Why are the dogs at Petland so expensive?

I went today and the price for a puppy was 1,500!

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Asked by Anonymous at 1:48 AM on Oct. 2, 2008 in Pets

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  • You should check our your local shelters or look up breed specific rescues if you are looking for a particular breed. Please don't support places like Petland; they are the number one buyer from puppy mills.
    aurorabunny

    Answer by aurorabunny at 1:54 AM on Oct. 2, 2008

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  • Because they buy from puppy mills who sells them way expensive so to make a profit you have to sell them more than you bought them. You must not have seen OPRAH and her puppy mill show! Look it up and watch it. It will give you a new outlook about the whole thing.
    Kenzies_momma

    Answer by Kenzies_momma at 1:56 AM on Oct. 2, 2008

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  • I would pay that for a Fennic Fox, not for a dog. Yikes.
    prettyrayray

    Answer by prettyrayray at 3:00 AM on Oct. 2, 2008

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  • I totally agree with aurorabunny- Go to a shelter (like the Humane Society) or look into a rescue group if you are looking for one particular breed. Many pet stores that sell purebred pups are getting them from puppy mills, where the dogs are made to live in horrible conditions and are often abused and/or neglected.
    I have 5 cats and 1 dog- my 2 oldest cats came from a no-kill shelter, and the other 3 cats & my dog were all strays that showed up at my house. My dog is the most wonderful dog I have ever met in my life. Not too smart, but sweet as everything, is good with my cats, and LOVES my baby.
    Good luck! HTH!
    emslala

    Answer by emslala at 3:22 AM on Oct. 2, 2008

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  • Most "PET STORES" have "low quality" puppies from puppy mills and they sell them at a high price because people are ignorant and think if it comes from a pet store it has to be a top breeder puppy--NOT. I would never buy a dog from a pet store. My sisters both had pups from pet stores--both over $400 and they are NOT top quality!
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:16 AM on Oct. 2, 2008

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  • Research dog breeds and find a breed that you really like. Then look up the breeders in your area. Find a reputable breeder, not a puppy mill breeder. Buy a puppy form one of them. You will have to sign papers promising to get the puppy "fixed" within a certain time limit (if it's a pet-quality puppy) and to return it to the breeder to be re-homed if for some reason you can't keep it. A pet-quality puppy is not a second-best puppy, He may have a splotch of white fur somewhere it shouldn't be, or one droopy ear or something like that, but he will be just as loving as his "Show-perfect" brother. Buying by breed gives you some guidlines about temperament too. A good, healthy pet-quality puppy will cost you probably $350.-$800. depending on the breed.
    pagan_mama

    Answer by pagan_mama at 2:00 PM on Oct. 2, 2008

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  • cont... A reputable breeder does not just throw two dogs of the same breed together and hope for the best. They do lots of research to find a dog with the most perfect qualities and temperament to match and complement those of his or her own dog to constantly try to better the breed. Many pet-quality puppies have parents that are grand champoin parents.That is one reason they ask you to have the puppy fixed within a certain time limit, usually in 6 months or a year .
    pagan_mama

    Answer by pagan_mama at 2:06 PM on Oct. 2, 2008

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  • Oh, and one more thing, a breeder sometimes will have a dog that has been returned for some reason, such as the original owner married someone that was allergic to dogs or had a baby that was allergic to dogs, or they had to move to a place they couldn't have a dog, or they had to go into a nursing home or the owner died, (All sorts of things can happen) The breeder will keep your name on a list if a dog becomes available. These dogs are NOT problem dogs, they are almost always fixed and usually housebroken, they are normal, socialized dogs. The breeder will know if they are used to a houshold with kids, or a household with older, more sedate persons, their energy level and so forth. If you are not in a hurry to get a puppy RIGHT NOW, this may be the way to go, too.
    pagan_mama

    Answer by pagan_mama at 2:21 PM on Oct. 2, 2008

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  • Rescue.
    ChapelleCDH

    Answer by ChapelleCDH at 9:34 PM on Oct. 2, 2008

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  • Please rescue a shelter animal! They live on concrete floors and in small fenced in sections listening to the other dogs bark and whine and cry all day and night. They are suffering when all they want is to be loved! Please do not buy from a pet store! Rescue an animal that needs your help!
    ConnersMom1204

    Answer by ConnersMom1204 at 10:34 PM on Oct. 2, 2008

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