they offer a discount? Most will – we got $500 off of ours for promising to do that.

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

@katy13:  They’re not the same breed though. GSPs are LOT more common than a Vizsla. You can find GSPs sitting in shelters. You cant expect breeders of two entirely different breeds to cost the same just because they’re both sporting breeds.

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Labrador retreivers are very common dogs, and are also bred terribly by most breeders. For a truly well bred black lab my family paid $1500, 5 years ago when our economy here was not doing well. For their current litters this spring they are charging $2500+ depending on the parents field trials. Breeding matters even more for breeds that are common because they are being inbred even more which creates loads of health problems, allergies, skin issues, hip issues in larger dogs etc… its really important to have a good breeder who cares about the health and mind of the dogs they are breeding for the future of the breed. If you don’t want to pay for the well bred purebred dog, check out petfinder and look for a vizla there. There are so many dogs without homes, and many of them look like they could have been purebred anyway.

Post # 15
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Busy bee

Reputable breeders are very busy on the show/tournament circuit right now, so it make take up to a week before you hear anything. I would also try calling if they provide their phone number on their website. This is (often) not their main source of income and so they’re really busy people. 

We paid $1500 for our purebred lab puppy and I have to tell you, for a rarer breed in a part of the country where they’re NOT common — you can expect to pay at least that. You’d have a better bet looking farther away for a breeder that you click with and then pay to ship the puppy to you. $1500 per puppy does not pay for the fees to make sure that both parents are tested in their area of expertise (either hunting, show, agility, etc.). It doesn’t cover the stud fee to use a stud outside of the kennel (since the best match for a dog may not be the one on the same kennel). It doesn’t cover the cost of health checks for both the sire and dam (SHOULD have hips, eyes, and thyroids checked — elbows and von Wilderbrands is optional.)

That said, I can’t find a single breeder who meets the requirements of a reputable breeder in Texas or the surrounding area that costs less than 2k. 

 

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