Do Papers Really Matter?
I think it's safe to say that most of
us are not rich, and we all appreciate a good deal. Why not?
Blowing money unnecessarily is just a waste, and most of us enjoy finding a
bargain even if we can afford to spend more. When shopping for cars,
electronics, furniture or even a pet, frugal living is the way of the wise
So, why the big deal about
shopping around when looking for a puppy?
The price that you pay for a healthy
well-bred puppy is minimal compared to the cost of raising, owning and
veterinarian costs for the life of a dog that's ill-bred and sickly.
"The bitterness of a poor-quality dog will linger long after the
sweetness of a cheap price is forgotten."
Ever heard the saying, "You
get what you pay for"? Yeah, well, the pet dog industry is one
place you won't find a better example of the prudence of that advice. Quality
in the breeding world can range anywhere from absolute crap to jaw-dropping
fantastic - and everywhere in between. And although it may not always
be this way, in most cases you're going to get exactly what you pay for.
Quality has never been cheap
and buying a quality puppy definitely is not! You are going to have to
expect to pay more than just a few hundred dollars to buy from a responsible
breeder. It is important to remember though that just because you are paying a
large price for a puppy it does not mean it is quality. There are several
factors that go into the price of buying a puppy from a good breeder. The ever
increasing price of top notch veterinary care is one of the main reasons, many
breeders spend thousands upon thousands each year at the vets. Not to mention
the money that goes into a breeders breeding stock, high quality diets,
pre-natal exams, pregnancy x-rays, supplements, emergency veterinary care,
c-sections, assisted whelpings when complications arise, vaccinations for
adults and the puppies, health testing, routine blood-work, dental cleanings,
veterinary exams/health checks for each puppy at least twice, sometimes 3
times! If you can imagine this is just the short list of costs, but it gives
you an idea!
I personally spare no expense for our
Bassets! Add to that that a responsible breeder rarely breeds a female more
than twice a year ,Now divide all those expenses by the number of puppies ( For
Bassets 8-10) and even at $1,250 most Responsible breeders are lucky if they
even break even. (Responsible breeders of any breed are lucky to break
Also, personally Bassets are hard to breed due to their body
size and short legs. Often requiring C-sections and vet assistance.
Because well bred dogs are expensive
to breed. Even poorly bred bassets are not cheap to breed. The dam often needs
a c-section for the birth that can cost $1,500 or more. Plus there is care for
the dam during pregnancy and after birth. If they do it right there is
health/genetic testing before breeding. The average litter can cost $6,500+
or so to breed by the time all is said and done.
When you purchase
a dog through a reputable breeder, you have to remember that the breeder has
already spent a good amount of money on veterinary care for the mother and the
pups, and that is reflected in the price of the puppy. Pre-breeding health
checks for both parents, stud fees, prenatal care, initial vet visits, shots,
wormings, food, and all the other things that the breeder takes care of long
before you ever get to bring your puppy home--these things cost a lot of money.
So What is a breeder's time
It is estimated that the
average breeder spends 120 hours per month caring for their dogs and pups.
This 120 hours cannot be scheduled around other obligations; other obligations
must be scheduled around your puppies. Basset puppies are extremely susceptible
to hypoglycemia and instant death during the first two months of life if they
are not cared for properly. So, having a litter of puppies for any breeder
pretty much takes a considerable chunk of time and independence from your life.
A good breeder will carefully screen and interview all potential buyers to
ensure that their puppies get placed in only the best homes. They will also
offer support to the puppy's new family to make sure that they are properly
prepared to care for the puppy, and they will stay available to help out any
purchasers in need, even if it means accepting the puppy back into their home
if problems arise.
Good puppies start long
before their parents are bred.
Both the sire and dam need constant
care, or conditioning, to produce the best offspring. This means regular
veterinary care, screening for genetic problems, pre-breeding health tests,
regular exercise and good nutrition.
It also means maintaining your dog's
mental health. Stressed animals can experience fertility problems. Many
breeders swear by the belief that the dam's temperament affects the puppies -
puppies come from good mothers. Consequently, they avoid breeding shy
or unstable dogs.
I personally feel NO BREEDER
SHOULD EVER have to explain or justify their prices. Quality dogs are
expensive to buy, expensive to maintain, and expensive to breed. Much goes into
breeding of dogs and the price a breeder is asking for their puppies is up to
Whether it's $500 or $2500 every breeder knows what
they've invested into their dogs, how much they've paid, and the quality they
are producing, registration, and their actual litter expenses.
When looking at purchasing a puppy
you can't just consider the cost of the puppy but a breeders overall expenses
to just obtain that litter.
Exceptional Quality Is Not
Expensive, It's Priceless!
"There is only one Happiness
in Life, To Love and Be Loved. "