Join Date: May 2009
Location: Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario
I would also think that vetting and health clearance costs play a part in that cost too.
I paid $1000.00 for Stark, I have a lifetime genetic health guarentee, both parents are OVC'd for hips and elbows, CKC and AKC registered, microchipped, first shots, titled parents and much more.
I think it cost more in the USA and Canada to run health clearances, to complete vetting and to work/title your dog (travel exspenses, entery fees, club costs, etc..) which brings the price of a puppy up a great amount.
Also, being able to meet the parents, grandparents, previous puppies, aunts and uncles of the puppy you are purchasing in person is priceless. Would I ship a puppy, probably. But if I can get a puppy from someone like my breeder and spend time with them and their dogs, watch them in everyday situations plus on the field, why wouldn't I for the extra couple hundred dollars? Well worth it in my opinion.
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