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

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 62
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I was an owner of an Irish Wolfhound (RIP Seamus) and they were pretty rare here in the midwest so I got this question a lot. I basically just said “They cost as much as any other pure bread dog with a great healthy line” and just left it at that.

Post # 63
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943 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@Deejayelle:  I usually like to say, “Guess!” because we have a purebred Border Collie (now 10 months old).

I think it’s funny the range of guesses, so far up to $2500 lol

He’s a rescue and we paid $300 for all his shots and he came neutered.  His name is Sunny and he’s AWESOME! Smartest dog I’ve ever met. 

 

 

 

 

he loves loves loves the snow, he leaps around snapping at every flake it’s so cute.

 

 

Post # 64
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2016

I have a full breed pomeranian that I got from a breeder. I got a great deal on him looking back ($350) so I have no problem telling people how much I paid. They also tell me I got a great deal because most of the time they are $800+. But in general I think that’s a pretty crazy question and would never ask someone that unless they talk about how expensive it is to begin with. But I also would have paid $1500 for my dog if I had to, he is totally worth it.

Post # 66
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Deejayelle:  People are so weird. I mean, why not just ask how much my shoes cost, or my boob job.. haha, kidding on that last one. But seriously, unless they are interested in buying one they don’t need to ask. And if they ARE intersted in buying one, then they should already know ballpark.

Where my husband used to live (not the best neighborhood) I was always afraid of telling people about our dog bc I echo@Westwood:‘s concern about him getting stolen. He’s a boxer but looks a little like a pitbull and I was afraid someone would want to steal him and use him for fights. Sometiems I would pretend that he was aggressive when walking next to people so they wouldnt think of messing with me and someitmes I would pretend he was a wimp if they started asking questions about aggression. Like “nahhh he wouldnt know what to do if a dog tried to start something, but when he sees people get too close to me, WATCH OUT!” Lol! 

I am lucky in that I have the best response to that question. Both my dogs were FREEEE!!!! My SIL couldnt keep our boxer bc her son had a lot of medical issues including allergies. We got our Frenchie a few months ago after a friend told me he couldnt take care of her anymore with his work schedule and asked if I would take her. I had been pet sitting for her for close to a year and was THRILLED! Frenchies are expensive and I had considered saving for one but at 4500-5000 a pop that was likely never going to happen! 

Anyway, while I would not be okay discussing prices, I love telling people how our dogs landed in our family ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Post # 68
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

People are noisy, I would just reply, “why are you interested in getting one? If so I can give you the breeder’s number”

We adopted our dog from the shelter, and we have had people ask us how much she cost? Why we got one from the shelter instead of buying a purebred puppy? Some have even implied we went the cheap route, whatever. People will always find a reason to judge.

Here is our beautiful shelter dog, she was 18 months when we adopted her. Cocker spaniel ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 69
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3199 posts
Sugar bee

@sehrler:  Yay for border collies!

 

I just tell people, but they normally don’t ask. I’ve never asked the cost of a dog unless I was seriously considering one from the breeder I was requesting information from. I don’t really see the point if you aren’t seriously looking. 

Our dog was $750. The next one I am looking to get is $1200, but that is a few years down the line. I would love it if people only bought from reputable breeders because they cost so damn much, maybe people would think twice about getting a pet they couldn’t keep for its entire life…..anyway, can’t put a price on this love!

Post # 71
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@emmos:  Corgis sell for that much? Man, I’m gonna consider that the next time my derpy rescue corgi decides to pee by the back door because he doesn’t like the snow ๐Ÿ˜› (I kid of course) 

I’ve never got a dog from a breeder, but I don’t think it would bother me if people I knew asked about the cost of the dog. People ask me how much our adoption fees were from the shelter, I would assume it’s the same type of question. Unless they’re just obviously asking because they want to judge you for it. Then I’d probably wouldn’t answer them or I’d be vague. 

Post # 72
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@fvsoccer:  so beautiful, look at that perfect blaze! gotta love them ๐Ÿ™‚

oh and i would just like to add, IMMEDIATELY after I just bragged here about how smart he is, I saw Sunny chewing something…walked over and picked it up and IT WAS A POOP Foot in MouthSurprised

Post # 73
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

@Deejayelle:  Well I have a pittbull and a chi-weenie lol so I would laugh and say uh…nothing.

But in your situation I would do what brandnewbride said and just chuckle and say “too much!” If they press the matter I would tell them the truth.

Post # 74
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943 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@fvsoccer:  oh and I have the same pool for Sunny, he loves “digging” in the water! This is last summer when he was only about 4 months old.

Post # 76
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Bee Keeper

I’m pretty sure it varies, so that’s what I’d say. I don’t know because it varies.

If someone asked me specifically how much MY dogs cost me (never has happened btw), I would probably give them a funny look and say I don’t remember or something (so that they obviously know that it’s not really that I don’t remember but that I don’t want to discuss it.)

By The Way one of our pets is a rescue (like literally, found abandoned on the street) and equally wonderful to the others so I really don’t like to differentiate them based on adoption cost.

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