What Goes Into the Cost of a Puppy?

Below are some of the factors that go into the purchase price of a pure bred Canaan Dog. A good breeder considers the purchase price of a puppy payment for services rendered – not payment for a commodity. Good breeders spend countless hours preparing puppies for their new homes and are often very particular about the homes they place their puppies with.

General Care of Sire and/or Dam:
Food – $10/week  or $520/year
Vet Visits – $300 – $600 Annually  (does not include health testing – see below)
Health Products – Flea prevention, Heartworm Prevention, etc. – $400 Annually
Showing:
Entry Fees – $25.00 – $35.00/show
Shows needed to complete a Championship – 5 to 15
Show expenses – travel, meals, lodging – $100-$200/day/show
Annual National Specialty – $1,500 – $2500
Health Clearances:
Hips – $200 – $300 for X-Ray, $30.00 for OFA certification
Elbows – $100 – $200 for X-Ray  $10 for OFA certification
Patella – $50 for exam  $15 for OFA certificaton
Thyroid – $120 – $200 for bloodwork  $15 for OFA certification
CERF (Eyes)  $50.00 – $75.00 for exam   $15.00 for certification

Breeding Costs:

Stud Fee – $800.00 – $2,000.00
Shipping costs – $400.00 – $1,000.00
Artificial Insemination – $200.00 – $3,000.00
Pre-Natal Care:
Ultrasound to confirm pregnancy – $100.00 – $300.00
Higher consumption of diet – $75.00
Pre-Delivery Radiograph – $100.00 – $150.00
Puppy Care given prior to going to new homes:
Physical Exams –  $60.00
Vaccines – $30.00
Check for Internal Parasites – $30.00
Eye Exam – $50.00
Microchip Implant – $50.00

 

Time, Services and other factors:
Socialization of puppies
Crate Training of puppies
Leash Training and Basic Obedience
Temperament Testing
Pedigree Research
Interviewing Prospective Homes
Small Litter Size
Unexpected Emergencies (C-Sections, Complicated Deliveries, etc.)
Rarity of Breed
Please keep in mind, the purchase price may be one of the largest one-time expenses, but it is minor compared to the lifetime cost of care for puppy that you bring home.

This page originally created by Chris Miller, River Rock Canaan Dogs