How Much Do Beagles Cost – From Puppies To Adulthood?
The average price of a puppy is $1,000-$2,500. However, there are some breeds which have been bred over time to produce larger litters than others. These include the Border Collie (which produces large litters), the English Bulldog (which produces small litters) and the Pomeranian (which produces medium sized litters). A good breeder will select the right breed for your needs. If you want a very large litter, then you might need to pay more than a regular dog. On the other hand, if you only want one or two pups, then it may not matter what breed they are. You could get a Pomeranian pup for $200-$300 and still save money compared to buying a Labrador Retriever puppy at that same price range!
Breed Specific Prices:
Border Collie: $1,100-$1,400
English Bulldog: $900-$1200
Pom Pom/American Pitbull Terrier: $800-$1500
Size Matters! Size matters when it comes to finding a suitable companion. While the average size of a Pomeranian is 10 inches long and 7 inches tall, most pups are around 14″ long and 8″ tall.
As a consequence, most owners have no trouble cuddling and playing with their pups. A full-grown Pomeranian usually only grows to be around 16″ long and 12″ tall. Some Pom puppies take after their parents, being much larger at birth. These “jawbreakers” can be as large as an average sized dog at birth. Normally, these pups are born early and require extra medical attention in the first few weeks of life.
The average Pomeranian lives between 11-16 years, depending on the care and medical attention they receive. The first year of life is the most important one, as most puppies will grow to full adulthood by around 1 or 2 years old. Some Pom puppies do not survive their first year, so many breeders choose to neuter or spay their dogs when they are young to prevent health issues related to the reproductive system.
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A good breeder will also assist you in finding a good vet and be available to answer questions after you bring your dog home. Unfortunately, many unscrupulous “puppy mills” exist which mass-produce puppies without caring for their health or socializing them with people or other animals. Avoid these mills at all costs, as you will receive a sickly puppy which will require veterinary care for most of its life.
Such attention comes at a price, and if the breeder does not offer assistance with medical issues, you will be stuck paying out of pocket expenses.
Other common scams by pet mills include selling dogs which have potentially heritage from popular breeds, but are not registered with any official breed registry. While the dog may look like a purebred Labrador Retriever, the puppy mill operator may have simply mixed breeds to achieve the desired look and sold the pups as purebreds. These pups will not be registered with any major kennel club, but will instead by registered by the puppy mill itself.
Advertising low prices on puppies does not mean that the business is legitimate. Unscrupulous breeders will simply churn out as many puppies as possible, without regard to quality of life or genetics. These mills sometimes advertise online, and if you are lucky, you can report them via the Better Business Bureau.
The cheapest Pomeranian on your local classifieds may be a cheap puppy mill dog.
Puppies are adorable, but they can be time-consuming and expensive when adult dog owners are away at work all day. If you are considering buying or adopting a Pom, make sure you have the time and resources to care for it. Otherwise, you may end up with a loving but energetic dog which has nowhere to release its excess energy.
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