"How much does that
Berner puppy cost?"
Puppy Cost is one of the major
considerations for MOST puppy buyers, no matter what the breed. Most
people feel they need to figure out 1) if we can afford the purchase
and 2) if its a fair price.
However, puppy price is MUCH MORE than
What most puppy buyers forget to
seriously consider are the 'after purchase' costs. These are items
collars, leashes, personal trainer, etc)
replacement of chewed
fencing and containment
(most Berners are champion diggers)
legal fees and lawsuits
from people bitten/harmed
healthcare (bloat, cancer, surgery to remove non-edible items
issues and other expensive items are very common in Berners)
In Berners, two of the MOST
important Pre-purchase considerations are:
1. Expected Health (per
2. Expected Temperament (per
-->This is because these
two items, Expected Health and Expected Temperament, can COST OR
SAVE you tons of money, time and effort.
ANY breeder who wants to sell you a
pup will use their best sales tactics to assure you that you're
buying a healthy, sound pup from a healthy, sound pedigree. Some of
these people may even use the sales tactic of 'reality' (which means
they lower your expectations to be realistic).
Unethical breeders DO NOT tell you
they're unethical. In fact, most unethical breeders I've come in
contact would probably appear to be very ethical to the average
The main trait that makes this breeder
dangerous to the average puppy buyer is:
a very cute puppy with a cheap(er)
and hidden issues that may not
appear for several months.
The fact is, MOST breeders
found on the internet (and in newspapers/magazines) are breeders who
know very, very little about the pedigrees behind their breeding
they really are clueless about the health and temperaments that
they're breeding. And this means they're actually selling you a
puppy that almost certainly has a high chance for serious, expensive
I know about a Vet who recently
relocated to an entirely new area of the US to take over the
Clinic for a Vet who hopes to retire soon. A 'good Berner
breeder' had used the services of the former Vet for
many years and was now to bring her Berners to the new Vet.
When the new Vet first met this
Berner person and one of her Berners, the Vet was fairly
traumatized to see that the Berner coming to see her was not
heavily restrained (muzzled, etc).
Apparently, the only Berners
this Vet had ever encountered before were incredibly
aggressive, dominant and un-trained Berners. Interestingly,
this Vet came from an area filled with breeders who list their
pups for sale on the internet. Now this 'good Berner breeder'
is having to 're-condition' that Vet to learn that all Berners
don't have serious temperament issues.
As of August
2005, the average PET Berner puppy price found on the internet
(from an unethical breeder)
is between about
$400 and $1,200. Its critically important to
remember these are puppies whose un-known pedigrees contain
un-known dogs and therefore the puppy's health/temperament
prospects are: un-known.
"un-known" equals "high risk for issues".
Quite often, the
puppy price from these breeders can be raised slightly to
allow the buyer 'breeding rights' per registration.
As of August
2005, the average PET Berner puppy prices FROM A GOOD BREEDER
(who knows pedigree data) range between
$1,000 and $2,500 with
the average price being about
The Intelligent Puppy
Buyer will consider the initial investment of the higher purchase
price from an ethical breeder (who actually knows pedigree data) as
a wise choice toward minimizing future puppy expenses.
Important: You simply cannot compare
shopping for a Berner puppy to shopping at a discount outlet that
contains designer labels. In Berners, designer labels ONLY COME FROM
Perhaps the saddest situation is for a
puppy buyer to pay 'full price' from a bad breeder. Unfortunately,
this is very common in today's marketplace.
SO - the Fifty-Million Dollar Question:
makes a breeder 'good' to buy from?? "
Well, the answer to that lay in Your
Education as a puppy buyer.
The more education you embrace, the
more likely you are to buy from a good breeder.
do you want some more puppy buyer education?
Prepare for more reading and click here:
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My very best
wishes to you as you research our breed.
PLEASE BUY AND
OWN RESPONSIBLY so you'll help our breed avoid the devastation
that unethical people cause popular breeds.