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How Much Did You Pay for your Hav?

I know that Havanese from reputable breeders cost around $1500. But for those of us that didn't know that when we got our baby, I was wondering what most paid. Rosie cost $750. I expected more but was told that since she was going to be to little to show, she was selling her as pet quality only. (probably not true). My husband thought that was a lot of money to pay for a dog and besides the protection dogs I have purchased, was the most I had ever paid for a dog. I see them advertized now for $300-$500 in the newspapers. Backyard breeders? Personally, I can't imagine that I would have got a better one than Rosie if I had paid $3000. So as the popularity of the breed increases, I wonder what the average pet owner is paying.

Got to go, Rosie and Josie Wales just knocked something off in the bathroom...
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Well when I got Gizmo I got her at the pet store (I didn't know about puppy mills/BYB then until I went to Petco and Gizmo and I got a lot of bad looks/comments). I feel bad for having supported a possible Mill or BYB but I love Gizmo and she is pretty perfect. I paid $1,850 for her (which with that price and what they had said I thought I was doing the right thing).



P.S. - I have been donating to some groups to help dogs to make up for the mistake so please no nasty posts
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The lowest Hav Ive ever seen was around 600 and the highest was close to 3 grand, I paid 650 for my dog (1/2 hav and 1/2 KCC).
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I'm back. Good thing I went to see. Josie knocked the sack of cat food off the counter and they were both going to dig in.

I agree about the nasty posts. I don't want any either.

I knew about puppy mills; so no excuse there. I just didn't have a clue what they cost. The breeder said that her mother was a show dog and she had picked Rosie for the show ring; but at four months and only 2.5 pounds, she didn't think that she would get to standard. (well she did in height and weight). Anyway now I figure that was just her sales pitch. I told husband that another one would cost around $2,000 and he didn't bat an eye. he is so in love with Rosie; but Josie Wales has put a stop from looking for another just yet.
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I paid $2000 for Panda. That's alot of money, but I have the confidence of her being well bred, temperment tested, health certified, etc. In the long run the $2k is a bargain if we don't experience any major genetic health issues....

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In England you pay between 800 and 1000 for a pup from a reputable breeder,but you can get them on the internet for as little as 100 pounds but they are scams and BYB or as we call them puppy farms,so I wouldn't touch them with a barge pole.Poor little pups it makes you want to buy them all up and give them a loving home!!

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Just inserting this as an example. Our pets are $2,000. We have about 3 litters a year. We never have paid a professional handler or specialed a dog. We do all the health testing you have ever heard of and others that most have never heard of. Our pups are potty trained, socialized, and we spare no effort to provide the best possible.

Last year was the first year we showed a profit. Our Schedule C (IRS form for businesses)showed a profit of $458.00. I didn't claim any depreciation on the addition to the house for the dog complex. I just thought we needed to "show" a profit with all the proposed legislation-that we are mostly in favor of-and show that we are "professional" breeders.

We don't even try to compete with puppy sales on price and volume.

How much less would anyone have us do so we could sell puppies for less money?
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We got Tucker from a breeder and he was free. 5 weeks earlier we had picked up our first little Hav (Scooter). We had been waiting months for a puppy. We had him 3 weeks before a tragic accident took his life. When I called June and told her what happened she said when DH and I were ready for another little one she would GIVE us a pup. Scooter was $2,000 so June was out $2,000 when she gave us Tucker. I can't begin to tell you how grateful we are to her for her generosity.
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We got Tucker from a breeder and he was free. 5 weeks earlier we had picked up our first little Hav (Scooter). We had been waiting months for a puppy. We had him 3 weeks before a tragic accident took his life. When I called June and told her what happened she said when DH and I were ready for another little one she would GIVE us a pup. Scooter was $2,000 so June was out $2,000 when she gave us Tucker. I can't begin to tell you how grateful we are to her for her generosity.
Wow that's amazing!!

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Just inserting this as an example. Our pets are $2,000. We have about 3 litters a year. We never have paid a professional handler or specialed a dog. We do all the health testing you have ever heard of and others that most have never heard of. Our pups are potty trained, socialized, and we spare no effort to provide the best possible.

Last year was the first year we showed a profit. Our Schedule C (IRS form for businesses)showed a profit of $458.00. I didn't claim any depreciation on the addition to the house for the dog complex. I just thought we needed to "show" a profit with all the proposed legislation-that we are mostly in favor of-and show that we are "professional" breeders.

We don't even try to compete with puppy sales on price and volume.

How much less would anyone have us do so we could sell puppies for less money?
I am with Tom, amazing as everyone might find this - we do not make money. I don't get paid a wage for all the time I spend with the babies and I do not work outside of the home. The health testing, the showing (I do use a handler and spend thousands to finish a dog) and all the other expenses of having dogs puts a big dent in the bank account. I do not own a stud dog so I have to travel to the male with my bitch which generally means an overpriced last minute airline ticket. I am currently getting bids to concrete the 18' x 46' puppy yard (it will be covered with $1500 artificial turf) and its going to run me about $4000 just for concrete! This area is enclosed and under roof so there needs to be a way to clean it out.

I've been selling my pups over the last 11 years at what I feel is a reasonable price of $1700. Pet or show - they are all worth the same......priceless!

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