I thought I had told you children would be expensive........the startup cost - what you pay to a breeder - is peanuts compared to the lifetime costs.
our dobe: $1900 new.
five year costs:
- annual vet visits for regular shots etc ~ $100
- sentinel: ~$90 for six month supply
- ripped toenail off - vet visit ~$250
- discovered elevated liver enzymes in pre-neuter blood work: ~$750 so far in repeat testing
- neuter ~$250
- obstruction and endoscopy procedure, incluing barium study, xray , etc ~$4,000
- thyroid diagnosis and lifetime meds: $200 + $200 annually
- diarrhea episodes, vet visit, metronidazole: $300
- attempted to show him with professional handler: ~5,000 (lost count)
- what else..... his crate, toys, food, blankies, covers for couch, his sudsy shampoo, dremel, collars, leashes, snow booties, jackets...
Exactly, this.Hello Paul. Thank you for doing your homework. :nicejob:
Typically, the average cost of a well-bred pup from champion/sport titled, health tested (including cardio) parents runs $1500-$2500. This should include the ear cropping as well. I also look for champions in the pedigree (2nd, 3rd generations).
Higher priced dogs do not mean they are better. Some byb's charge upwards of $3000 for their dogs but I wouldn't touch them.
Check out the link in my signature link for a good breeder checklist.
$400 for a crop and they CHARGE you to repost the ears every week?? I paid around $350 for our crops and postings were free for as long as it took to stand.I was a moron and bought a a BYB puppy. She was $800. TO DATE her vaccinations have cost around $100, Bloodwork for testing for vWD and her presurgery was $120, Her crop was $400, and reposting of her hers is $22/week until her ears stand (6 or 7 months old). To her spay will be $400. We also have worm preventative $80 for six month supply. Then theres all the puppy stuff we had to buy (food bowls, two crates, toys, leash, collar, harness.. etc.) These are just routine things... Then, the not so routine- Removing a broken puppy tooth was $250. Then A late night trip to the emergency vet from a stumble down the stairs was close to $800. Thankfully, those two were covered by our pet insurance which is $45/mo. Then theres monthly stuff like her food is around $60/mo and expected to increase with size (obviously). Even further, when shes two, we'll have to make annual visits with a cardiologist to check her for DCM (an always fatal disease Dobermans can have) which is projected to be around $400. Also, I'm going to need to OFA her hips/elbows to make sure she's okay to do things like agility and the search and rescue work we do.
This is NOT a breed you can do for 'cheap', and the cost is even more exaggerated when you don't buy from a reputable breeder.