Q: How much does the average dog breeder make?
I know that the numbers vary alot due to how many dogs they have, how much they sell them for.
But if you are a dog breeder yourself, or you know someone...
How many dogs do you have? And how much do you make annually with your dogs?
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Answer by Kim S
it depends on what dog it is and current fads, my mom used to sell Shih Zhu puppies for like 1500 dollars, she had pedigreed dogs. She really wasn't a professional breeder since she only had a few bitches and one stud, so you figure a litter of about 5 puppies you could make like 7500 dollars, her dogs pedigree stretched all the way back to China in the 1800's, if you are talking about Puppy Mills thats a whole different story and you shgould never get into that
Answer by Kat W
Lots of "variables' in this question…BUT
The first litter that a breeder has? chances are that there is NO money made…because of the cost of :
1) purchasing the female
2)getting the needed "shots" and registration papers
3) the cost of any shows or other "titles" that the female may get
4)testing for health issues, that "vary" from each breed
5) The stud fees
6) the travel expense to get the female to the stud dog…quite possibly having to spend the night in hotels…waiting for the mating to happen.
7) the cost of the puppy food and care for the first 8-10 weeks of the pups life.
The above things are the "needed' items for the first litter…
this doesn't include ANY of the time the breeder spent socializing the pup in order to get that pup to be a "great companion" for the puppy buyers or the time that is spent cleaning up after the pups…lots of time and energy is spent on "good pups" for those first 8 weeks…not to mention the time spent in talking with the new "puppy owners" that might be interested in one of the pups…and it doesn't include any of the time that a good breeder spends "talking" with the puppy buyers AFTER the pup leaves the breeders home…the breeders "job" doesn't end at the sale of their pup…it continues in the form of advise and support, to the new family, for the entire life of that pup…
Now after the first litter? there MIGHT be a profit of some sort…
Answer by DK
Anybody who is claiming that you can ONLY make very little next to no money is either really bad at accounting and finding ways to stay professional while keeping costs down… or just flat out does not know what they are doing.
Some people here have SOME knowledge on the subject but obviously are either talking to the wrong people, or doing the wrong things. I've been successfully breeding now for 6 1/2 years making upwards of $60K a year. It took about a year to start making this extra bit of money but it was well worth it. Note: I do not 'show' these dogs even though they are AKC registered… they're strictly bred to be family pets.
Anybody saying different, is either A.) a breeder and doesn't want competition, B.) as mentioned before just really do not know what they are talking about or doing, or C.) Works for SPCA.
Anyone trying to get in to this field should not be discouraged by all the negative comments on this site. It can be very rewarding… particularly if you love animals, a specific dog, and giving families a new family member they can cherish for years.
Answer by magie jones in reply to DK
what kind of dogs do you breed? how many?
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