How Much Does It Cost to Breed a Dog?
Breeding a dog involves mating a selected dog in order to produce offspring with specific qualities. When dogs breed naturally, they retain the characteristics of their parents. Controlled breeding can be done for two main reasons. First, the breeder may want to ensure the quality of the line by making pure breeds. These can usually be sold for quite a high amount of money. Another reason that people breed is to make new and cute crossbreeds. By using artificial breeds, you are able to have the breeds that you want. Breeding requires the breeder to be familiar with the genetics of both the female and male and be aware of the intended use of the dog.
How much does it cost?
- Depending on the breed, plan on spending at least $500 to as much as $2,000 per puppy with no complications. Breeding a litter of four puppies could run you upwards of $8,000. The costs noted below would be what it would cost for a litter of four. Others have noted that you should be prepared to spend at least $100 per month, per puppy. When complications are involved, this can double if not triple the estimates noted above.
- Birthing supplies, such as a heat lamp, mat, and replacement milk, can cost $25 to $50 per puppy.
- Plan on spending about $500 to $800 on premium food.
- Vitamins can cost $50 to $100
- Worming, shots, and a vet visit can cost $300 to $500 per puppy. This will include their DHLPP, checkup and worming.
- Pre-breeding screening for diseases cost about $500.
- AKC registration can run $20 to $50 per puppy.
- According to Omalmalamutes.com, it can cost an average of $7,788 for a litter of four Malamute Puppies without complications to as much as $23,899 for a litter of 12 with no complications.
- Chowwelfare.com claims that before the puppies are even born, you will have an average $1,000 invested into the mother.
What is going to be included?
- The main goal of breeding is to better the breed. Breeding ensures your dog passes conformation, temperament, health, and genetic testing onto the next generation. Breeding is not an easy task as it may look. Lack of experience can risk the life of your puppies. Be prepared for any complication and put in place the corrective measures. Following the instructions is very important for you to be successful. Breeding the right way is a trait which every dog breeder should have and usually costs money rather than making money.
What are the extra costs?
- Before the puppies are even born, tests and vet visits will be required. A certification of health can run $200; a stud fee can run $200 to $500; running ultrasounds and going to vet before the dog is even pregnant can run $200 to $500, depending on how quickly the dog can get pregnant.
- Proper budgeting is important before breeding as there are many unexpected costs that can leave you broke. For instance, you should have money set aside in case your dog gets sick during pregnancy or whelping. 25% of dog births require C-sections, which can add up to $1,000 vet bill just for whelping. Puppies are also prone to contacting viruses such as Giardia, Cocciadia and Parvo and it may cost you several thousand dollars to save them. In some cases your female dog suffer from Mastitis as a result of failing to produce enough milk or making too much.
- Remember you have to undertake various repairs like flooring, doors and furniture, and this may cost you over $300 to $500 per year.
- While optional, microchips could cost around $100 per puppy.
- Gasoline could cost upwards of $1,000 per year to go to vets, shows, etc. Advertising will also be necessary in order to find a buyer for each puppy.
- Once the puppies are ready to be adopted, it is time to factor in the going home packets and final vet checkup. This can cost up to $150 per puppy.
- Some cities will require that you have a breeder’s permit if you plan on selling your litter as a profession.
Tips to know
- If you are thinking about breeding a dog, talk with some breeders locally or at a dog show. Learn how they work and what they put into their job.
- Consider working with a breeder before consider doing it yourself. Learning from someone who has a lot of experience will help you avoid many common first-time mistakes.
- Remember that a lot of money is not made with dog breeding, and even if there is some left over, the price you are paying yourself by the hour is pretty low.
How can I save money?
- Hire a private vet who charges competitive prices. If you breed a lot and stay loyal to one vet, you will probably get a lower price on each procedure.
- Pre-screening of mates is important to prevent inheritance of diseases.
- Buy dog food at wholesale shops.
- Keep the kennel clean to prevent diseases that are brought by poor hygiene.
- Do some chores yourself when free instead of hiring someone.