We are proud to announce we are expecting a litter of buff colored Cocker Spaniels in Late February 2020! The proud parents are GCH CH Layton Zero Hour Moser Dog x Ch Timeless's Ginger & Spice SWN SHDN CGC TKN RATN SBA SCA BN ORT. Please send a message for more information. Both parent's are fully health tested and certified for eyes-normal, hips-good, Patella-normal and PRA-prcd-normal with OFA.
I am sure I forgot somethings but as a reputable preservation breeder here is the start of my list on expenses for a litter of puppies.
OFA hip exam $200 per dog DNA test $50 per dog PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy) test $50 per dog Thyroid testing $150 per dog Progesterone testing $140 per test CERF exam $45 per dog if you can get into a clinic at a show...$100+ if you have to go to office per dog per year Brucellosis $65 per dog Ultrasound to confirm pregnancy $120 X-ray to confirm number of puppies and size to help plan for problems during delivery $100 Folic acid and other prenatal supplements $50 Whelp-wise fetal monitoring system used during the delivery process $450 each delivery Whelping medication (Oxytocin Calcium Dopram) and supplies $200 each delivery Puppy wellness check $35 per puppy Puppy shots $15 per puppy Tails and dewclaws $95 per puppy Puppy micro-chip (All puppies are chipped and registered for life before leaving my home) $100 per puppy AKC limited registration paid $25 per puppy Food for 4 weeks after weaning $200 per average litter Puppy pads and extra clean supplies $150 per litter Full time 24x7 monitoring and observation for 2 weeks... Priceless Little to no sleep for the first 72 hours... Priceless Time off work and lost wages to care for puppies and mom. Varies by person. Socialization, training and evaluating puppies... priceless
These are best case prices for a perfect litter that has no problems. If you own the stud dog testing must be done on both mom and dad. If you don't own a stud dog a stud fee will run $800-$1,000 on average. Scheduled c-sections run about $900 emergencies can run over $3,000.
If you are dealing with a good preservation breeder you need to look at the expenses that go into each puppy...futher more most will only be breeding titled dogs. An average title (champion title) in expense costs about $5,000 (travel, entry fees, equipment and so on) as well as the cost in the $5,000 and up range for any titles coming after a dogs name. Showing and competing with dogs to put titles on then show the quality of there breeding stock, it also shows the breeder is dedicated to temperament and training.
Also good breeders participate in studies to help develop new DNA testing for health issues within there breed. These tests will help further generations avoid some of the health issues we see today. Soooo...how much does that puppy cost only the heart and soul of a good breeder and more money then they could ever "make" off a litter!