COST OF RAISING A LITTER

2017

 

 

 

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
                                                                                                  TOTAL  $1,655


BREEDING COSTS


                    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
                                                                                                                          TOTAL  $2,625

 

PUPPY CARE COSTS 
Per Litter (Average 10 puppies) 


Dewormer                                                                                   $200
Goat Milk (not always used but always on hand)                  $35
Vaccinations ($50 per puppy)                                                  $500
Microchips ($50 per puppy)                                                     $500

Bedding                                                                                       $100

Toys                                                                                              $100

TOTAL   $1,435


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

 

OTHER


Litter registration AKC                                                            $25

Puppy Kit supplies                                                                   $150
Paper work/contracts, vet booklets/ info.                            $100 
                                                                                       TOTAL $275

 

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 

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    It does not include the building or purchasing of a whelping box, fuel to the vets office, unexpected complications such as C-sections ($1,500) or mastitis ($1,500)
  • 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


MY TIME

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.

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Bonnie Ball 

Home 716-649-4190 

Cell 716-228-1052 

bonnie@fluffypuppy.net

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