is a purebred dog from a responsible
breeder so expensive?
Those who think a good
breeder can make an easy dollar are
wrong. A breeder has many expenses.
It starts with buying a bitch, what
follows next are the dog shows, where
a judge looks at the dog and estimates
if a dog meets the standard. But that's
not all there is, the bitch gets tested
for various hereditary diseases (every
purebred dog is prone to such illnesses,
because of the small gen pool).
If a bitch is an adequate
dog for breeding plans, only then starts
the search for a stud dog. Breeders
put up with long travel routes and high
fees to find the perfect match. During
the pregnancy the dog will of course
receive veterinary checkups. That includes
ultrasonic testing, to get sure that
there are no problems and no high risk
pregnancy which could endanger the puppies
and / or the mother. Ideally the birth
will take it's natural way, but sometimes
there can be problems who will make
a c-section necessary.
The price also includes,
special, high grade premium food, during
and after the pregnancy (during the
lactation). The puppies also don't get
feed cheap super market dog food, but
high grade food to guarantee an optimal
upbringing. Adding up to the final price
are also the vet visits with the pups,
who will - of course - get vaccinated,
dewormed and have a microchip implant.
If you consider that
a average litter has only 3 puppies,
it has to be clear, that a responsible
breeder can't expect any profit with
The backyard breeder
has it easier, he just mates 2 random
dogs, without considering any of the
hereditary diseases, who will most likely
develop those illnesses at a later stage.
He saves himself from expensive vet
bills, putting the cost on all the pups,
feeds cheap - therefore substandard
- food and so on. In 90% of all the
cases the puppy owner then pays the
price difference (or even more) for
vet bills, because the pups get weaned
way too early and grow up under horrific
circumstances. Never you should buy
a dog, because you pity him, even if
the dog is whining so it makes your
heart melt. If you buy a dog, you just
support the puppy mills/backyard breeders.
Cause the supply always meets the demand.
Literally for every little dog you save,
two or three will follow!
Each dog is a living
being, therefore there can't be a 100%
guarantee, that maybe some time in the
distant future, the dog will develop
an illness. The difference is, that
this is going to happen most likely
if you get a dog from a backyard breeder,
while a responsible breeders does his
best to eliminate hereditary diseases
or a breed's dispotions to it.