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    My friend is looking at getting a chocolate lab... she has contacted a couple of breeders and both say the chocolate pups are $1500.

    I know pure bred dogs are not cheap but I almost died when she told me - another friend who is getting a bull mastiff will be paying $1500 also.

    Is this price usual for labrador pups?

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    I honestly don't know...but at that price I'd expect to get a show quality dog!
    I paid $400 for my p/b kelpie 10 yrs ago who wasn't show quality.

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    Wow! That's alot...
    A friend of mine bought a lab pup from a reg. breeder for $450 but that's going back around 8 years.
    I bought my Staffordshire from a reg.breeder with all the champion ,. 5 years ago for $500 ( she was 6 months old) but got the breeder to desex her and she charged me another $250.
    Then again...everything else is going up.
    Have they considered a rescue lab?

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    I would have thought that $1500 might be expensive for Labs. In having said that, I have never bothered to look at the asking price of one as I haven't ever felt the need though.

    I would expect to pay anywhere from $1000 to $1600 for a good quality Pug pup though in todays market.
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    I'm afraid I wouldn't pay that price unless I was looking for a top show pup and even then I think it is too high for a Lab. In the early days when chocolate was a fairly rare colour breeders charged a lot more for them but now they are quite common so I can see no justification for such a high price.

    You can buy a show quality Deerhound pup for around $800 to $1000 and they are an uncommon breed.

    Labs are easy to breed and usually have large litters. Some breeds such as Pugs, Bulldogs etc. are more difficult to breed and have smaller litters. This justifies the high price.

    When I was still showing Pugs I bred the occasional litter when I wanted a pup for myself. There was always a long waiting list long before a mating was even considered. I bred my last litter 16 years ago and sold show pups from imported lines for $350 each. Some people charged much more but I wanted my pups to go to the best homes and didn't want a high price tag to stand in the way for those on a limited income.

    So yes I think your friend is being ripped off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anne View Post
    I would have thought that $1500 might be expensive for Labs. In having said that, I have never bothered to look at the asking price of one as I haven't ever felt the need though.

    I would expect to pay anywhere from $1000 to $1600 for a good quality Pug pup though in todays market.
    Anne before we bought Kenna the Sheltie we checked out a local Pug litter. They wanted $1200 each for them and they didn't even have papers! I'm not surprised as the poor little mites were "only just" Pugs.

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    Thanks guys

    Glad it's not just me who thinks that's expensive!

    I've suggested she look into eastern states dogs - see how much they cost (including freight of course).

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    I wouldnt pay more than 800-1200 for a lab

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deerhound View Post
    Anne before we bought Kenna the Sheltie we checked out a local Pug litter. They wanted $1200 each for them and they didn't even have papers! I'm not surprised as the poor little mites were "only just" Pugs.
    I have lost count of the number of "Pugs" that have been surrendered to me that were originally purchased for in excess of the asking price of a pedigreed Pug. Amazing isn't it!
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    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!

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