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Why are pedigreed pets so expensive?

Can only the rich have purebreds? I know this lady from my church who is trying to sell Scottish Terriers puppies for about $1000 each. Is that normal?

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Asked by Anonymous at 7:42 PM on Feb. 1, 2011 in Pets

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  • Yes, it is normal, they are expensive some more than others.

    Answer by older at 7:49 PM on Feb. 1, 2011

  • Yes that is normal
    The reason is the blood line .......

    Answer by Georgia1305 at 7:50 PM on Feb. 1, 2011

  • Entirely normal. A lot of work goes into breeding dogs. Reputable breeders have health checks done, shots, deworming, microchips, they are fed proper food. They put out far more then they take in.

    As for you question, no not only the rich own purebreds. People who own purebred dogs are everyday people who have taken an interest in a particular breed of dog. There are many reasons why, some want to show their dog, others like the traits that particular dog has, some people have wished about owning a particular breed and are finally realizing a dream. All of them however, know price is nothing compared to what kind of relationship you will get from owning a dog.

    Answer by Acid at 9:31 PM on Feb. 1, 2011

  • i personally dont belive that to own a dog you should be rich or it cost an arm and a leg to own one. but unfortunatly yes it does cost alot to get a dog that is a pedigree. you are paying to the cost of the care of the pregant bitch and the care of the puppies once born along with the bloodline and the registration. the rarity of the breed raises the cost and also the higher risk of pregancy in certain breeds raises the cost. like for instance the cost of an english bulldog is high because most have to have csections due to the puppies heads being so large and are high risk for lodgeing in the birth canal. there are ways to cut the cost but of course you run the risk of the quality of the puppy, ie. aggressiveness, behavior, health problems, inpure bloodlines, ect.

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:36 PM on Feb. 1, 2011

  • We're not rich and we have a purebred German Shepherd. First generation or something like that and everything. Granted, my husband got the dog before we were married and before the kids. Next dog we get probably won't be a purebred.

    Answer by montanagal2005 at 9:38 PM on Feb. 1, 2011

  • heck these days mix breed dogs are being sold for more then the purebreds are. But yes it is normal. A reputable breeder puts a lot of money into their dogs to insure that they are breeding quality dogs. But they are not just for the rich many every day people own purebred dogs.

    Answer by KyliesMom5 at 9:38 PM on Feb. 1, 2011

  • Purebreds die faster than non pure breds. I dont recommend it, lots of probs possibly to come and only $$$ in their pockets. Its such bullshit. The further from the line the better!!!

    Answer by PyraLynne at 2:22 AM on Feb. 2, 2011

  • its normal because of the potential money the next person can make if they breed, plus the breeder has to pay to get the dogs papers to say its a pure breed

    Answer by san78 at 5:49 AM on Feb. 2, 2011

  • Sorry but I have never had a pure breed dog. Most of the dogs that I have had were all Heinze Breeds. They made the most lovable , the best watch dogs ever.

    Answer by grammawjo at 2:39 PM on Feb. 2, 2011

  • @pyra, you're kidding right? Did your ass do the answering this time?

    Answer by Acid at 2:53 PM on Feb. 2, 2011

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