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Why do puppys cost so much in the US?

Because I don't want to steal the other topic...

I've been wondering a lot lately. How comes that people in the US are willed to pay a ridiculous amount of money for GSD puppies.

I've seen the price range between 1300 and almost 3000 bucks for a puppy.
That is insane. A working line GSD puppy in Germany usually costs between 500 and 1300 Euros. That's less than what you pay in the US.

I have to admit I know nothing about the show lines and can't say anything about their prices, I can only speak for working line.

So why in the world would you pay so much money for a puppy in the US when you could import a puppy from Germany (including the shipping costs) for the same money?
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So why in the world would you pay so much money for a puppy in the US when you could import a puppy from Germany (including the shipping costs) for the same money?
Why in the world would I pay the same amount for a puppy from German when they normally offer no warranty?


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tho i can't answer your question - i think part of the issue is that you're comparing working lines to show lines. where the norm for showlines is 1200-2500+, working lines are generally 800-1200 easily... which isnt so far off from your quote of dogs in germany.

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Because people want purebred show dogs that are top quality. But then those top quality show dogs will be turned into house pets that go on occassional walks. Sad. I would pay $700 to $1000 for a puppy. No more and no less.

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Well... there is warranty, not the same as in the US BUT a reputable breeder will usually reimburse you or give you another puppy if your dog has HD and/or ED.
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There are some really nice puppies being produced here in the states. Just because a puppy is coming from Germany makes it no better.

The prices for puppies are based on supply and demand just like any other product. when people are no longer willing to pay those prices the prices will fall.

Having said that, please remember that it cost much much more money "normally" to title the parents here in the states than it does in Germany and this needs to be taken into account when considering prices.

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Well... there is warranty, not the same as in the US BUT a reputable breeder will usually reimburse you or give you another puppy if your dog has HD and/or ED.

IF you don't mind, could you name some of the breeders offering this because when I was in that part of the world (quite a few years ago, mind you) I don't remember anyone offering to do this.

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I just bought an FCI Dutch Shepherd puppy from Amsterdam. The breed club sets the price at 500 Euros ($680). There aren't a whole lot of FCI registered Dutch Shepherd breeders in the US (mostly working dog mixes), but one that I found charges $1,500 for puppies. I went to Amsterdam and met the dog and its mother, emailed back and forth with the owner of the father. I'm very happy with the puppy and it's the temperment and conformation I was looking for. I don't see any problem with buying from oversees.
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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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I'm a firm believer in the saying "you get what you pay for".

You want a top quality dog with a sound temperment from a great pedigree than you're probably going to have to pay the price for that puppy.

If you want to go the cheap way and save some money by finding puppies for sale on craigslist for $200 than you're probably going to get what you pay for. A dog with health and temperment problems.

Obviously this isn't the case 100% of the time. A $3k dog can have just as many problems/issues as a dog from a BYB or a puppy mill, but i think by paying more and doing your research to find the best possible breeder out there for your needs and what you're looking for, the money can be well worth it.
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