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The high price of puppies has created a problem of fairness as some people cannot afford to buy puppies, according to a veterinarian.

Andrew Cornwell gave the example of a single person living on a low income.

This type of person, said the Newcastle vet, “would probably be more likely to suffer from mental health problems, and therefore would probably benefit the most from having a pet.”

“Animals are great for your mental health. The human-animal bond is very strong,” he said.

Puppy prices have risen dramatically during the pandemic, with people stranded at home and looking for a mate.

“There has been a reduction in supply and a significant increase in demand,” Mr. Cornwell said.

“This put enormous upward pressure on prices. Dog prices have skyrocketed.”

He said vets are “shaking their heads” at the cost of puppies these days.

“It’s extraordinary. 20 years ago you would go to Herald the classifieds and the puppies were given to a good home. “

He said it was a reasonable assumption that “if people have paid a lot of money for a puppy, they’re more likely to take care of it.” But he added: “It creates inequalities.”

Depending on their breed and pedigree, puppies can sell for around $ 1,500 to $ 9,000 in the Hunter.

Try this list as an example:

  • French Bulldogs sell for between $ 5,500 and $ 9,000
  • Australian Bulldogs for $ 6,000
  • King Charles Spaniels for $ 5500
  • pomeranian / mini poodles for $ 5,000
  • miniature dachshunds for $ 3,800 to $ 5,000
  • dachshunds for $ 4500
  • purebred poodles for $ 4000
  • pugs for $ 3,800
  • purebred border collies for $ 4000
  • American Bulldogs for $ 3500
  • Purebred Jack Russell Terriers for $ 3,500
  • chihuahuas for $ 3500
  • shih tzus for $ 3000
  • boxers for $ 2800
  • English Staffies for $ 2700
  • rottweilers for $ 2300
  • and kelpies for $ 1,500.

The NSW government created the Puppy Factory Taskforce last October, with more funding for the RSPCA to crack down on illegal puppy mills. [also known as puppy farms]. The RSPCA raided numerous puppy factories.

“On our side, we are seeing fewer problems with puppies,” said Cornwell, the former Liberal MP for Charlestown.

But he said rising puppy prices “are having a ripple effect.”

“This might make it attractive for some of the less scrupulous operators to try and get involved again. This is something the RSPCA will need to watch closely.”

Hunter breeders say the price of puppies is linked to supply and demand. They say the cost of raising the puppies and the time and effort involved are also factors.

Some are not looking for profit, they are just breaking even. Designer dogs, however, can go for hefty prices because they are fashionable.

French Bulldog breeder Rhianna Gresham, of Salt Ash, said some breeders have not changed their prices.

“They don’t sell anything for less than a certain price anyway,” Ms. Gresham said.

“My prices depend on factors such as the cost of producing the litter, how many I have in a litter, and how long it takes.”

Puppy breeding costs include special food, vet bills, vaccination, deworming, bedding, creating a safe and comfortable environment, puppy towels for grooming, DNA testing, and the cost of protrusion.

Sometimes vets are needed to deliver puppies by Caesarean section. Some breeds, like French Bulldogs, may require artificial insemination because they do not mate easily.

Cute: a litter of puppies at Alaula Tenterfield Terriers on the Central Coast.

Cute: a litter of puppies at Alaula Tenterfield Terriers on the Central Coast.

Ms Gresham imports semen from the United States, Ireland and England, costing “a lot of money”.

While many breeders care deeply about puppies, others do not put their time, effort, and money into them.

Ms Gresham said it was important for buyers to research breeders.

“There are people who sell puppies at low prices, but cheap is not always better. They can have health problems. They are the ones who do not breed quality dogs. They are the ones who do. hurt the market. “

Some see puppies as a lucrative business.

“They’re looking for money quickly, without realizing what is really involved in producing a litter,” Ms. Gresham said.

Crooks are a problem. “If you can’t face a breeder and see this puppy, you shouldn’t hand over the money.” Ms Gresham said.

Pete Clarke, from Alaula Tenterfield Terriers on the Central Coast, said scammers “got more sophisticated by using legitimate BINs [breeder identification numbers] and smart codes “.

Reputable breeders breed dogs to ensure good health, temperament and quality.

“The point of being a registered breeder is that you have clean, traceable lines,” said Mr. Clarke, who is a registered NSW Dogs breeder.

“We are working to eradicate genetic diseases. This means that we have known the health history of the dogs we breed, for a long time.”

Good breeders stay in close contact with buyers, sending them videos, photos, and important puppy breeding information.

When puppies are delivered or picked up, good breeders provide puppy packs with information on healthy eating, vaccinations, deworming, flea and tick treatments, and dental care. They often donate food samples.

They will provide the blanket that the puppy used to help him settle into his “forever home”. They ensure the health of the puppies and offer help discussing any growth or behavioral issues as the puppy develops, with advice on strength training and positive reward training.

Puppies for sale: Hunter breeders say the price of puppies is linked to supply and demand and the costs of breeding.  Photo: Morgan Hancock

Puppies for sale: Hunter breeders say the price of puppies is linked to supply and demand and the costs of breeding. Photo: Morgan Hancock

Registered breeders have serious concerns about unregistered breeders, also known as “backyard breeders”.

Mr Cornwell said puppies these days can be “very easily traced back to the breeder with the microchip system”.

But he said the NSW government “cannot control the animals coming from the highway”. “If someone is breeding in another state, which doesn’t have quite the same breeding standards as we do in NSW, there is nothing we can do about it.”

Mr Cornwell said the breeders were generally “very well intentioned”, doing it out of love, not money.

“But it only takes a few bad apples to create problems.”

Dogs NSW, the leading organization for purebred dogs and responsible breeding, recommends researching breed temperaments and talking to NSW Dogs Breed Clubs before purchasing a puppy.

Dogs NSW media representative Brian Crump said that “the benefit of buying from one of our breeders is that you are buying a known product.”

“You know it will meet a certain standard in terms of height, temperament and health tests,” he said.

“When you buy from a non-NSW Dogs registered breeder, you don’t always know what you are buying. And the prices can be extremely high.”

Mr Crump said puppies from NSW Dog breeders were cheaper than those sold elsewhere.

“You get value and a code of ethics,” he said.

This Barking mad puppy price story: A story of COVID and designer dogs first appeared on The Maitland Mercury.

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