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    I think my partner paid $500 for our current cross breed dog. We're currently looking into a rescue dog, and they are all $300, with sterilisation, micro etc. included.

    My parents paid around $800 for our pedigree german shorthaired pointers, about 12 years ago. If i were after a pedigree, i'de be happy to pay whatever the average going rate was, but i don't really see that happening. I don't really have a certain breed that i'de love to own (other than a st. bernard!).

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    Something about 'paying' for dogs bothers me. I prefer to think of it as a contribution to the shelter in reference to rescuing. I'm not sure what it is. Maybe because the dog is a part of the family for me, so putting a price on it seems strange. If it was my sister however....

    I think $230,000 for a dog is absolutely ridiculous though. Unless it has diamond crusted ears and sheds gold!

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    I just bought my GSP Tiff-689 for $1500, I'm pretty sure thats the going rate at the moment, for Australia anyway. I actually had a dog from the same breeder 10 years ago, which I paid $700 for so it shows how prices have changed! Could be from demand I guess!
    I would like my next to be a rescue but wanted one for agility so wanted to choose what went in

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    I love my dogs to bits, but I think there is a limit to what I would pay for one. I don't feel that paying loads of money guarantees you a fantastic dog any more than getting a cheaper or rescue dog means you are getting an inferior dog. I was surprised when we were looking at rescue dogs and found that some of them were $600 and over. I'm sure there are many loving families who would love to give some of these dogs a home, but really can't afford to pay that much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CharlieBrown View Post
    . I was surprised when we were looking at rescue dogs and found that some of them were $600 and over. I'm sure there are many loving families who would love to give some of these dogs a home, but really can't afford to pay that much.
    I actually got a bit of a shock too when searching some rescue sites.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bulldog_Lover View Post
    I actually got a bit of a shock too when searching some rescue sites.
    I was a little shocked too. I know they have to recoup their expenses, but even with desexing, vaccinations etc, I can't understand why it would be so expensive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CharlieBrown View Post
    I was a little shocked too. I know they have to recoup their expenses, but even with desexing, vaccinations etc, I can't understand why it would be so expensive.
    I Honestly think It can put many people off from buying rescue dogs, specially the older ones. When a 5 year old cross bred rescue dog is the same price as a squishy pure bred Puppy people can get a little, I dont know. Its easy to take the safe route with the puppy I think.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bulldog_Lover View Post
    I Honestly think It can put many people off from buying rescue dogs, specially the older ones. When a 5 year old cross bred rescue dog is the same price as a squishy pure bred Puppy people can get a little, I dont know. Its easy to take the safe route with the puppy I think.

    I feel so sad for the lovely dogs who would probably find a home if the price was lower. We got a dog years ago from the RSPCA and we had her for 19 years. I don't remember her being overly expensive at all, because they wanted to find homes for them instead of having to put them to sleep.

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    Its a connundrum. If the price is too cheap, then the dog is valued less which canhave dire consequences if it is reflected in the care the animal receives over its lifetime. It is proven that people do not value things as much if they are free or cheap.

    However, on the other hand as you have both pointed out quite rightly, the problem then exists that the animals are priced out of the market for the kind of person who would rather buy a dog from a shelter.

    I guess the key is finding that mid road.
    A pessimist sees the glass as half empty;
    An optimist sees the glass as half full;
    A realist just finishes the damn thing and refills it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anne View Post
    Its a connundrum. If the price is too cheap, then the dog is valued less which canhave dire consequences if it is reflected in the care the animal receives over its lifetime. It is proven that people do not value things as much if they are free or cheap.

    However, on the other hand as you have both pointed out quite rightly, the problem then exists that the animals are priced out of the market for the kind of person who would rather buy a dog from a shelter.

    I guess the key is finding that mid road.

    I think its deffinately a middle of the road thing, I would never expect a rescue dog to be free or $50 or something rediculous like that. I think more affordable to the average person.

    I think it might minimise the BYB thing too.. I think.. maybe.. Possibly!

    Puppy from mates place for $250 with no vacs or worming or anything like that. Puppy from the pound for the same price with all the trimmings "I willl take it!!"
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