Main > price of stud fees VS puppy prices (0 replies)
by Shelley Strohl on 05 April 2008 - 00:43
you take the bitch you either bought or raised to the stud that was bought or raised by his owner, and pay $1,000 for the stud fee. you produce 10 pups in the litter. now because of the good stud and bloodline you charge $1000 per pup. ($1,000-$1500 seeming to be the norm) and you keep one for yourself. 9 pups at $1,000 = $9,000 minus the 1,000 stud fee puts $8,000 in your pocket (less any transport fees)
You're kidding, right, or maybe you are drinking... your bath water? I'd say there's 50-75% chance that that female someone spends $1,000-1500. on a stud fee to breed probably WASN'T raised from a puppy by that person. More likey it was purschased as a finished dog, highly placed in competition, or sent to Germany for titles, survey, show rating, etc. for a small fortune. Once shipped over, for the last time (maybe) which costs $1,200+ these days, the new owner may well have hauled the dog all over creation, (maybe back overseas a few times too) for a year or two... or three, or??? to compete in events, spending more than some people make in a year on airfare, shipping, travel expenses, handler expenses, entriy fees, routine pre - and post-breeding health care, and, oh yeah, ADVERTISING (care to guess what a smallish color ad in Dog World magazine costs?) web site design ... 10 pups? I believe the average size GSD litter is 6-7, often a lot less after attrition. Add a couple of long-coat pups to the mix, and SURPRISE! You're lucky to break even. Throw in a C-section, maybe end up losing all the pups and the bitch, and UH OH... You're WAY in the hole. (again)
Add some jerk who wants you to guarentee everything from nose to toes, expects the puppy he only wants to pay a pet price for to fall out of his mother with Sch 3/KK1/V even if the idiot couldn't train a fly to land in a pile of horse manure, screws the dog all up and then demands his money back. It makes "normal" people wonder why any of us bother to try to breed good dogs in the first place.
The really bad news is that even with a $1,000 stud fee, the person who imported that top stud dog likely spent even MORE money promoting him, may well end up in the hole no matter how many $1,000 breedings he attracts.