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Re: How much does a Dog Cost?
« Reply #25 on: November 07, 2008, 10:02:32 pm »

You just pay for the spay/neuter, shots and anything else.

There are generally some catagories to be aware of when you are off to buy puppies somewhere

#1  Top End Breeder.  These guys have a specific goal.  They know the strengths of their individual dogs, and they know their weaknesses.  They have an 'ideal' concept for their breed and they are attempting to create it.  They will go to great lengths to find the mate for their dog that has the potential to eliminate flaws and strengthen already good areas.  If you are buying a show dog for them, rightly, the price will be HIGH.  If you are buying a pet quality dog, you will still pay $500 to $1000.  I personally think non-show dogs should be sold dirt cheap to undercut the other catagories of of dog breeder, and only the show quality pups, the purpose of the breeding, should be assigned the task of 'covering' the cost of breeding and any margin of breeder profit.

#2 Back Yard Purebreed breeder.  Some local gets a purebred dog and that is fine.  He then finds out that down the way, another neighbor has a purebred of the same type, and these two yahoos think it is a good idea to make some puppies because they will be PUREBRED! and they can sell them for lots of money.  However, just because a dog is a purebred doesn't mean it is a good example of the breed, and by selecting the nearest convenient dog for mate, you are playing russian roulette and often end up stacking negative traits and flaws.  Purebred at one time denoted a dog that came from a careful breeding program, now it is just a hakey gimmik for most backyard breeder. 

This also applies to 'Labradoodle' (labrador X poodle) Cockapoo (Cocker spaniel x poodle) or any other 'lets get two purebreds from different breeds and create a cute name' breeders also.

Sometimes this is most clear when you look at non-purebred breeding programs.  Many folks who breed dogs for sled-dog races do NOT have purebreds.  Instead they look at the individual and will breed it with a specific dog of ANY breed that is capable of overcoming the shortcomings of the mate.  They take great care and have a specific goal in mind.  These dogs while not purebred are how ALL purebreds used to be treated...and why it used to be that purebred meant something.

#3 Puppy Mill  Breeder.  This is worse than #2.  These guys for the most part act the same.  They simply want puppies for profit, and to cash in on the fact that their dogs are 'purebred'.  They don't care about the specific match.  However, the real problem here is the fact that most of these dogs are bred in inhumane conditions, live in a cage and just give birth over and over and over and over again.  Because it is uneconomical to get rid of a flawed dog, they will breed anything, so in addition to the tons of accidental flaws,they have no problem seeding the breed with terribly flawed examples.  Heck, they probably started out by getting a terribly flawed example from a backyard breeder because that was the cheapest one, and it was a purebred like the rest

#4 Neighborhood OOPS.  This is like #2, two dogs mate simply due to convenience and geographical closeness.  However, in this case it is generally not intentional.  Because the dogs are of different breeds or even mutts themselves, the chance of stacking flaws is GREATLY reduced.  You might even have some aspects of Hybrid Vigor going on.  If the dogs managed to do some escaping to accomplish the mating, you are also by accident selecting for dogs that are more intelligent than average.  Finally the creme de la creme here is that because the dogs AREN'T purebred, they often command a much more reasonable price.

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