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Old 04-28-2010, 06:51 PM
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What would be a reasonable price for an AKC female chihuahua that will be used for showing and if finished eventually breeding? Dad's sire is a champion. Dad is currently being shown but not reached champion yet. Mom is not being shown but her father is a champion. When asked about health testing on parents I was told health testing was done on foundation stock...thryroid, patellas, eyes. Other than that the breeder has spent 12 years avoiding problems (not buying dogs with obvious flaws, and not rebreeding any that checked out but did not breed true). Nothing mentioned about the actual parents being tested. What do you think? Please take into consideration I am a novice so getting a breeder to even sell me a female to show is nearly impossible. I really am not wanting a male.
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Old 04-28-2010, 06:54 PM
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Oh, sorry. I am in the US. I can get a dog anywhere in California, Oregon, Washington, or Idaho. I will drive to pick up.
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Old 04-28-2010, 06:55 PM
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$1200-$2500? Considering the pup is not actually champion sired just grand champion sired, it makes her worth significantly less IMO. One show breeder I worked with briefly charged exactly what she'd charge for any other puppy though!
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Thank you. That helps a lot. I would love to hear other people's opinions as well.

When getting a larger breed health testing is a huge deal. I know that I got screwed with my golden retriever because she didn't pass all of her health testing (inherited cataracts) so she useless to use for conformation. I spayed her and am going to show her in obedience and agility only. I love her so much though.
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Old 04-28-2010, 07:28 PM
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There's no hard and fast rules on pricing. A lot of things you indicated, to me, bring the price down. Bear in mind that 12 years is a long time for no health testing and that's now gonna be your responsibility, after you've already purchased the puppy and grown her up. How important is the breeding to you? Are you prepared to show her, finish her, and then spay her if she she doesn't pass her health clearences? If this is OK with you, then you won't be disappointed if it happens and it'll be a bonus if you can breed her. Are you gonna love her and keep her even if she does't finish and she's a spayed pet? Or are you gonna be disappointed in her and feel like you've been cheated? Or feel the need to rehome her to make room for the next "show puppy"? Remember, you numbers start going up when you starting showing and breeding. Inevitably, some will be pets. Consider what you would pay for her as a pet for the basis of what you'll pay for her as a show dog. She has 2 grandsires that were CH, which does not translate into she is. Does this breeder have multiple generations of CH? Are other puppies and young adults, of her breeding, in the ring....and winning? I'm not saying don't get the dog, I'm just saying, when considering money, think about the worst case senerio. Prepare for the worst and hope for the best. What's the most amount of money you would spend on a pet? Given the information you have provided, that would be my cut off for the purchase price of this puppy.

With all that said, the average used to be you can generally expect to pay atleast double the pet price for a show dog. Depending on the breeder, that can be a fair price or it can be astronomical. I've seen some reasonable prices and I've seen some that were shocking (like over $3000). What was more shocking was that people paid it.
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Old 04-28-2010, 07:32 PM
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$1200-$2500? Considering the pup is not actually champion sired just grand champion sired, it makes her worth significantly less IMO. One show breeder I worked with briefly charged exactly what she'd charge for any other puppy though!
Considering this particular situation, that's about exactly what should be done. Charge out at pet price as that may well end up happening. That way, it's fair to both parties.
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Thank you. I will be disappointed if we cannot show and eventually breed. I won't re-home her, just feel disappointed. I already have one dog that we waited almost two years to find out she is not worth spending the time or money to do conformation. I will be showing her still but never able to breed her. I would never, ever breed a dog that didn't pass health testing. I will spay and keep as a pet. I know there are no guarantees and it is a gamble no matter which dog you get. Pet price for a chihuahua I would pay $400. For an actual show quality pup I was thinking $1000-1200. If I get a chi and she turns out not show quality my husband will probably not let me try again. He loves dogs but not enough to have a house full. LOL
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