$800.00 - Both the sire and dam of this puppy came from top quality breeding stock which was developed over years
and years of selective and knowledgeable breeding. Both meet the requirement of the written AKC and ASCA standard
for the breed in conformation as well as temperament. Each has a pedigree, which has been studied and thoroughly
researched. These dogs have been selected to breed to each other because they can both contribute to the
excellence of the breed as well as complement on another.

$150.00 - The dam of this litter was purchased from a backyard breeder or a local pet store (who's puppies usually
come from a puppy mill). She was most likely sick off and on the first year of her life due to too many different types of
intestinal parasites and malnutrition. The sire probably lives down the street and was purchased from an ad in the
newspaper. Neither owner has ever heard of the AKC or ASCA written standard or OFA/CERF. Neither owner has seen
a written pedigree. The female is skittish and snappy. Her owners hope that having a litter will calm her down.


$800.00 - Before this breeding ever took place, both male and female have had expensive tests done, including hip
X-Rays (OFA), eye tests (CERF) and Temperament to determine that there were no physical or genetic problems that
might be passed on to offspring. The breeder is well aware of the genetic problems to which the breed is predisposed
and uses no animal for breeding unless it is certified clear of defects by a qualified Veterinarian. The health of her
pups is guaranteed.

$150.00 - The breeder is totally unaware of the genetic problems within the breed. Trips to the Veterinarian, except for
dire emergencies or yearly shots, are considered too expensive. The breeders' hope is to make money off the sale of
the puppies. If he keeps expenses down, he can buy that new couch he's been wanting. Puppies are sold with no


$800.00 - The breeder is a professional and he has a good reputation to maintain. His goal is to produce beautiful and
sound specimens, which anyone would be proud to own. Profit, if any is made, goes toward future breedings, always
aimed toward the betterment of the breed, or for show entries, handler's fees, new equipment and important veterinary
tests. Both the mother and pups are fed the highest quality diet. Many trips to the vet assure him that mother and pups
are thriving under the very best care. The pups are raised in a busy part of the house where they are socialized,
groomed and exposed to different kinds of stimuli. They are touched and talked to, cuddled and even sung to. They
are never sold before they are eight weeks old. Every buyer is interviewed at length and pups are placed only in
homes where they will receive the finest treatment. The breeder spends time with each new owner, educating and
answering questions. Follow-up calls are made to make sure the pups are adjusting well. Each new owner receives a
bill of sale and health guarantees, vaccination record, minimum five-generation pedigree, guarantee of registration with
the AKC and ASCA and thorough puppy care and nutrition information. If the puppy is not considered to be of such
quality as it will better the breed the puppy is sold with a limited registration or non-breeding agreements. The new
owners are encouraged to continue a relationship with the breeder, and to call and ask questions at any time during
the dog's life.

$150.00 - These puppies are born in a box, in the garage and receive little care other than what the mother gives. To
cut costs they are weaned on generic dog food and allowed to nurse on the mother as long as possible to keep food
bills down. The bitch's health declines rapidly due to poor health and some pups are weak and runty. They are sold as
quickly as possible because advertising and vaccines are expensive. They are sold without having had their dewclaws
removed, without shots, parasite checks, vet examinations, guarantees or information of any kind. They are sold to
anyone who has the cash. If the new owner is lucky he may receive a AKC, ASCA, or less legit registration application.
Although the puppy is of very poor quality, it is sold with full breeding rights. The new owner usually disappears with the
pup, never to be seen again. If the market is not good, the breeder takes the leftover pups to the local pet shop or
pound. If for some reason you need to return the puppy the breeder is no were to be found or will just tell you "It's your
dog now, lots of luck."



The comparison you have just read is hypothetical, but very typical of what we see all too often. Although not every
breeder who charges higher prices is reputable and ethical, pet buyers should keep looking until they find one that is.
When I'm asked why my prices are so much higher than those in some newspaper ads, I Email a copy of this article.
Those buyers who respect the quality and excellence are wonderful customers and become "partners" in this hobby
that I love so much. Those that are seeking pets deserve nothing less than a nice quality, healthy and trusting animal.
As well as a breeder they can count on."
Why pay more for a pet puppy?
"The $800.00 Puppy vs. The $150.00 Puppy"