How Much Are Poodles?
Your Guide To the Cost Of This Purebred
The average price of a purebred dog is $3,000 to $4,500. A mixed breed can range from $1,000 to $2,000. Toy poodles are usually between $300 and $400. The most expensive poodle is a golden retriever with a pedigree of at least 20 generations.
That’s right, it costs $5,000! If you want a puppy, you’ll have to fork over even more money.
What Is A Puppy Worth?
Puppies are very expensive because they’re not just one thing: They come in all shapes and sizes. You need to consider everything such as size, coloration (length/color), temperament (loving or aggressive), health issues (diseases), and much more. There are many reputable breeder websites where you can buy puppies. These sites offer discounts if you purchase multiple puppies. However, there are some things to keep in mind before buying puppies online.
You may get a better deal if you visit your local pet store or go to a rescue group that rescues dogs for free. Some places will sell puppies for less than $200, but others charge anywhere from $700 to $10,000.
Should You Get A Puppy Or An Adult Dog?
There are advantages and disadvantages to bringing home a grown dog. When you buy a puppy, you can teach it what to do and not to do. More importantly, the dog will grow up alongside your children and provide comfort as they grow old together. However, dogs don’t stop being dogs just because you bring them home. They can be destructive, loud, and more.
Adults are more calmer, quieter, and cheaper to buy. They don’t require as much attention or food. However, you won’t experience the joys of watching a puppy grow up and experience the world for the first time.
What Is A Breeder?
Breeders can be people or organizations that specifically breed purebred animals. People who do this are called hobbyists. They usually take great pride in the work they do and are concerned about the health and happiness of their animals. They can range from local hobbyists to global businesses with a wide range of prices. Some hobbyist breeders keep good records of their animals and can prove the quality of their work, while others don’t.
What Is An Animal Shelter?
Shelters are non-profit organizations that take in stray or abandoned pets. They screen pets for good and bad behavior, health issues, and more. They also usually provide medical treatment before finding them a home. Some shelters require an application fee, while others are free to use. Dogs at shelters are usually of mixed breed (mongrel) or purebred, but are often times older.
What Is A Kennel?
Kennels are organizations that solely breed animals for profit. They may specialize in one type of animal or multiple types. For example, a kennel specializing in dog breeding may have several different breeds of dog. Some kennels are known to operate in less-than-moral conditions because of their ruthless pursuit for profit. However, there are many responsible kennels that take great care in the well-being of their animals.
What Is A Rescue Group?
Rescue groups are organizations that rescue pets in need from terrible situations such as abuse, abandonment, and neglect. They’re similar to shelters, but they tend to focus on a specific breed of animal and take in more animals than shelters do. For example, if a labrador retriever is abandoned, a rescue group may take them in, but a shelter may not have resources to care for a large, energetic breed.
Should You Get A Male Or Female Dog?
While the answer is ultimately up to you, there are some facts that you should know about gender in pets. Male dogs, otherwise known as “bucks” are more energetic and prone to barking. They also typically need to lift their legs to urinate every few minutes, so you must be prepared to take them out frequently.
Female dogs, otherwise known as “bitches”, are known for being more affectionate and calmer overall. Female dogs typically go into heat twice a year for around a month at a time. During this time, they’re fertile, which means you must be careful when taking her out. A male dog in the vicinity may catch a scent and cause the female dog to mate with it, which results in puppies.
How Old Should You Get Your Dog?
There’s really no specific age that’s perfect for getting a dog. Dogs typically live from 10-15 years, but some dogs have been recorded living up to 23 years old. Obviously, the younger you get a dog, the longer you’ll be able to experience all of the awesome stuff dogs do with them. However, older dogs that have been abandoned or neglected are typically more grateful for a new home, and in some cases they need it more. It’s ultimately up to you to decide an age that works best for you and your family.
How Much Does It Cost?
Finally, we come to the prices themselves. Dogs vary in price due to several factors such as breed, age, kennel, and more. The smallest dogs typically sell for a few hundred dollars, but some rare breeds can go for up to a few thousand. Larger dogs such as great danes and other giant breeds can go for anywhere between $400-$1,000. Mixed breeds tend to sell for less than purebreds. As for age, puppies tend to cost a little more than older dogs. If you get an older dog, it’ll typically cost a few hundred dollars. Finally, kennels have different price ranges depending on several factors such as reputation, location, and size. You can check online or in person to see the prices of the kennels in your area.
Breeders typically charge a few hundred dollars for their pets, but large kennels typically sell theirs for much less.
So how much do you think it’ll cost you to get a dog? $500? $1,000? More?
It’s time to add up your final number and find out!
Sources & references used in this article:
Dogs: The Ultimate Care Guide: Good Health, Loving Care, Maximum Longevity by M Hoffman – 2000 – books.google.com
Poodles For Dummies by M Welton – 2000 – Macmillan
Poodle (Standard) by SM Ewing – 2007 – books.google.com
The genetic connection: a guide to health problems in purebred dogs by YS Poodle – valleydogandcat.com