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Q: how much r dogs?

February 22, 2009 | By jackson c. | 14 answers | Expired: 1866 days ago

how much r dogs?

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Barbara R.
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Feb 22, 2009

If you have to ask, you can't afford one. You can get a dog for free in the newspaper or pay thousands for a breeder. In any case that's the tip of the iceberg of expenses over the life of your dog. You should be able to provide basic vet care and feeding which can get pricy.

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Megan F.
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Feb 22, 2009

You should never buy dogs. There are thousands of every breed on www.petfinder.com that are looking for homes. So many people breed dogs and it is so unfair because there are thousands that die in shelters everyday simply because they have no where to go. A good shelter will let you adopt a dog for between $75 and $200 fully vetted, and fixed.
After the inital cost you will have to spend a lot each year in food, routine medical care, and *god fobid* emergencies. That doesn't even include the cost to board your animal if you go out of town. Then theres the cost of all of the supplies for you pet.
No matter what you do you should always adopt. Every person that adopts a dog saves 2 lives, the life of that animal, and the life of the animal that can go in the cage you cleared out. Everyone that buys or breeds a dog will kill one or more lives for the homes they took up with that dog (and possibly its puppies).

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Anne V.
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Feb 22, 2009

Dogs can cost anywhere from nothing to tens of thousands of dollars. It depends on the dog and what you want him for. If you want a companion, you can get one from someone giving away puppies or from a shelter or rescue. This helps the unwanted dog population, and even, perhaps saves a life. Any healthy, well-adjusted dog can make a fine companion. You should research breeds to find what characteristics you want in a dog, even a mutt. Mutts are combinations of breeds, and some can follow rather closely the behaviours of the breeds that make them up. So - you should know what you want in a dog.
If you want a dog to show, whether in agility, obedience, or conformation, you will need an AKC (American Kennel Club or Canadian Kennel Club - do not accept other registries as they are not showable) registered purebred. A show quality puppy can cost quite a bit and should come from a reputable breeder who will stand beind their stock. Most breeders who sell show stock have contracts which may actually require you to show your show quality dog. But, along with those standouts in any litter that are destined for the show ring are lovely dogs who may be missing a tooth or have the wrong eye color, so some small variance that keeps them from the conformation ring makes them excellent candidates for other types of showing and, of course, for just being loved.
Wherever you get a dog from, keep in mind that regular vet bills are the same regardless of breed. And some breeds may need more specialized medical attention than others. A reputable, conscientious breeder should be able to discuss the health of their breed and of their breeding stock. A good breeder will have given innoculations and will have wormed their pups.
Do NOT buy from a pet store or chain store. Many of these pups are raised in deplorable conditions, sometimes over seas. They are shipped with little concern for their physical or mental health. Do not support puppy mills by buying from anyone other than a good breeder. You should be able to see the mother, pictures of the father (if he is not on site), and the pups should be raised in a home environment. The pedigree should reflect careful breeding to dogs with titles that show that they have quality.
The most important question to ask any breeder is "Why did you breed this litter." Their answer should reflect a desire to improve the breed they love, not just a wish to make a buck. And along with that desire comes years of experience and work - and they don't get paid for that! A puppy form a good breeder will cost more, but should be well worth it as it will be close to the breed standard in looks and behavior and will have had a good healthy start in life. It will have been wanted from long before its birth.

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