Join Date: May 2005
Location: Denmark, Ohio
I'll take a stab at it.
A reputable breeder isn't in competition with bad breeders. They are breeding to produce the best possible example of the breed, that will provide a function.
For this, they are not trying to produce 50-60 puppies in a year's time. In fact, they may only have 1-2 breeding bitches. Other dogs may be up and coming puppies, returns, retired breeding bitches, etc.
But having, let's say four breeding females, plus up and coming bitches, and a few retired bitches that you did not rehome when you retired them, and maybe a return or two that you are working with, rather than euthanizing, well at that point you have more dogs than you have time to put into classes, work regularly with, groom, etc, and 28 puppies (4x average 7/litter) x 1.5k = 42k when you subtract the money that it costs to provide food, shelter, veterinary care, stud fees entrance fees, registration, and the works, this would be very difficult to live on. So you would have to have a job to cover the costs of a place to keep the dogs. With a full time job to support them, you have a lot less time to spend with the litters, so 1-2 litters may be all you can do in a year's time.
If you have a lot of litters, you will have to sell them cheaper otherwise you will keep them longer, and be over-run.
Remember that the individual who is breeding for all the right reasons, does not want to create a lot of puppies, they want to create really good puppies. This means paying a lot of attention to each prospective breeding animal. A breeder has a goal. They have a litter, and hold one or two back. They wash out, and they maybe sell one or both of them, and try a litter with a different stud dog. They have a hopeful out of that breeding, while they watch all the puppies they have placed.
Some matches they choose to remove from their program for one reason or another. And because they do not have a lot of dogs, this puts their program on hold for another year or more.
The 7-10 puppies they produce in six months or a year's time, they want to go to homes that have the resources and the knowledge to help their pups reach their potential. You do not have to be able to pay $1500 for a puppy to have that, but when the breeder is only producing a handful of puppies, they can be very picky on where they go. And remember, that when we are picking out the one we want to keep, we are spending a lot of time with the litter, and care about each and every one of them. We want to be able to check up on them and see how they are developing. Because it is all information.
Stricktly from a business sense, you're right, it would make more sense to produce as many as possible and sell them cheap. From a breed fancier's POV, this is the worst thing you can do.
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