Discussion in 'Dogs - General Dog Chat' started by romney, Jul 9, 2005.
The most I've encountered was in my newspaper; $8,000 for a pair of Bouviers!
I've got a couple that'll knock some socks off!
These are not puppy prices- but prices for NIPPO-winning Shiba Inu from Japan.
The most my own breeder paid for one was $45,000 for an incredible stud dog. I got lucky with this guy- I co-own my bitch with the breeder and was able to use this gorgeous boy at stud to my girl, absolutely free. He's the number one sire in the HISTORY of the breed- and I believe, well-worth the price.
Out of the 3 puppies Kimi had sired by this boy, the show-prospect, "Jessee," has dazzled all of us beyond our wildest dreams. He is currently UKC, CKC (Canadian KC), AKC CH. San Jo Wild Wild West. He has taken a group one and two group twos in UKC, and multiple group twos and group threes in AKC competition. He has gone best of breed over the top-ranked Shiba in the nation. And all of this at just over two years of age, with a DYNAMITE temperament and OFA excellent hips! (So I'm just a little bit proud).
The other dog's price was BEYOND ridiculous. Apparently her owners were asked to part with her for $85,000. They refused. Chaka is the top-winning Shiba of all time in JKC. Pretty amazing, especially considering she's a bitch. (And I DO mean that literally, and not figuratively, LOL...her temperament is glorious). My breeder was lucky enough to show her to an AKC championship, and campaign her as a favor to her owners who are in Japan. I got to meet her- and she was just amazing. A stellar beauty, and a perfect housedog.
Wow!. . .I'm not into showing and I would never ever spend that get a dog! My next one comes from a shelter or the pound.
I know, thats crazy. $45,000 for a show dog. If I EVER spend that much money on a dog it better, cook, clean, do laundry, train itself, and heck, even brush my teeth for me.
I wouldn't recommend buying pets from "next day pets" its a horrible site in my opinion.
Irish Wolfhounds arent cheap... they go from $1100 to almost $2000.
I can answer that one! MINE! She has cost me an absolute fortune to correct her bad breeding! Not only that but the morons who had her before me used her as a Mill bitch! Yay! More badly bred puppied out there. And I know those are not getting the care mine gets!
I know that the breeder of Scandal (my mom's maltese) from charged $2,000-$3,000 just for Scandal's pet quality puppies. The show prospect puppies probably went for much higher. But then again, those puppies had amazing pedigrees. The stud she used was a Westminster Best of Breed winner, and Scandal herself is a champion who has been recognized for producing many champion puppies.
This is what I can't understand: I have seen maltese puppies from puppy mills selling for $1,500-$2,000. It's disgusting. People pay that amount for a dog with no health guarantees, no pedigree and no breeder support. And not to be harsh, but I've noticed that maltese from puppy mills are usually nowhere near as beautiful as the dogs from show lines--even pet quality puppies from show lines are just gorgeous.
LOL- believe me, I nearly had a heart attack when I found out.
And while I AM into showing, I am also into rescue. I volunteer regularly at my local humane society, and when I start my own breeding program, it will be done on the condition that I work tirelessly for Shiba rescue as well.
As far as the prices go, you have to understand that a lot of it is due to the differences between the U.S. and Japan. In Japan, showing dogs (especially through NIPPO), is roughly akin to how seriously we take the breeding of thouroughbred horses in the United States. It is much less of a personal hobby that can be undertaken by anyone, than it is an elite sport open only to the priviliged (or the extraordinarily talented).
Some of the best breeders are the Yakuza. The Japanese mafia. You can usually recognize them at the shows because they'll be the ones cruising up to the show site in Mercedes Benz RVs. (Which until I got into Shibas, I never even knew EXISTED).
It used to be IMPOSSIBLE to get a NIPPO-winning dog out of Japan. They're very protective of the best specimens, and no one has been able to import a NIPPO BIS dog yet. They really are priceless. Part of this protective nature has to do with the Shiba's status as a National treasure, (it was brought back from near extinction after WW2). The other part has to do with the fact that they've seen what we've done to Akitas...and they don't like it. (Take a look at the differences between Japanese and American Akitas, and you'll see what I mean- they are truly 2 different breeds of dog).
Since the introduction of Shibas to this country, we have been striving to get outstanding examples of the breed. Dogs that would allow our American-bred Shibas to be competitive with those on the Japanese show circuit. Dogs that embody Japanese typiness and attitude. Dogs that have "Kan-i," "Ryosei," and "Soboku."
It is just NOW, after the tireless efforts of a few, dedicated breeders (and a LOT of monetary support from people who had the means but not the will or time to breed Shibas themselves), that we are starting to "come up to speed."
My aunt paid $1500 for a Maltese puppy from a backyard breeder, and when she found out that it took more than just food to raise a puppy, she decided to re-sell it to someone else, who paid $2000 for it!! (Yep, she actually made $500 on that poor puppy) I guess there are a lot of people who do not know much about dogs out there, and are willing to pay whatever price to get the dog they want.
I know this thread is old, but the most expensive breed of dog sold around here is the English Bulldog for an average price os $1700-$2000 (not pet store price).