How We Determine A Puppy Price (Please Read to Bottom of Page)
Dog breeding is becoming more and more difficult in today’s times. Food & Medical expenses top the list for breeders trying to keep dachshunds affordable on creating the perfect "healthy, long lived" family pet besides trying to be competitive in the dog show world. In the 70’s & 80’s we had the luxury to fly our dogs to breed to so and so’s dog in order to keep our lines diversified and still be able to afford to keep our prices at a minimum.
THE "COST" OF RAISING A PUPPY IN TODAY'S ECONOMY IS: $1,768.00 to 2,684.00 per pup (Please See Chart Below) - OUR DACHSHUND PUPPY PRICE IS - $1800.00 FRENCHIE PUPPY PRICE IS - $3000.00*
*Frenchies are more expensive because there is a greater expense in breeding them. There is a greater expense in health testing because the adults require more testing. They require ovulation testing when they are being bred because they do not breed naturally. And they require a cesarean section when they deliver because they can not deliver naturally.
Today, we map and plan our breeding's for months. We are forced to breed mostly by technology using Progesterone testing to target the perfect conception date, FedEx to ship the semen from point A to B Ultrasound to determine pregnancy, and Xrays to see how many to expect and if they are too big to be delivered naturally. This all costs money to do it right! Then once she is pregnant we wait the 63 days to see if she will be able to have them naturally or a cesarean section. Once the puppies are here our "dog mom" jobs begin…imprinting, laundry, sleeping by the whelping box so no one gets laid on, potty training starting at 4 weeks, more laundry, no sleep for the wicked and then socializing and more laundry. We finally get to have a full night sleep around the 4th week. It is a monumental task to do it right and keep everyone healthy and happy. Then back to the vets to make sure everyone’s heart is beating correctly and review their overall health.
The next step is one of the most important steps and good breeders rely on their reputation, previous buyers and friends to send them potential puppy buyers. Then the interviewing process of potential owners begins.
Thanks to all our good friends who send good people and make our job a bit easier for this task for we are getting tired at this point and puppies are rearing to go explore outside.
We believe in:
* Raising puppies in our home to obtain the best social skills as adults. * Early stimulation with the use of various "toys". Slide, step stool, crackle tunnel, wobble board, and an activity box. * Early noise socialization. As soon as the pups ears are open we run a sound cd in their room to get used to sounds and noises we can't produce naturally. Fireworks, baby crying, traffic, thunder, train, plane, lawn mower, etc. * Minimal Vaccinations- Jean Dodds and Ronald Schultz's Minimal Vaccination Protocol * Spay Neuter at over 1 year of age * Nursing until 6 weeks to maximize immunity. * Socializing with other adult mothers and some sires at 7 weeks to obtain good social skills. Our seasoned adults are used to raising puppies and this makes it easier for the puppy to go to their new home where he/she might be the 2nd dog coming into a house hold. They learn quickly how to interact with another adult besides their mother.
------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The chart below is so you can see the costs involved in raising a well socialized litter of dachshunds in today’s times. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- So next time you are searching for your “perfect” new family member remember to ask all the important questions but also make sure you thank your dedicated breeder for their efforts on raising a healthy dachshund. I wrote this page so buyers could grasp how we arrive at our asking price of our puppies and how difficult our jobs of trying to keep a quality dachshund affordable to the average family. There is a difference between good breeders and not so good breeders just like everything else in life.
SMALL WONDERS KENNELS COSTS BREEDING A DACHSHUND LITTER
DAM REQUIREMENTS: Yearly CERF & Patella check "NOT INCLUDING SHOW EXPENSES which can cost upwards of $4,000 - $5,000 per dog"
*OFA or CERF Eye Clearance "LIFETIME 12 yrs" Yearly Eye Exams $100. x 12 = 1,200.divided by 3 litters = $400.00 *Patella check - $150
DAM REQUIREMENT TOTAL:(PRIOR TO BREEDING) $1350
BREEDING COSTS *Vet Check on Dam CBC Blood Work-Smear for Infections $250.00 *Timing/Progesterone Tests $140.00 per test/3-6 Tests per Breeding $420. to 840.00
STUD DOG FEE: *Service Fee (Deposit) $300.00 *Remainer of Stud Fee (3 live puppies) $1,000.00 -$1,500.00 Total Fee: $1970 - $2890
SHIPPING SEMEN EXPENSES: A. Fresh Chilled Semen (X2) Canine Shipping Box; Semen Extender; Ice ( these charges are if your stud dog owner packages it. More $ if a vet prepares it for shipping) $300.00 B. Frozen Semen Tank Rental; Preparation Fee;Tank Return $400.00 to $600.00 Plus Shipping Fees: FedEx; UPS; Airplane-Counter to Counter; Bus $200. to 600.00
SEMEN INSEMINATIONS: (Pick one: A. B. C. or D. Expenses)
A. Natural breeding Driving to Stud Dogs Location And possible hotel stays xxx.xx
B. Artificial Insemination (A-I) If performed by a Vet $150. to 300.00
C. Transervical "Vet Procedure" (usually inseminated twice) $400.to 700.00
D. Surgical "Vet Procedure" $1,400. to 1,900.00
Ultrasound *To Confirm Pregnancy $75.00 to 150.00
Xray To see how many to expect and too make sure they aren't too big to deliver naturally $150.00
BREEDING TOTAL: (NO PUPPIES YET) $5,050.- 7,230.00
CARING FOR DAM & PUPPIES: (Not including cost of whelping box)
*Dam (gestation through whelping) Extra Food for Dam; Supplements $500.00
*Natural-Cesarean $0 to 2,000.00 *Post Whelping Vet Check $150. to 250.00 *Whelping Supplies Bedding(at least 3 sets of bedding)-Oxytocin/Vet on call-,Extra towels-Pedialyte-Puppy Collars-Heating Source-Disinfectants-New Linoleum (to put around the whelping box) $800. to 1,200. *Washing and More Washing! Bedding is washed Daily $200.00
Raising Puppies *Food-Bedding "Carefresh Litter"-Toys-Replacement Toys-Possible New Pens-Toy Pools-Possible Pet Sitter-Worming Supplies $1500.00 and up Vet (when there are no problems) *Vaccinations-Microchip-Health Checks $90. x 6 = 540.00
SUB TOTAL: LOW TO HIGH $3,790.- 6,190.00 Sleeping in The Box NO SLEEP & I WANT SOME SLEEP!
GRAND TOTAL: LOW TO HIGH $8,840.00 to 13,420.00
DIVIDED BY 5 PUPPIES AVERAGE "COST" OF 1 PUPPY $1,768.00 to 2,684.00 And again this isn’t even including show expenses per dog!
Replacement Costs of worn out items . ?????
THIS IS JUST THE "COST" OF RAISING 1 AVERAGE LITTER OF 5 PUPPIES. THIS IS SIMPLY A "HOBBY" AND A LOVE FOR THE BREED. I HOPE THIS PUTS THE COST VS PRICE WE CHARGE FOR A PUPPY IN PERSPECTIVE.