I see them in the show ring often. I really don't have an opinion of them as I don't know the people personally. I will say that their pet prices are way out of wack IMHO. Pet prices keep going up and it is really making it hard for the average person to afford one. We are not supposed to be in it for the money but when I see prices like that I have to wonder.crxman321 said:
I've always thought there should be a greater difference in price between pet quality and show prospect puppies. If a litter is graded realistically and conservatively, there are probably always going to be more pet quality puppies and I'd rather see them be made more affordable.velmadobe said:My personal opinion is that show quality and pet quality should cost close to the same.
It might be becoming the norm, but it's ridiculous. And it's funny that the ones asking for $2000 are usually the ones producing litter after litter after litter.Okie-dobie said:Here in Ontario, $2000.00 is becoming the norm, if not the norm I'm pretty sure. That's cdn. dollars of course, although that does not really matter in the big picture. And this is for pet quality.
I'm not experienced at judging show vs pet puppies. When it comes time to rate my own litter, I will call in the big guns - LOL!!JavasMom said:Java was $1800. Titles up the wazoo on both sides and she was the only pup in her litter not going to a show home. Dam got constant vet care, puppies docked and cropped by a vet, socialization from day one. Our breeder only bred every two years. Guest cottage where puppies stayed was immaculate, as were their cages, blankets. Well worth it to find a breeder who loved the breed and took excellent care of her dogs.
Most prices when I was doing my search were $1200-1800. Anything in the $3000-$4000 is a crime. Put the puppy down and walk away.
Java had a funny vertical wrinkle on her bridge that the others didn't have, and which probably made her a pet prospect. As she grew, the wrinkle flattened out, so if the proportions and stacking are good when they are 8 weeks, is that enough of a guarantee of a winning dog?
Gwen is mostly an East Coast handler - she lives near me in Pennsylvania. The east coast and the California geographic area have the biggest concentration of Doberman breeders. Gwen travels in a big custom motorhome that truly is her second home. Today, Louise is with her in AlabamaCodysmom said: