Q: Are you just in it for the money?
A: If so then you are very mistaken. In fact most breeders go into the hole more often than making
any money. There is a lot of responsibility and money involved in raising puppies. You are responsible for bringing each and
every puppy you breed into the world. And that responsibility shouldn’t end after you sell the puppy to its new owners.
You have to pay out good money for well bred dogs of show/breeding quality in the first place. In today’s
market you can expect to at least $2000-$5000 per dog and then maybe more. Then you have to have the dogs checked and vaccinated
by a vet. Many times to just walk into a vet for a check up you are paying at least $50-$100 to get into the door. Then you
have your shots on top of that. They can be anywhere from $20 up per shot. Then if there are any minor health issues such
as kennel cough or ear infections you will be paying upwards of $100 to treat those. You have the cost of AKC and any other
paperwork you may have. That can run $15 dollars and up per registry per dog. Then you have to pay for groomers
and any equipment needed. In many cities the price of having your poodle groomed has drastically gone up. Toy poodles can
now cost anywhere from $30-$50 dollars and that is just for a pet clip. If you want something fancy or are having to hire
a show groomer to keep them in coat you would be looking at closer to $100. Standard poodles for a pet clip are close to $75-$100.
And for something fancy you could be up to $150.
Now that your puppy is growing up you have to take into account the genetic testing required for that
breed. Toy poodles (if you did the very least) you would want to do the PRCD PRA test for the eyes at a cost of close to $195
plus there could be a small fee to have OFA publish the results on their site, and the test for patellar luxation. Luckily
this isn’t an X-ray and is just done by your vet. So you will have vet costs of $50 or over and it costs $15 to have
OFA publish the results.
For standard poodles to do the very least you would want vWD, Hips, and eyes.
The test for vWD run $140 plus any fees to have OFA publish the results. Hips will depend upon your
vet. They require the dog to be put out to do an X-Ray. You are usually looking at $100-$300 for this test. Eyes are to be
CERF’d every year. This has to be done at a clinic and in most cases they are pretty far away. The price depends upon
the clinic and how many dogs you are doing at one time. Usually around $20-$40 per dog.
There also may be other tests that your breeder requires of you.
You also have to take into consideration that many dogs that are purchased with full rights are done
so on co-own contracts. Co-own contracts can very from breeder to breeder. Many require that the owner of the dog, show that
dog to its title, before the dog is even bred. In most of these cases the breeder will stipulate a handler that has to be
used. If sending a dog to a handler you are looking at a very minimum of $5000 to get started. They will charge you for boarding,
feeding, grooming, any vet costs, and of course entry fees to each show for that dog. It wouldn’t be unheard of for
a dog to take quite a while to finish and then you are looking at a cost of $10,000. Now say you have your dog titled and
the genetic testing completed and are ready to breed it. Most co-own contracts stipulate that you have to breed your dog to
one of the breeders dogs. If the breeder does not live close to you then you will have to ship your dog. Shipping both ways
will be around $200-$800 depending upon the size of the dog and the type of transport or airline you use. You will also have
the cost of the health certificate on top of that which can be around $20-$75 depending upon your vet. Some breeders despite
the co-own will charge you a stud fee. Stud fees can vary widely. This cost will be more for a male that has a title. You
are looking at $400-$1000 or a pick or two of the litter for studding. Some breeders co-own contracts can require you to also
give up a certain amount of pick of the litter puppies to them. Now at $2000 and up for a puppy, that can run into a lot of
Say you run into complications and you have to be able to afford a vet for those emergencies. The new
trend in many cities is the emergency vet clinic. These clinics are PRICEY! I have had several people tell me just to get
in the door to see the doctor they are shelling out $300. If you have to have a c-section its costing some people $3000. And
there is always the possibility of the heartache of loosing the puppies or even the mother.
Now you start into the expense of raising a litter. Moms after all doesn’t care for them forever.
There is money out for vaccinations ($20-$40 buck per shot each time you go), wormings ($10-$20 each time they are wormed),
puppy packets ($10-$30) that most breeders give, time and effort (cant put a price on this) in raising the litter, costs for
advertising the puppies (can vary greatly but not surprisingly can exceed $100), vet checks before leaving the breeder ($50
or more), AKC and other paperwork which starts out at $25 per litter plus an additional $2 per puppy so if you have a large
litter it can add up fast, and so on and so forth, not to mention the expense of great quality puppy and dog food ($25-$40
Then you MUST take into consideration, what will happen if you have to hang on to the puppies for a
while. The dog market has dropped drastically in the past few years. You have to be willing to either lower your price on
your puppies enough to find them homes (which may put you in the hole even further) or be willing to hang on to the puppies
until the correct buyer comes along. This will drastically raise your expenses.
This is also why prices for a great, well bred quality puppy are expensive.
Q: Are you willing and capable to extend this amount of cash to breed?
A: If not then again the answer to breeding is NO!
Now after all that is said and you have done some thinking and more research about it and deciding
that this is something you really want to do, there are some other things you need to think about.