(Closed) How do you answer the 'how much did your dog cost' question?

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 17
431 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

@Sanvean:  Fiance and I just recently got an English Bulldog and although most people would consider him expensive, I think he was worth every penny (as well as the 10-hr drive in each direction just to get him)! He’s the perfect fit for us ๐Ÿ™‚

That being said, when people ask about the price I just tell them but I also explain the same things you listed.

Post # 18
9752 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2019

I haven’t been asked but if I was I would just tell them, purebreds are pricey!

Post # 19
8482 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

I’d probably tell them.

Its a stupid question anyways. Not all breeds cost the same and not all breeders charge the same.

Post # 20
5224 posts
Bee Keeper

@Deejayelle:  Just smile and rell them you can’t put a price on friendship or love ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 21
577 posts
Busy bee

‘A lot of sleep/sleeping in!’

Is my normally reply, followed by distracting cute puppy photos and stories. However I secretly always want to tell them, but only because I haggled 700 off the price and I felt pretty damn good about myself for working it, lol. 

Post # 22
4655 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@beachbride1216:  I should hope if one is buying a dog they wouldn’t use the phrase “adoption fee.”

I’d probaby go, “oh, are you interested? Do you want my breeder’s number?” (At which point they have to basically admit that it’s a silly and awkward question if they’re not.)

Post # 23
34 posts
  • Wedding: January 2010


@Bridey77:   Except you did. Because you paid for it. Just give them a ball park number. They’re just being nosy. Who cares. 

Post # 24
85 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

@lovelyhulagirl33:  I agree that they’re worth every penny. I’ve had four of them, over the course of about 15 years, and I couldn’t imagine my life without one. Congrats on your new addition! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 25
167 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I adopted a mutt from the shelter and it cost a boatload!  After we finished the process we said “should have just gotten the pure bred we wanted, would have been cheaper!”.  Of course, that’s not why we adopted a dog, but still!  After the $300 adoption fee, $450 in initial vet visits for vaccines and to take care of an infection that was acquired in the shelter, $650 for a personal trainer to help fix the issues hge developed by being a rescue, etc. etc.  I love him but man, he is no bargain dog! No one has asked me though because I”m sure they think since we rescued the dog he was free…how wrong you are people!  So if I got your question I would answer with something like “about the same as a rescue when everything’s said and done!”

Post # 26
1660 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I adopted my dog from a shelter that I worked at so they gave him to me for free. No one has asked how much he was, but random strangers tell me what a beautiful dog I have (they literally stop their cars while we are on our walk to tell me). lol  My mom has a purebred golden that they got from a good breeder and he is GORGEOUS, I mean, picture perfect stereotypical golden (English Cream variety, not American) and even I haven’t asked how much they paid for him, I know it was a LOT, but I don’t know what a lot means.

I say either be honest, or like Bebealways said “are you interested?  I can give you my breeder’s number”. It dodges the uncomfortable question and should make them realize it isn’t any of their business.

Post # 27
1613 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

We have a purebred English cream golden retriever & it feels like everyone asks…I usually just give them a range & I tell them that it depends on what you buy & it could be anywhere from $500-$5,000. 

Post # 28
1813 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall

I’ve never bought a dog, always rescue, but if I did I’d never buy from anyone other than a top notch breeder: competing for show/working titles, genetic health testing each parent and preferrably grandparents, never putting out more than a litter or two per year – shows they care about pet overpopulation and aren’t just popping out profit-litters. So, I’d tell the rude-asker the honest price and explain that genetic health testing, registering, showing, competing, etc aren’t cheap and the breeders need to recoup some costs with their single litter that year. A lot of people think that all there is to breeding is putting two dogs in a room and watching them screw, and there are “breeders” who do just that and make money off of nothing, but if I’m coughing up cash I’m expecting much more than that! I can get a “two dogs screw” purebred from the shelter for $200 with free speuter/vaccines voucher, which is what I usually do.

Sorry for soapbox!

Post # 29
879 posts
Busy bee

@Deejayelle:  I’d just say that you paid enough to make sure that you were getting a healthy puppy from a reputable breeder and change the subject. People are genuninely interested because you’re getting a dog that isn’t all that common, and doesn’t come from a shelter. Even getting a lab, we got the question 4 or 5 times. 

When we got our lab, we were scared to death by all the health problems that can pop up if you buy from a a hobby or back yard breeder. We searched for months, checked and verified that all parents, and grand parents were titled in their field as well as passed all their health checks for hips, elbows, eyes, and heart. We were on the waiting list long before the litter was born, and paid $1,500. This cost barely covers the cost of the genetic health testing, and veterinary care for the puppies for the 8 weeks that they were within the breeders care. She made no money off of the sale of her puppies. 

We could have easily gone with a lower quality breeder and paid $500 for full AKC registration but we wanted a dog that had a high drive, sound temprament, and the best chance possible to not develop genetic health issues. 

Our other dog is a rescue, which cost $250 and came spayed. ๐Ÿ™‚


Post # 30
3194 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Deejayelle:  we got asked that one time and i had no problem telling people – primarily because i try HARD to steer people away from pet stores/puppy mill situations and the price of our dog is one way to do that.

we have a purebred, female, champion-pedigree shih tzu from a breeder. she was $500. pure-bred, puppy mill, female shih tzu from pet store = $900 at least.

FWIW, we wanted to rescue so bad but couldn’t find a good fit for us (we were a young couple in college at the time). all the shelters in our area only had pit bulls (nothing against pits, they are just a big hassle because of housing laws, etc.) or small dogs with lots of health issues we couldn’t take on (heart worm, mange, etc.) a breeder was our backup plan, and it’s what we ended up having to go with.

Post # 31
1542 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Yea i’d prolly just say “way too much”…. then show them a picture of the dog and say “but how can you put a price on that face!”

Some people would buy a 2k purse and i’d buy a 2k dog. So as long as your not crying that your broke – who cares.

I really want to get a newfoundland dog one day – a purebread. Which are very hard to find from a shelter so i will get it from a breeder – but those are like 2k dogs. But again so worth it to me – and i’m definitely a big fan of rescues so i’d look all over for a newfie rescue with a purebread – but if i couldn’t find one id do a breeder. Ive always wanted a newfie and one day i will have one – but yes they are expensive.

OP, I love Alaskan Malamutes! So cute! Congrats!

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