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    I bought a pure bred golden retriever for my sister inlaw a few months back for $800

    I had a lab 8 years ago which I paid $800 for also. (well not me, but I was with him when he bought him and I wanted to keep him LOL )
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nattylou View Post
    Tell your friend to be very careful. They will be charged more for a "purebred" lab without health testing and registration from a backyard breeder than a really good quality pup with full breeder support.

    I would say that that price is excessive for a pet Lab. Have they looked at Dogzonline breeder listings? Many breeders in Australia and NZ are listed, and will provide full support and evidence of all health testing that they have done to try and ensure a happy and healthy pup. They currently have over 40 listings for Lab pups... (Edit to add - two of those are in WA, give them a try!).

    Boris cost me $850 - which was a pet price. When we upgraded him to full register when he developed so well we placed him in co-ownership with his breeders. Sonya was $1000 as a show dog and potential foundation breeding girl, so the very best quality they had.

    Labs are obviously more in demand, but I still think that $1500 is excessive for a quality pet.

    PS - there is a lovely chocolate Lab in a Sydney Pound at the moment!
    Thanks Natty. I'll send her the link for Dogzonline. I shall definitely tell her about being charged more from BYB too. Wow the more I hear the more I think $1500 is waaayyyyyy too much. Which I already thought anyway lol.

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    I recently visited the Pet Superstore at Capalaba. They were selling pups xbreed around $700 +.

    Makes my J.Spitz puppy seem like a bargain at $900 from a registered breeder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mitte View Post
    I recently visited the Pet Superstore at Capalaba. They were selling pups xbreed around $700 +.

    Makes my J.Spitz puppy seem like a bargain at $900 from a registered breeder.
    So right. I paid $800 for a show quality Sheltie pup last year plus $140 for the flight from Sydney.

    My niece on the otherhand wanted a Cavalier as she had grown up with one. There was a local breeder offering pedigree pups from healthy parents on the limited register for $500 each. Did she even bother to look at them? No, instead she went to the local pet shop and paid $1100 for a mismarked black and tan Cavalier, no papers, with one of the worst hernias I have ever seen, entrophion (spelling?) both eyes and only one descended testicle. At just over a year old he also has slipping patellas in both hind legs. Silly girl. Poor puppy.

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    Wow that's a bit of a horror story. Just shows why you shouldn't buy from pet shops. No way would I pay $1100 for ANY pup at a pet shop (I wouldnt go near a pet shop anyway)

    what's entrophion?

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    Ingrowing eye lashes. Very painful for the poor dog. It requires surgical correction. It was very common in Cavs at one time and other breeds as well but good breeders are doing their best to eliminate it by not breeding from affected animals. Of course the backyarders don't care.

    Re. pet shops my personal policy is not to buy anything from any shop that sells live animals. Not so much as a toy or a bag of cat litter. I've done this for years. Just a small form of protest but it makes me feel better.

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    my friend did the same with her cav got from a pet hop he was a cast off from a brreder as he has a overbite and is not show material but he has a hernia and teste probs too small world

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    I am constantly astounded at the prices people are willingto pay for animals from pet shops, not evne just for poorly bred pups. I saw guinea pigs, backyard bred mixed breed one, not particulary healthy looking or well grown - $35 each!!!

    Ours come from a registered breeder with papers - the kids can show them if they were inclined to, are twice the size, quiet as anything and cost us $10 each.

    And not that I'd ever want to put anyone off adopting a pound puppy, but when I was buying Boris, one of my work mates wanted to adopt a kelpie pup from the local council pound. I went out with him and they were a nice but sickly looking lot, with big bloated bellies etc. He picked one out and he paid about $200 which included all vet work on a voucher basis. He actually said to me "Why would you pay over $800 for a pup when you could have everything done for this much?"

    Well one week later she was in hospital with Parvo and ended up costing him over $2000. He didn't mind, he'd made a commitment to her. But suddenly my "expensive" pup seemed well priced. I don't think you can put a price on knowing your dogs history and proper breeder support - it truly is priceless sometimes. And much less stressful sometimes!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nattylou View Post
    I am constantly astounded at the prices people are willingto pay for animals from pet shops, not evne just for poorly bred pups. I saw guinea pigs, backyard bred mixed breed one, not particulary healthy looking or well grown - $35 each!!!

    Ours come from a registered breeder with papers - the kids can show them if they were inclined to, are twice the size, quiet as anything and cost us $10 each.

    And not that I'd ever want to put anyone off adopting a pound puppy, but when I was buying Boris, one of my work mates wanted to adopt a kelpie pup from the local council pound. I went out with him and they were a nice but sickly looking lot, with big bloated bellies etc. He picked one out and he paid about $200 which included all vet work on a voucher basis. He actually said to me "Why would you pay over $800 for a pup when you could have everything done for this much?"

    Well one week later she was in hospital with Parvo and ended up costing him over $2000. He didn't mind, he'd made a commitment to her. But suddenly my "expensive" pup seemed well priced. I don't think you can put a price on knowing your dogs history and proper breeder support - it truly is priceless sometimes. And much less stressful sometimes!!
    I guess it's seeing the animal on display that tempts people with more money than sense. Like ads on TV making us think be actually need certain products that we buy and never use.

    Another reason for buying from a registered breeder is knowing what to expect when your puppy grows up. Your Borzoi or Deerhound is going to look more or less like mum and dad. The fox terrier x pup you bought from the pound just might end up growing into a pointer x. I worked full time for an animal shelter for many years and thought I was pretty good at picking breeds and potential size in abandoned pups but I made enough mistakes to stop me from ever feeling over confident.

    I've had some beautiful mixed breed dogs over the years, usually adult rescues, but when buying a pup I do like the breeder support and the knowledge you are buying a carefully bred animal as free from genetic defects as possible. Good breeders take a life long interest in the pups they breed. My current Pug Arwen, bred by me, went to a good show home as a pup but circumstances changed and she came back to me when she was 9. She was the only pup I bred who did come back but part of my sale contract was that I would take my pups back at any age if circumstances changed. Buyers were to approach me first rather than dispose of the dog themselves.

    Another guinea pig fan. I don't have any at the moment but I love them. I had two pedigree Dalmatian cavies at one time. Very pretty. Short haired, white with black spots and little black ears.

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    We recently brought a puppy, she is a English Mastiff/Bull Mastiff/Neapolitan mastiff. We got her from a breeder in SA.

    I suggest you search around for your puppy as our breed of dog was dearer in NSW than SA. We got our puppy flown over and its was only the cost of a 1 way plane ticket.

    Our breeder gave us heaps of photos of the parents and puppies, information etc and we still keep in touch.

    I again suggest do search around.

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