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Old 18-05-2010, 05:00 PM
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Re: The cost of breeding?

I have a litter (4) of 6 weeks 3 day old Border Collie puppies. These are the costs I have entailed so far.

Health tests for bitch including travel (hip score, DNA test TNS, CEA, CL, eye test PRA, glaucoma) £500
stud fee inc travel to and from stud dog a few times £470
kennel name (affix) £70
relaxin blood test £20
scan free (I work at a vet)
wormer for mum (from day 40 - 2 days post whelp) and pups (2, 5 & 8 weeks) £80
puppy pen £25
Welping box free (made by the factory manager where my mum works)
Bits and bobs (thermometer, bottle, scissors, stethoscope, disinfectant, gloves, welpi, dopram-v) £85
Extra food for bitch and puppy food £55
TNS test puppies (because my bitch is a carrier, used clear stud dog) £250
BAER hearing test for puppies inc travel £150
eye test for puppies £60
KC reg £50

I am selling 3 of the pups total £1300 and keeping 1 (in essence costing me £515, more than I'm selling 1 of the other pups for).

I had found out that an emergency c-section was anything between £1200 - £2000 depending on the time of day (regular vet - emergency out of hours vet), luckily the birth went well.

I'll add to this if I think of anything I've forgotten or any other expense I have over the next week and a half before they go to their new homes.

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Old 18-05-2010, 05:29 PM
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Re: The cost of breeding?

posted my answer on the other thread

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Old 18-05-2010, 06:05 PM
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Re: The cost of breeding?

i think if your breeding properly then yes it can cost a fortune, and you wont always get all of your money back, but it the pleasure of creating perfect heathy pups that is priceless. i cant wait for all of the stress and pleasure.
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Old 18-05-2010, 06:20 PM
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Re: The cost of breeding?

Oh Blimey - where to start?

Hip and elbow scoring - £300 (but costs can run up as high as £600 including BVA Fees dependent on vet) - I also do a 180 mile round trip for the vet I use
Annual eye tests - £50 per dog
DNA Testing for PRA - £120
DNA Testing for CNM - £50
Pre-mates incl blood tests - £200
Last Stud Fee - £450 - (including 2 x 300 mile round trips to use the dog)
Scan to confirm pregnancy - £70
Whelping Box - £200
Puppy runs - £100
Around £800 to £1000 on food (incl Lactol and fresh foods to supplement puppy food)
Worming - £80
KC registration - £12 per pup
Microchipping per pup - £20
Odds and ends - £50


That's basic costs on an average litter of 8 of £2,600

That's a general list if things go smoothly - and doesn't take into consideration the possibility of an out of hours C-section or buying / breeding the bitch in the first place.


It also doesn't take into consideration 24/7 Heating if in the depths of winter (or 24/7 cooling in the height of summer)
24/7 washing machine and tumble dryer for 8 weeks

My bill for my first winter litter was £700 more than normal for the quarter


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My last litter all ended up with KC and had to stay an extra week - and it cost me around £300 to £400 in vets bills I also had to pay for vet intervention during whelping - but no C-section - another £120 or so.

All in all, I forked out around £3,500 all told and got £2,750 in Puppy sales and I kept one puppy (as I wouldn't be breeding otherwise)

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As somone above mentioned, ultimately, your hope is that the bitch, and puppies come through safely - I still struggle with nurturing a non-thriving pup only to have it die in your arms

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Re: The cost of breeding?

swarthy you given all info about this topic.. thanks
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Re: The cost of breeding?

here was my breakdown.

Cost of breeding my litter,

Willows health checks, hips xrays and sending to be examined approx £100.00.
“general anesthesia £50.00. “
Eyes tested…..4x25 = £100.00.
Stud fee £800.00. So before even breeding costs are already………………………………………..1,050.00.
After mating.
Scan £40.00.
Litter box made for me wood materials and labour £100.00.
Heatlamp£30.00.
Vetcheck £30.00.
Suppliments £30.00.
CalD £40.00.
Puppy formula for Willow few tubs @ £22 =£66.00.
Puppies now born. X6.
Vet check£30.00
Vaccinations (total course) £42 each £252.00 and worming for 6 = £300. inc vacc.
Microbotic for when ps got bad runs, include vet check £62.00.
K.c. registrations x 6 approx…….£90.00.
Personalised pedigrees printed on cheap by friends they also got 5 gen KC peds….£30.00.
Food for Willow and pups willow fed them til they were 6 weeks………………………..
I kept them til they were 12 weeks old £60.00.
Vet bed bought full roll so there was some for each pup to take home £180.00.
Toys and sundries easily £100.00.

