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Yeah, I figured a while back that if it was a real business, as in comparing it to other businesses that Pam could do, including less time than she actually puts into the dogs, that we would need to get $5500 per puppy.
Even in the article you posted, Brackett said he almost had to close his kennel, because the hobby was taking too much time away from whatever business he was in.
The only way to make money is the way puppy mills do it, and we have no inclination at all to increase numbers beyond what we are doing now. $2,000 per puppy sounds like a lucrative business, but figure a total of 15 puppies a year, and then take expenses out. An IRS Schedule C is a profit and loss statement for a business. Last year, we showed a profit of $658 on the dog business Schedule C, and we put zero dollars in advertising or professional handlers.
The article was great. I guess the person who posted last week that she was "freaked out" by my statement about linebreeding on our website hadn't read it.
It was written by a breeder who was big in it back in the '30s and '40s. Today we have many benefits from genetic research, health tests, genetic tests, and computers to help calculate it all out, but everything he said still applies, and needs to be understood just as a start.
Last edited by Tom King; 10-08-2011 at 08:13 PM.