Post # 1
A spin-off of the “why are professional photographers so expensive” thread.
I’m not against adopting pets, adoption is wonderful!
But I also know some people do want to buy from a breeder for whatever reason. And they wonder why they should pay $800-$1500 for a dog from a reputable breeder when Joe Blow down the street has the same breed for $100.
Here’s the breakdown of costs that a breeder striving to do things “right” incurs:
Post # 3
I was lucky to find a breeder when I was looking for a pup for my Fiance. FIs dog was the only dog in the litter and he stayed in the breeder’s home until he was old enough to come home. I was able to visit him often so when it was time for him to come home, it made the transition very easy. He is healthy and thriving 3 years later. Now that I see how much goes into breeding a healthy dog, I think I got a steal on the price.
Post # 4
A reputible breeder is one that is trying to keep the breed healthy. This entails multiple health screenings & preventitive type things. Paying that much for a dog should come with more than just “papers”. It should come with a health guarantee that the parents have been checked for thinks such as hip displaysia, cardiomyopithy, etc… Unfortunately not all “breeders” are reputible & think they can charge these prices without those things. Some times breeders that end up with puppies that shouldn’t be bred will sell those puppies at a reduced price but ONLY with a spay/neuter clause. Exampl – white Boxers shouldn’t be bred because they are not breed standard, dogs with a health issue shouldn’t be bred b/c their puppies might produce health issues…
I’m big on rescue but thought that info might help you understand!
Post # 5
I am all together opposed to people “buying” dogs when there are so many that need to be adopted….even in specific breeds. There are lots of specific breed rescues. With that being said, if anyone was to buy a dog from a breeder, you would want a reputable one to make sure the puppy is going to be in good health and that the animals are being treated well and come from a good place….the dogs from Joe Blow have a more likely chance of inbreeding and overbreeding that can lead to health problems in teh puppy. This is yet another reason why I don’t believe in “buying” dogs….who wants to spend that money? I love my mutt! 🙂
Post # 6
@shelbifox15 – Did you read the link? That is what the link is about. You’re preaching to the choir here!
Post # 7
@abbyful: I wish more people understood what it takes to get a well bred puppy. And that more people understood that the puppies in pet stores come from puppy mills 99.9% of the time.
It makes me sad to see all these “grown up puppies” in shelters because the owners didn’t do their research going in and bough some back yard bred dog for $100.
If you are going to buy a dog, you need to do your research. There are plenty of wonderful puppies/dogs out there to adopt, but if you want a purebred you need to get one from a reputable breeder who health tests the lines and follows all the breeding standards set forth by the breed club.
Post # 8
Oh man. This has been killing me lately. My last dog was… a handful. I got him when he was 3.5 and he had definitely been abused. His human aggression issues were so deep we finally had to admit defeat and euthanize him last year. I loved that dog so much. I still cry when I think about him too much. After that I said my next dog would be a puppy from a good environment.
Now I’m stuck because my first inclination is to still adopt since so many great dogs need homes but I need an easy one to help me get my confidence back. So I looked around for quality breeders in the area and realized that if they charge less than $500 or so I think they don’t value their dogs enough or put enough effort into improving the breed but if they charge more I can’t justify spending that much on a dog! Sigh. We’ll probably wind up adopting one from a rescue that fosters but it will probably take awhile for the right one to come along. Boo.
Post # 9
I’d love to adopt the dog I want but the breed I want, Japanese Akita, is fairly rare in the US. We don’t have a breed split between the American Akita and the Japanese Akita so a reputable breed is the best way to go unless I can find one at a rescue.