COST OF RAISING A LITTER
PRE-BREEDING HEALTH TEST
OFA HIPS $600
OFA thyroid Testing (annually from 2-6 yrs of age) $200
OFA DNA DM testing ($75 for each parent) $150
Neonatal Encephalopathy $235
von Willebrand Disease Testing $235
Canine CERF Testing $235
Pre-breeding bloodwork $150
Optional CBC ( blood test ) $200
Brucellosis Testing $75
Stud Fee $2,000
Ultrasound to confirm pregnancy $100
X-ray or ultrasound of puppies $100
PUPPY CARE COSTS
Per Litter (Average 10 puppies)
Goat Milk (not always used but always on hand) $35
Vaccinations ($50 per puppy) $500
Microchips ($50 per puppy) $500
RAW FOOD (ONCE WEANED)
Weeks 3 - 4 On average 3lbs per day x 14 days (42lbs)
Weeks 5 - 7 On average 6 lbs per day x 21 days (126lbs)
Weeks 8 - 9 On average 7 lbs per day x 14 days (98lbs)
266 lbs at $2.50lb TOTAL $665
Litter registration AKC $25
Puppy Kit supplies $150
Paper work/contracts, vet booklets/ info. $100
GRAND TOTAL PER LITTER $6,655
THAT DOES NOT INCLUDE...
The costs for keeping the dam (housing, increased food during pregnancy/normal food through rest of year, routine vet care, training or shows)
The costs for transporting of the dam to the stud or progesterone testing if required or artificial insemination if required
- The costs for any advertising costs or annual website fees or updates.
- The costs for washing detergent or electricity to do 2 loads of laundry per day (plus)
- The costs for running the heating units in their bedroom to keep their space at 73 degrees Fahrenheit
Litters require around the clock 24 hour supervision especially until 5 weeks of age. I get maybe 2 hours of broken sleep per night for the first 3 weeks of life. Then it improves to about 5 hours of broken sleep until 5 weeks of age.
It isn't until 6 weeks of age until I can get 6-7 hours of sleep per night, if I'm lucky.
How much do you think my time is worth? Let's just base it on a minimum wage job at 84hrs per week (that's 12 hour days and I do way more than that).
New York State minimum wage is $11.10.
8 weeks at 84 hours per week is 672hrs x $11.10 = $7,459.20
So that's a final total of $14,114.2 gross expenses
Breaking even (at minimum wage salary) is $1,411.42 per puppy in a 10 puppy litter
So when you see "breeders" listing their puppies for $750-1,500 you have to ask yourself where are they saving their costs and is it worth it to purchase from one of these breeders?
Please take this into consideration when evaluating the breeder you wish to purchase from.