How We Determine A Puppy Price (Please Read to Bottom of Page)
Dog breeding is becoming more and more difficult in today’s times. Food & Medical expenses top the list for breeders trying to keep Goldens affordable on creating the perfect "healthy, long lived" family pet besides trying to be competitive in the dog show world.
THE "COST" OF RAISING A PUPPY IN TODAY'S 2015 ECONOMY IS:
$ 1,211.00 to 2,126.00 (Please See Chart Below)
Today, we map plan and plan our breeding's for months. We are forced to breed mostly by technology using Progesterone testing to target the perfect conception date, FedEx to ship the semen from point A to B and Ultrasound to determine pregnancy. This all costs money to do it right! Then once she is pregnant we wait the 63 days to see if she will be able to have them naturally or a caesarian section. Once the puppies are here are "dog mom" jobs begin…imprinting, laundry, sleeping by the whelping box so no one gets laid on, potty training starting at 4 weeks, more laundry, no sleep for the wicked and then socializing and more laundry. We finally get to have a full night sleep around the 4th week. It is a monumental task to do it right and keep everyone healthy and happy. Then back to the vets to make sure everyone’s heart is beating correctly and review their overall health.
The next step is one of the most important steps and good breeders rely on their reputation, previous buyers and friends to send them potential puppy buyers. Then the interviewing process of potential owners begins.
Thanks to all our good friends who send good people and make our job a bit easier for this task for we are getting tired at this point and puppies are rearing to go explore outside.
We believe in:
* Raising Goldens puppies in our home to obtain the best social skills as adults.
* Minimal Vaccinations- Jean Dodds and Ronald Schultz's Minimal Vaccination Protocol
* Litter Potty Training starting at 4 weeks
* Nursing until 6 weeks to maximize immunity.
* Socializing with other adult mothers and some sires at 7 weeks to obtain good social skills. Our seasoned adults are used to raising puppies and this makes it easier for the puppy to go to their new home were he/she might be the 2nd dog coming into a house hold. They learn quickly how to interact with another adult besides there mother.
The chart below is so you can see the costs involved in raising a well socialized litter of Golden Retrievers in today’s times. This is our hobby and our passion. We do our best to stay current on medical issues and environmental issues which affect our Goldens life.
So next time you are searching for your “perfect” new family member remember to ask all the important questions but also make sure you thank your dedicated breeder for their efforts on raising a healthy golden. This page was written so buyers could grasp how we arrive at our asking price of our puppies and how difficult our jobs of trying to keep a quality Golden Retriever affordable to the average family. There is a difference between good breeders and not so good breeders just like everything else in life.
GOLDEN RETRIEVER COSTS BREEDING A LITTER PRICE
DAM REQUIREMENTS:"The Big 4" GRCA Hereditary Conditions"NOT INCLUDING SHOW EXPENSES"
OFA Hip Dysplasia$100.00 to 180.00
OFA Elbow Dysplasia$100.00 to 180.00
CERF Eye Clearance"LIFETIME 12 yrs" Yearly Eye Exams $100. x 12 = 1,200.divided by 3 litters = $400.00
OFA Heart ClearanceAuscultation vs Echocardiogram $175.00 to 600.00
OFA Throid Test Blood Test $125.00
DAM REQUIREMENT TOTAL:(PRIOR TO BREEDING)$900.00 - 1,325.00
Vet Check on Dam CBC Blood Work-Smear for Infections $200.00
Timing/Progesterone Tests $140.00 per test/3-6 Tests per Breeding $420.00 to $840.00
STUD DOG FEE: Service Fee (Deposit) $300.00
Remainder of Stud Fee (3 live puppies) $1,200.00
SHIPPING SEMEN EXPENSES:
A. Fresh Chilled Semen (X2) Canine Shipping Box; Semen Extender; Ice ( these charges are if the stud dog owner packages it. More $ if a vet prepares it for shipping) $200.00
B. Frozen SemenTank Rental; Preparation Fee; Tank Return $400.00 to $600.00
Plus Shipping Fees:FedEx; UPS; Airplane-Counter to Counter; Bus $200.to $600.00
SEMEN INSEMINATIONS: (Pick one: A. B. C. or D. Expenses)
A. Natural breeding Driving to Stud Dogs Location xxx.xx
B. Artificial Insemination (A-I) If performed by a Vet $150.to 300.00
C. Transervical"Vet Procedure" (usually inseminated twice) $300.to 600.00
D. Surgical"Vet Procedure" $1,000. to $1,500.00
Ultrasound To Confirm Pregnancy $60.00 to 150.00
BREEDING TOTAL:(NO PUPPIES YET)$2,580.- $5,390.00
CARING FOR DAM & PUPPIES:(Not including cost of whelping box)
Dam (gestation through whelping) Extra Food for Dam; Supplements $500.00
Whelping Natural-Cesarean $0 to $2,000.00
Post Whelping Vet Check $150. to $250.00
Whelping Supplies Bedding(at least 3 sets of bedding)-Oxytocin/Vet on call-Extra towels-Pedialyte-Puppy Collars-Heating Source-Disinfectants-New Linoleum (to put around the whelping box) $800. to $1,200.
Washing and More Washing! Bedding is washed Daily $200.00
Raising Puppies Food-Bedding " Litter"-Toys-Replacement Toys-Possible New Pens-Toy Pools-Possible Pet Sitter-Worming Supplies $1500.00 and up
Vet (when their is no problems)Vaccinations-Microchip-Health Checks $80. x 8 = 640.00
SUB TOTAL:LOW TO HIGH $3,790.- $6,040.00
Sleeping in The Box NO SLEEP WANT SOME SLEEP!
GRAND TOTAL:LOW TO HIGH $7,270.00 to $12,755.00
DIVIDED BY 6 PUPPIESAVERAGE "COST" OF 1 PUPPY $1,211.00 to $2,126.00
1/FORUM GOLDEN RETRIEVERPET PUPPY..............................TOTAL:
Replacement Costs of worn out items??.??
THIS IS JUST THE "COST" OF RAISING 1 AVERAGE LITTER OF 6 PUPPIES.
THIS IS SIMPLY A "HOBBY" AND A LOVE FOR THE GOLDEN RETRIEVER BREED. I HOPE THIS PUTS THE COST VS PRICE WE CHARGE FOR A PUPPY IN PERSPECTIVE
My next breeding is planned for May/June with the puppies being born in July/August. The price of the puppies are $2,000 and prospective buyers are asked to fill out and send a copy of the questionnaire that is located on this page. Contact us for more details by emailing me at Ldsnews@aol.com.