So many people ask me “why are your puppies more / less than XXX” what I want to know is why these puppies only cost XXX???
A Preservation Breeder- Both the sire and dam of this puppy come from top quality breeding stock which has been developed over years and years of selective and knowledgeable breeding’s. Both meet the parent
club standard (GDCA) in conformation, temperament, coat color, etc. Each has a pedigree, which has been studied and thoroughly researched and thoughtfully planned out. These dogs have been selected to breed to each other because they can both contribute
positively to the breed and complement each other physically and correct faults in each other for a better future generation.
A Backyard Breeder- The dam of the litter was
purchased from a puppy mill, pet store or a “breeder” who happened to have the male and female on their property and just let the breeding happen, or the sire is an over or under sized, out of standard male that happens to live down the street.
Neither owner has every heard of AKC or the GDCA standard, neither owner has ever seen nor cared to look at the pedigree. Both have possible behavioral and/or temperament issues. The owners say they “hope” that having/siring a litter will calm
A Preservation Breeder- Before this breeding even took place, bot the male and female had extensive health clearances (OFA & CERF) and color testing to ensure
that the dogs being bred will not produce an off-color puppy. The breeder has chosen to only breed dogs who have received a passing OFA rating and conforms to the standard. The health of the puppies is of upmost importance!
A Backyard Breeder- the breeder is often unaware of any potential genetic problems within the breed. Many times, a trip to the vet is only done when in dire need or emergencies. Routine exams and any vaccinations
or titers are deemed “too expensive” and “unnecessary”. The breeders hope is to make money off the puppies and “get back what they paid for the mother/father dogs”. Puppies are typically sold with no health guarantee and
no breeder support for in the future if issues arise.
A Preservation Breeder-the breeder wishes to maintain a good relationship throughout the puppy’s life into adulthood
and will always be there with answers for the puppy’s owners from start to finish. The breeder’s goal is to produce beautiful and sound specimens, which anyone would be proud to own. Profit, if any, is put towards future breeding’s, ensuring
that the puppies will have everything needed, show entries, new equipment, important veterinary tests and always moving their program forward. Each breeding is always aimed toward the betterment of the breed! Both the mother and puppies are fed the highest
quality diet. Puppies are raised in a busy part of the house where they are socialized, groomed, exposed to different stimuli and people. They are touched and talked to multiple times per day, cuddled and played with. Puppies are stared on kennel training
and potty training. They are never placed before they are 8 weeks old and each potential buyer is thoroughly screened and vetted on caring for a great dane puppy. If for some reason the breeder doesn’t have some of the puppies placed they start leash,
potty and manner training, sometimes taking them to local puppy classes to ensure that whoever is to get this puppy will have an amazing start with them once they take them home. Only puppies who are excellent examples of the breed are held and placed in either
a show home or a guardian home that will allow the breeder to show him/her. Any other puppy is sold on limited registration to pet/companion homes with a spay/neuter contract to ensure that these puppies are not bred (and if they are there are legal stipulations
put in place by the breeder). All puppies are preregistered with AKC/FCI/CanKC (whichever region the breeder is located that pertains to their registry) and all the new owner has to do is ensure that all the information is correct. The breeder has paid a portion
of the registration fees to ensure that every puppy from each litter is registered before going to its new home. The breeder has a strict clause in the contract stating that the new owner has to keep in contact with them at least once a year and has an open
line of communication with them from puppyhood to seniority.
A Backyard Breeder- these puppies are born in a garage or a secluded area where they receive little care or
exposure to anything aside from what the mother gives and when old enough only during feeding times. To cut costs they are weaned to a generic poor-quality kibble and allowed to nurse on the mother as long as possible to keep the food bill down. The female’s
health declines rapidly due to poor health and living conditions and some puppies are weak, runty and have wormy bellies. They are sold as soon as possible because continuous advertising, food and vaccines are expensive. More than half the litter likely doesn’t
have a home lined up for them once they are ready to go and the breeder becomes desperate to place them and starts decreases their prices. They are sold to anyone who has cash in hand. If the new owner is lucky, they may receive an AKC or ConKC registration
application. And although the puppy is a poor example of the breed, they are sold with full breeding rights. The new owner typically disappears with the puppy and is never seen or heard from again.
The comparison you just read is completely hypothetical but is very typical and seen far too often in the dog world. Although not every breeder who charges a higher price is reputable and ethical, pet buyers should keep looking until
they find someone that they trust and are comfortable with. It is completely okay to say “no thank you” to someone with whom you do not feel comfortable with. Don’t insult their program just simply state that you have chosen to go a different
Those who are seeking a companion deserve nothing less then the best quality, healthy, trusting and sound, as well as a breeder that they can rely on from now and
to the future!
Price is always once of the first questions, one that I would
rather answer right off the bat than to spend hours and hours speaking with someone who eventually decides that my puppies are out of their price range. Finding a breeder that not only is comfortable with you and you with them but also one that has puppies
within the price range you are looking to spend is important, but also asking a breeder to decrease their prices because it is not what you wanted to spend is like a slap in the face to that breeder who has poured their heart and soul into each puppy and has
ensured that each breeding has taken place for the right reasons.
This also pertains to people who are simply looking for a companion and think “I just want a pet
and have no interest in showing or breeding, so what do I care if the puppy is from health tested parents?”