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post #1 of 60 (permalink) Old 01-15-2008, 09:37 AM Thread Starter
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High cost of Havs

I travel to Milwaukee several times a week. Since getting our hav I started checking the Milwaukee paper classifieds to see what they sell for in that area. There have never been any until yesterday. The puppies were selling for $1200 each. The next highest cost dogs were $550 for Bichon's and Shi Tzu's. My wife says maybe we should breed Tasha after hearing that but we won't. I'd be too picky who I'd sell to and still worry if they are in a good home.

Are there any other men posting here or am I the only one? It's ok if I have all you nice women to myself but there must be some other guys around.
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post #2 of 60 (permalink) Old 01-15-2008, 09:48 AM
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$1200 for a purebreed Hav is pretty cheap actually. In Canada they go for $1500-$2000 for a companion pet, and much more for a Show quality pup!

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I think I missed a couple.....but these guys popped into my head.

The thought of breeding should come from wanting to better the breed--not because they are expensive dogs. This is a common thought though,that everyone probably has,but alot of people (thank goodness) come to their senses before it happens--the ones that don't are called backyard breeders and puppymills!

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Kawboy welcome to the forum. As for their "high cost", as Ryan mentioned $1200 is cheaper than the average $1500-$2000 for pet dog in Canada. But really, when you weigh in all the vet bills, BAER testing, annual CERF testing and all the health testing to ensure the parents are healthy, you really are not making any money. The purpose of this kind of breeding is simply for the betterment of the breed and not for profit. Oh and backyard breeders and puppy millers..... ooooooh don't get me started on those. I know people think its very simple to take a female and male and lock them in a room together when the time is right, but there is so much more involved in responsible breeding before the pups are even conceived. The last thing anyone wants is to bring puppies into this world that are full of temperment and health issues, only to lead to heartbreak for the owners later. Not to mention the suffering the pup will be going thru either

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First of all, most newspaper ads are not done by reputable breeders who try to breed to the standard (conformation) and do all the health testing. $1200 might be high next to the other pups for sale in the paper, but it is low for a purebred Hav and they are trying to make some extra money by lowballing the reputable breeders. Just my two cents.

By the way, cost is not indicitive of a good or "bad" breeder either. I know of at least two breeders in the area that don't check their dogs for conformation nor do the health testing with OFA and still try to sell their dogs for the higher prices in the area.
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That is why the "onus" is on the potential buyer to research, research and when you think you are done research some more on the backgrounds of the sire and dam, as well as do the legwork in ensuring that the pup you are buying is indeed coming from a Breeder who does the testing for the betterment of the breed. As well as checking if they are actively involved in AKC groups that support the betterment of the breed. This way, you can atleast prevent much heartache later on. Groups like this one is great because the everyday person, like me, can learn and see what we should always be looking for to protect ourselves and our Havanese.

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My hubby comes on here lol..Dave..our dog is Molly....We paid twelve hundred for her..and that was considered good,as some wanted fifteen hundred..I'm in Kitchener,Ontario,Canada
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I'm here too. I'm Bogart and Brando's dad. FYI they get the looks from their mom ;-) I was thinking of posting a poll to see how many guys are actually visiting this site lol.

I paid $1,500 for Bogart and only $1,100 for Brando due to unusual circumstances from the breeder.

Ryan and ClasseyLassie just curious from what breeder did you get your Havs from? I got mine from Terri Bergan.

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I agree with what you say about the ads in the paper Kimberly,not many reputable breeders would have to advertise in the paper I would think.But not with a breeder lowballing if selling for twelve hundred..Our breeder we bought Molly from has bred hav's for over fifteen years and has oringinal cuban and european dogs.She is amazing and really cares about what kind of homes her dogs go to.She has waiting list up to three years and breeds not often to give her bitches a break.I believe a good breeder isn't in it to make money as they really don't make much with all the testing,shots,and microchiping and any unforseen vet bills that could occur,not to mention the time involved.You really have to be a smart buyer too to make sure that the breeder is reputable.You have to ask the breeder lots of questions as well.This site is wonderful.I love to see how many love love our hav's...
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Hey Daniel,

Beamer is from Ashstone (Cheryl Drake).

We should really plan a BIG Toronto (GTA--yes even as far as Kitchener.. ) playdaye for the spring/summer..

We can start our own thread group for this..

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