If you’re looking to get a dog soon or are just interested in Doodles, in general, you’ve probably asked yourself why these dogs can cost up to and beyond 6000$.
Doodles are often very expensive because of false advertising. These (often backyard) “breeders” claim that their Doodle will make all your wishes come true, be shedding free, not trigger any allergies and be healthier than any purebred dog, even though they have little control over these things.
So, what should you be willing to spend for a Doodle and what is beyond reasonable?
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How Much Breeding Dogs Cost
Breeding dogs is actually quite an expensive and time-consuming undertaking if done right.
You’ll obviously want a healthy dog which means that the breeder has to do health checks on the parents and there is more than just one simple checkup.
Health checks you should be doing on the parents include hip checks, eye exams and many more. Some even send in DNA samples of their dog to out rule any genetic diseases that could be passed on to the puppies.
Now the health checks alone can cost you a minimum of 800$ and maybe even more of you need to check both parent dogs and don’t get someone else’s dog for the insemination.
You might also need to pay someone if you are getting your dog inseminated by someone else’s dog.
As soon as the mum is pregant you need to get the vet multiple times for checkups and the mum will eat a lot more than she usually would. You’ll be spending a lot of money on quality food for the mum dog.
Having a pregnant dog in the house is also very time-consuming. Like any pregnant woman, they also need to pee very frequently, meaning that someone has to be home and watch the dog and maybe even take leave from work.
Now think about all the supplies that you’ll need to create a comfortable environment for the mum to bring her pups into the world.
The mum needs a whelping box and as soon as the birth begins you’ll also need lots of towels, a thermometer, collars to identify all the pups and lots of other supplies that you may not already have.
As soon as the pups are there they’ll need health checks as well, no good breeder will sell you a sick puppy.
The average litter size is 6-8 puppies and now you need to take them all to the vet or have the vet come home to you, which they also need to pay for.
The mum will still need lots of food as she’s nursing the pups. Now the pups also need to do their business somewhere and who is going to clean that up?
Right. The breeder needs to pay for all the cleaning supplies that they need over the next 8 (or more) weeks until the pups go to the new owner.
You might also take off work here again for birth as well as to watch the mum for the first few days.
She may not know what she’s doing and you need to make sure that all puppies are being fed and not accidentally squished etc.
That’s a lot of time that you need to invest watching the pups, cleaning after them and making sure they are growing nicely.
The pups will also wean off their mother after a few weeks and need special kibble that you need to buy.
Puppies eat like crazy and you need to ensure that they’re all getting enough and maybe even encourage certain individuals to eat by themselves.
The pups will also start exploring their surroundings soon and start nibbling on your furniture, walls or chew toys (that need to be bought).
Then the puppies will need lots of shots and medications before they can be sold. Two sets of vaccinations and deworming for all the puppies.
Unexpectantly the mum or a puppy might fall sick and you need to take them to the vet but you also need to organize for someone to watch the pups while you’re gone.
You’ve probably noticed how many factors come into play when you want a healthy and happy pup from good parents.
It won’t be cheap if you don’t want to later spend lots of time at the vet later because the breeder wanted to save money and didn’t health check the parents.
These are so-called backyard breeders that only care about making quick money instead of the health of their dogs.
How Much Money Does The Breeder Actually Make?
Let’s do the calculation.
Six to Eight puppies are in a litter and the breeder is selling them for 1500$ per puppy.
Their income from the puppies would be around 9000$ -12000$ depending on if they also want to keep a puppy or gift one to a family member.
The breeder has easily spent between 4000$ – 5000$ dollars investing in their medical care, food, and other supplies.
They also need to make sure that they can sell all their puppies so they might make a website or an ad somewhere which will either cost them a lot of money or a bunch of their time.
The breeder will also have lots of people coming over to see the puppies and potentially decide to buy one but not everyone will so you might need to take hours of work to see 20 or more possible candidates.
Now the breeder will have an income of around 5000$ -7000$ dollars that the breeder might have made in profit.
Lots of unexpected things can happen though and maybe the mum needs an emergency c section which can cost you more than a thousand dollars.
Calculating all these things in the breeder could have made (on average) 107$ a day if they managed to find homes for all puppies when they are eight weeks old.
They have invested countless hours worrying, making sure that the pups are fine, getting up in the middle of the night to bring the pups out to pee, cleaning up their poop and pee inside and making sure that they go to good people and homes.
They might even need to refund someone who’s puppy (even with thorough health testing) fell sick or might need to take one back who developed an allergy to the pup, etc.
The list of things that can happen never ends and so the breeder can never know how much money this will make them in the end.
Now, this breeder might also have to be available for as long as the puppy lives to give the new owners support and to answer questions or give advice on puppy training.
It’s not just Doodles that are so expensive but any quality breeder will likely cost around 1500$ and more.
The breeders also want to have some sort of profit for all the time and money they have invested in these puppies.
I don’t recommend getting a puppy below 1000$ because they will likely not have gotten thorough health checks and done all the things necessary to raise healthy puppies but are just after the quick buck, although there can be exceptions.
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