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02-26-2014 04:01 PM
Neko I agree with pete026, the price of the pup is just the beginning.

the vet bills, accidents, food and care is where it all builds up + sometimes people do "save up" on the cost of the puppy, but end up paying way more down the line for health issues.

The longer I own a gsd the more I am understanding what reputable breeders put into their dogs and how much energy, money, love and passion it takes.
02-26-2014 02:37 AM
pete026 This is the way I look at it:
Pick a number. $2000 divided by 10 years is $200 a year. That's about $16 a month. You're going to spend close to if not more than that on food, training and vet bill expenses. It's worth it to me to spend more upfront and not have regrets later.

FWIW
02-25-2014 06:22 PM
mydogs I agree Betty little river canine


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02-25-2014 11:35 AM
endlessaley
Betty

thanks guys i pmed betty and see what she has planned. I also came across van der oher tanner in GA across these boards. anyone have experience with them? I cant tell from the site if they are german or american show lines..? their dogs are beautiful though
02-25-2014 11:12 AM
natalie559
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If you are looking for working lines in Florida, contact Betty with Little River she is also on this forum.
Blaze is from her I litter and is wonderful- great worker and great companion. I would definitely reach out to her! admin@littlerivercanine.com
02-25-2014 10:23 AM
zyppi
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If a more expensive dog means a healthier dog and less vet bills in the future, the I would understand, but it is not necessarily so, is it?
Pups can be, as they say, a "crapshoot," but weigh the odds in your favor.

Proper vetting, the titling of parents and, to me, how the breeder handles the pups are important. Not a fan of large breeding kennels.

Ask breeder about previous litters and where those pups are now. What are those pups doing? Ask for names of owners you can call.

Ask how involved the breeder is willing to be with you on advice and care.

A lot can talk a good game, but you want some examples.

My pups are German Showline but have been told that a good working line can be had for $1500 and up. Maybe a few who have them can chime in.

Best of luck1
02-25-2014 10:23 AM
Heidigsd
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Its not that it worries me, im just saying its a large difference in cost, and obviously most people would want to pay less than more. i do own dogs and always have so i sure know how the costs can add up. would much rather use the 1500 for those emergencies :-D. Maybe its just the super frugal part of me talking. haha. Good idea on the insurance though, I have always wondered about it. Any recomendations as to which company to use?
I have PetPlan for Nikki and they have been great. If you search "Health Insurance" there are lots of posts on the issue. In this thread I posted how much they paid out so far for Nikki

http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...insurance.html
02-25-2014 10:07 AM
endlessaley
true true

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No, it is not necessarily so. But if $1500 worries you, what would you do if your pup had a health issue or accident?
The amounts quickly add up. I highly recommend also looking for insurance.
Its not that it worries me, im just saying its a large difference in cost, and obviously most people would want to pay less than more. i do own dogs and always have so i sure know how the costs can add up. would much rather use the 1500 for those emergencies :-D. Maybe its just the super frugal part of me talking. haha. Good idea on the insurance though, I have always wondered about it. Any recomendations as to which company to use?
02-24-2014 11:23 PM
Sunflowers No, it is not necessarily so. But if $1500 worries you, what would you do if your pup had a health issue or accident?
The amounts quickly add up. I highly recommend also looking for insurance.
02-24-2014 10:09 PM
endlessaley
right but,,,

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Originally Posted by zyppi View Post
check breeder references and then look at price.

If you have dogs, you can imagine the vet bills just to make sure you have a healthy litter.

Add to that, titled dam and sire etc... and you can see why pup gets expensive before there's even a slither of profit for breeder.

cost the same to breed a pet as a 'show' dog.

While I understand the importance of looking for a good breeder first, I think I would like to know if Im buying a puppy for $1500 or for $3000 before I invest a lot of time and research into a particular breeder. Dont take this the wrong way but $1500 is a HUGE difference to most people. If a more expensive dog means a healthier dog and less vet bills in the future, the I would understand, but it is not necessarily so, is it?
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