When considering the cost of a good quality purebred dog, there are numerous factors involved. You want a dog that’s both mentally and physically sound if you truly care about the breed of your dog as well as his health. To evaluate a dog, there are a number of steps, some of which occur before he’s even born.
Why have a show dog?
If a breeder wants a show dog, he needs to find the best dog for the job and that means assessing every aspect of the dog. He needs to have enough knowledge of the proper movement and structure of a dog for this purpose. He must also have a full understanding of the standard requirements for that breed.
I only want a Pet
If you have a pet with “show lines,” he’s a better quality because he was bred with the aim of being a show dog to begin with. People have lower breeding standards when creating dogs just for pets. They buy two dogs to mate with no regard for the outcome. This can cause problems with conformity and health issues that may not even be revealed until the puppy has grown and has become a much loved family member.
Breeding Program Costs
For most people, running a breeding program that’s successful and ethical is an extremely expensive hobby and an expression of love for that particular breed.
Here are a few of the costs and needs that you would need to make dogs that are good examples of their breed and have a happy and healthy temperament:
You need to buy a high quality show dog after following the other steps listed or it could be a tough job trying to choose the best dog for the job. The costs will be $2500 - $6000 (for a puppy that hasn’t even proven its abilities yet.)
Meet other breeders, visit shows, join dog clubs and attend their meetings. Attend relevant seminars. Subscribe to publications that will give you more knowledge to help you choose your dog and care for him. The annual cost could be $500-$1000+ depending on how much you actually do.
Care for your dog – buy food, grooming services, vet bills, de-worming treatments, etc.) This can cost around $1000+ per annual for each dog you own.
You may have a dog who competes in championship shows which help prove he’s worthy and valuable to the breed. You can pay $2000+ which only includes entry fees and travel expenses. Accommodation and meals would be additional costs.
If you assume your dog achieves success in shows, you’ll buy another dog of the opposite sex with a complementary pedigree and physical attributes. You’re up for the same costs as previously mentioned each time you do this (assuming the first dog was successful). If the first dog wasn’t, then you must start again and so the costs will increase even more.
You may choose not to buy another male but to pay a stud fee so another breeder can breed your female dog. Stud fees for a male dog who is already a champion range from $500-$1000+ depending on the actual dog. You need to pray that your female dog delivers more than one puppy. (A Pom will usually deliver 1-3 puppies per litter.)
After selecting Pomeranians who complement each other, before commencing the breeding process, genetic screening is recommended. You may also elect to use an outside stud and pay their fees instead of keeping your own male dog.
If your Pomeranians have no genetic flaws or problems, you can use them to breed. Ultrasound is used to see whether the female is pregnant and an x-ray is used for the initial birth to ensure the pelvis has enough width to allow the puppies to be born naturally. If this is not the case, a C-section will have to be performed. Costs are: $250 for an ultra sound, $150 for an x-ray and $2200 for a C-section.
If your female dog doesn't get pregnant, you’ll have to begin again with one or both dogs and that will cost you a lot more money.
If you get a litter, you’ll have to give them food after they stop nursing. You must register the litter as a whole and each individual puppy as well, de-worm them and get the vet to give their vaccinations, a health check and micro chip. Fees would be around $300 per puppy.
Breeding Pomeranians is an expensive exercise. You need to be passionate about owning Pomeranians because, once you do, you’ll never look back and it is hard to stop at one.
The above article is from Pomeranian eMagazine. This article I believe pertains to raising or breeding any Purebred dog.
Andre M. Damrill