WHY SUCH A PRICE DIFFERENCE
When you see puppies for $350, you need to find out a lot of things.
Novice people advertise and sell their puppies only by color, sex and/or size.
Color is not the reason for the difference in price, it is the properly planned
combination of bloodlines, the individual dog's ability and the body style of
the pups with balanced trustworthy temperaments that determines the total price.
What is the heritage breeding lines? Even though you are not going to show, this is important so that you get a mentally balanced sound dog and a physically correctly structured dog. Some of the questions to find out about the puppy or dog you are about to purchase: American or European? conformation or working style? Titled or champion conformation parents? Are the parents certified? DNA? Hips? Temperament tested?
All these things take money and time and after awhile you will see that you need to change the price on the puppies if you are going to do all of this the right way. The cheapest that I know of for a trainer/handler to take a dog to level one is at least $1,500 if not closer to $2,500. Then to get the x-rays and certifications for hips including the micro-chipping is about $280. Then the DNA is another $40, then the other testing for diseases including CB and VC is at least another $100, and the list goes on and on if you are going to do the breeding in the proper manner.
After awhile you can begin to see why there is such a price difference in the dogs. In fact just the shipping on the airplane from Germany to USA of one of the parent dogs is $550, besides having to pay $4,000 to $6,000 for each of the parents. It starts to be a very large investment but for those who want more than just another puppy but want to choose the puppy instead of having one just shipped to them from Europe, then you import the proper dogs and produce the offspring here in the United States.
We try to have enough variety for all families to be satisfied, from great family pets to schutzhund titled protection dogs including true conformation showing, but do not want to compromise the integrity of the breed. Just like anything else, there are certain brands, or in dogs, a certain bloodline which is more desirable than another but may be harder to acquire in the USA, thus, these pups or dogs are more expensive. Understand particular bloodlines are more in demand because it is a known fact as to what those bloodlines produce concerning the various aspects of the makeup of the German Shepherd Dog.
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