Post # 1
SO and I have paid a deposit on a purebred Alaskan malamute. I’ve had the question asked a couple of times ‘how much are they?’. It’s not like the people that have asked are looking to get one themselves, so I don’t know the politest way to answer the question (because some people don’t understand why people would pay X amount of dollars for a pet). Any other Bees gone through this, and how do you handle it?
Post # 3
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@Deejayelle: “There’s an adoption fee but I’m not sure about it. We’re really looking more to find the perfect fit for our family; money is a secondary consideration.”
Post # 4
I’d laugh and go “Too much! Some people like (fancy cars, fancy handbags, whatever). Not us! We have a terrible thing for dogs!”
It dodges the question, and changes the subject!
Post # 5
@Deejayelle: When we first got our puppy, I was shocked by how often people would ask us that question! I usually just tell them. We paid $1200, which is about average for a purebred, so I figure I’m not saying anything they couldn’t find out with a little Googling.
Congrats on your new puppy!
Post # 6
Can’t say I’ve ever been asked that. Are you telling people you got your dog from a breeder and that he’s purebred? Because if you are, you’re pretty much drawing attention to the fact that you’re spendig a lot of money on a dog, and they’re probably pretty curious about how much a dog would cost. I’m always curious myself, mainly because it blows my mind how much they cost when they’re available at shelters for a small adoption fee.
Honestly, if you don’t want to discuss it, I wouldn’t tell people you’re buying a dog. Plus, a LOT of people are going to have opinions on it – that you should have rescued/adopted instead, etc. You’ll get sick of that really fast.
Post # 7
I don’t like to tell people unless I really know them well. Makes me nervous when you hear the stories of people stealing dogs out of back yards and such. I usually lie and just say “oh he was the last of the litter so I got him cheap” or something like that, lol.
Post # 8
- Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL
It depends on who asks. If it’s a family member, unless they are being patronizing I’ll be honest with them and tell them. If it’s a random stranger on the street it depends on the context of the conversation. If they’re truly interested in Frenchies, I will tell them. I have a rare blue fawn and a cream, so sometimes people are genuinely interested.
Post # 9
I always said that ours were pound puppies. Otherwise i think @BrandNewBride has the right approach. It is just a dog and while i wouldn’t randomly ask that question, i don’t think it’s out of the question. Not quite the same rudeness level as asking what your ering cost.
@Deejayelle: i hope you’ve had one similar before haha! They are beautiful dogs but the one my family had when i was growing up (malamute x) was the most impossible animal. It wasn’t that she was stupid; quite the contrary. She just didn’t care. There was nothing you could do for her or to her that would entice her to do what you said unless she already felt like it. She was wonderful at making my mom feel safe when us kids were little and dad worked nights though 🙂 and boy was she pretty frolicking in the snow! Don’t mean to be debbie downer, just make sure you know what you’re doing training-wise 🙂
Post # 10
I get asked about my dog since he’s a Corgi and they aren’t really all that common. People tend to be curious. We are honest, we tell them “well we got a great deal on him, we paid a third of what a breeder would charge. He was a ‘surprise’ puppy and they just wanted a good home for him and his sister, they weren’t concerned about making money off of them”
Mama dog had medical issues after the birth of the pups. What we paid for him and what his sister cost barely covered the medical costs!
Corgis easily sell for around $1500, we paid $500. People will also sit on a wait list for them for up to a few years.
Post # 11
@Deejayelle: A couple of people have asked me, and I just answer honestly, “We paid $150.” That being said, our dog (a retired racing greyhound) came from a rescue group. If you feel like this question is rude (and questions about money in any form generally are, I think, unless among very close friends, but still) I would just say, “it’s not really something we share with people.” That is what I say when people ask me how much our mortgage is!
Post # 12
I’ll tell people. Like pp have said, a google search and they can get the average.
Post # 13
People are asking because you’re buying a dog instead of adopting one. So…just tell them.
Post # 14
@beachbride1216: I love the second part of you answer! However, saying “adoption fee” sounds like the dog came from a shelter, rescue group or a person who previously owned the dog when it did not, it came from a breeder. I do not have a problem with people getting pets from responsible breeders, but that is not “adoption.”
Post # 15
I’ve had English Bulldogs for years, which is one of those breeds that people always ask a lot of questions about, including cost. With people I know, I just tell them the truth as I don’t see the big deal. Otherwise I give the general price range. I explain why they are so expensive and that they have a ton of health problems and continue to be expensive throughout their lives. Their popularity has soared in recent years, and I hope it encourages people to research before committing to one.
Post # 16
When I’ve been asked how much I paid for my corgi Oliver I say “He was expensive because he came from a great breeder. He was worth every penny!” Then I tell them how much I paid.