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Why Do Puppies Cost SO MUCH?

Breeding responsibly is expensive! Responsible Breeders will devote hours upon hours of their time testing, trialling, and showing their dogs. All this comes at a price - let's break it down:

That is quite a lot invested so far, and we don't even have puppies yet! Let's examine the average cost of a single litter:

There are many things not covered here. The breeder's time researching pedigrees, travelling to the stud dog or importing semen, tending to the mother and puppies, and screening buyers often is unaccounted for when pricing a puppy. In many cases, the breeder will keep a puppy or two from the litter, reducing the number of puppies available for sale to help recover some of the costs associated with producing them.