Why the hell does a dog cost so much ?
last updated 20th, Oct 2010,
Hello DogSpot members,
First of all I should thank DogSpot for creating such a wonderful platform for pet lovers to interact, learn and exchange ideas.
By profession I breed dogs, run 2 pet shops, Dog Boarding, Grooming Services in Bangalore. I am initiating this thread as I want to share my experiences and suggestion with current and prospective pet owners around India, I strongly believe that by sharing ideas, view and experiences we can improve the quality of our pets and be responsible owners....
I am kick starting the series targeting prospective pet owners as thats the beginning of a long term commitment which many people don't realize, I have put together the upcoming para as I feel it answers all the questions regarding which pet to choose,whats right for you, what's my commitment, what does quality play in selecting a puppy and the most beaten up questions "Why the hell does a dog cost so much" ?
**A PUPPY IS A LIVING, THINKING, FEELING CREATURE that needs to be loved and cared for. This does not mean a bowl of cheap pedigree once a day and a cursory pat on the head. It means a well-balanced diet of top quality food, vaccinations and regular veterinary care, brushing, toenail clipping, ear cleaning, adequate exercise, shelter from the elements, house training, socialization, obedience training, and, oh, yes -- lots and lots of patience and love; whether it turns out to be more than you hoped for in your wildest dreams or falls seriously short of even your minimum expectations. A PUPPY IS A LIFETIME COMMITMENT, for its entire lifetime**
**Most importantly "The breed you want may not necessarily be the breed you need" so please invest some time reading the breed standard / requirements before even thinking of one.
Congratulations..!! for choosing the breed fitting your need, the next question which is expected to follow is why the *HELL* do dogs cost so much, isn't the prices astronomical ?
The answer is a straight forward *NO*, here's why...
Why do you pay 1000 Rs & more for a just a *SHIRT* when you can still buy a wearable shirt starting from 100 Rs ? The answer is obvious, you opted for quality, texture, shine, brand value over an 3rd quality mopping cloth.
*Same is with dogs in comparison to a shirt..
Show quality pups are a result of selective breeding between imported lineage (quality of skin, coat etc), champion pedigree (brand value), breed standards ( skin coat, eyes defects, hereditary / genetic diseases, hip/elbow dysplasia, unstable/ erratic temperament, weak bone structure,fits and convulsions) etc
Dogs that are produced in this manner may not grow up to look or act anything like the dog you fell in love with & thats exactly what makes you feel inferior> dejected> frustrated looking at quality dogs which walk past your dogs & make you ask your dog the question, why the hell are you so small, weak and defective ?
The reason is you, don't blame the dog if this happens to you in the future
***Big deal I will not take my dogs to shows so I still need a pet quality....
Only a small number maybe 2-3 % of dogs spend much time in the show ring. Most dogs are shown by their owners or breeders, and when they are not showing, they are those owner’s pets,living the same life as any other pet dog.
Wouldn't you like a healthy dog meeting the breed standards (may not be a 1000 Rs shirt but a 500 Rs shirt) with minor ignorable defects. Most importantly the medical expenses associated with maintaining a defective inferior dog...
After all it is not a not a shirt but a living being with emotions and companion for 8-14 years :)
*Even if you don't buy from us we would be happy to educate you about the right breed matching your needs... :)
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