|Barked: Fri Apr 5, '13 3:40am PST |
|8-week-old Alva cost me 850 €. 2 years later she was X-rayed and HD was discovered. Mainly she is just my pet and companion but I dreamed of trialing with her. Well, I could still enter obedience. I had partially bad luck and then, I could have done my investigation better, because I must have known that Alva's aunt had HD. Now I wonder how I can have ignored it because I must have seen it in a public database our kennel club has. The rest of the published health check results in her pedigree are healthy and there are quite many dogs inspected. I think that if I wanted another rough collie I had to spare 1000 €. I plan to routine check all my dogs skeletal health and send that information to our kennel club that has a database. Because it is not enough that the dams and sires are X-rayed/eye checked etc. also any information about their relatives is important. And yet we have those diseases that no one stores in databases and calculates indexes, so we still have to look for responsible breeders that they use/want to breed completely healthy dogs and not just those who seem healthy in the database.
Where I live, small and popular breeds tend to cost more. Chihuahuas and other small breeds are somewhere between 1200 and 2500 €. A golden retriever you can bring home if you pay about 1200€. My parents took a lagotto and she was 1200 €. Water dogs are getting more popular. Then, a Finnish hound puppy is about 500 €. A working breed, only sold for hunters. Trials or demonstrations in the woods that they work. A working gsd puppy is probably from 900 to 1200 €, again, many trials, health checks. And then someone asks 2000 € for some little pooch whose sole purpose is to be cute and bark at the doorbell, parents' merits are maybe a couple of show visits and if our kennel club insists, some health checks, and the price is based on popularity and small litters. A puppymilled small breed pup can cost as much as a registered and well-bred puppy of a bigger and not so popular breed.
As you can see, I live in Northern Europe. Thus € and "our kennel club" which in my post here means the Finnish Kennel Club.
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