I am fairly different than a lot of members here. I don’t work my dogs in competition sports, and don’t train for anything that doesn’t seem to interest my dogs. Meaning I don’t purchase with a job in mind. Really, I generally don’t purchase at all, Seiran is my first breeder purchase. I find enjoyment in just learning what dog comes into my life enjoys. Lyka LOVES herding. So she herds in a home environment and I work with her on that. Crios LOVES agility, and I encourage it through a home course, always changing up the course as he gets bored of running the same course. Seiran is very toy/tug driven and is obsessed with nose work, so I encourage that in many different way. Floki is obsessed with napping, so I participate in that amazing sport with him 😂😂😂
Would I shell out 15k for a dog? Nope. Not because I don’t think they are worth it, but they just aren’t worth it to me personally because I have no desire to have a dog for a specific reason, so a proven IPO/IGP dog that others would snap up for 15k holds no interest for me.
I think a dog is worth their weight in gold if you allow them to be them, encouraging and working what they are naturally interested in. It doesn’t matter if it’s a mutt, a bag of fear aggression nerves, or a couch potato. I love them all, and their worth is priceless to me.
It would be a different story if I was seeking a dog for a particular reason. I will likely need a service dog in the future. I am willing to pay much more for a trained dog trained specifically for my needs. I do not want to purchase a pup and do the training myself, that’s just not me. So yes, for a really great service dog, I’d pay 15k. It’s an investment in my health, which is what makes the price tag worth it.
Other than that, I truly believe a dogs worth isn’t monetary. A dogs worth is priceless for that bond, that eagerness to be with you, the unconditional love if you handle them properly and allow them to be what they want to be.
But I also understand people that put monetary worth on a dog when it is purchased for a specific reason. Different strokes for different folks. And I am in no way saying there is ANYTHING wrong with people purchasing for a specific reason, and getting their dogs into sport, show, protection. It’s just not for me personally.