Puppy packs including 1 months supply of frozen meat/toys/bedding
Printed history of their lines including photographs/training books/leads
Collar/bowls all good quality. supply of worming tablets/supplements/
Etc and much more lets say £75 each max = £450.00.
Total out going £2,688.00.

Sold 4 puppies kept 2 puppies sold at 850 each so 4 x £850 =…………………..£3,400.00.
Total income at this point £712.00.
Less refunds to each puppy on neutering and speying as per my contract.
And on production of proof from vet (all done now) 4 x 100 £400.00. bal left over at this point £312.00.
less gift vouchers towards training school 4x£20 £80.00.
Bal at this point £232.00.
so from breeding this litter, and after sleeping downstairs with mum and pups for 12 weeks my “income” was £27.84 per week, that’s not taking out for many sundries that I have not included. Or the expense showing my bitch on a regular basis, petrol expenses getting to the shows, etc.



2nd litter.
X rays already done and hip so remove that from costs.
further eye tests so up to date by the time of breeding £30.00

Stud fee £800.00.
Scans x 3 due to complications £120.00.
Vet checks approx 5 = £150.00.
Suppliments same as above £30.00.
Cal D £40.00.
Puppy formula for Willow and pups £40.00.
Special food for willow x 2 = £80.00.
Emergency C section during night kept over night and the next day £1,200.00
Pups arrived lost 3. 4 living.
Litter box previous one got damaged £100.00.
Discovery play pen, will be used as garden fence at later date £500.00.
Vaccination (total course) x4and worming =£220.00.
KC registrations x 4 =£60.00.
Vet bed again bought full roll so pups could take a few pieces £180.00.
Toys and sundries easily £100.00.
Pups stayed with me til 12 weeks old so food for them and willow £60.00
Puppy packs including 1 months supply of frozen meat/toys/bedding.
Printed history of their lines including photographs/training books/leads.
Collar/bowls all good quality. supply of worming tablets/supplements/.
Etc and much more lets say £75max each =£225.00
Money set aside for contributing to spay/neuter 3x £50.00. =£150.00.

total paid out £4,085.00

Sold 3 pups kept one 3 x £850 =(2,550.00).
Loss on breeding this litter and near death of my girl (£1,535.00).
so from breeding this litter, and after sleeping downstairs with mum and pups for 12 weeks my “income” was a LOSS OF £127.91 per week, that’s not including for many sundries that I have not put on the list. Or the expense showing my bitch on a regular basis, petrol expenses getting to the shows, etc. I class myself as an ethical breeder.

Mo

sorry its all a bit out of line

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Old 08-12-2010, 09:02 AM
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Re: The cost of breeding?

It just go to show if you do it all right you end up with a loss, and if your lucky you brake even.... i breed for the love of it... too keep a pup and to better the breed
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Old 08-12-2010, 11:57 PM
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Re: The cost of breeding?

For my pug litters:

Stud fee: Anywhere between £600 and £1200
Health testing: Spine/heart/eyes approx £250
Whelping box/Kit: Approx £150 (most of it is reusable with the next litter)
Scans: £30
Worming: Approx £20
Feeding pups and mum through pregnancy and raising the litter: approx £100
Registering the pups: £12 per pup


And i've probably missed some stuff but thats all i can think of right now. The only thing that changes for the labs is the different stud fee and health test requirements.
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Old 09-12-2010, 04:57 AM
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Re: The cost of breeding?

...as well as all of the above there's the cost of importing new bloodlines or taking your bitch abroad to be mated ( as many of us do in my breed ) importing my last bitch cost well over £3000 and taking a bitch to Italy to be mated cost over £1800 once I'd factored in the stud fees, hotel costs and petrol - ( plus we had no resulting pups as the bitch reabsorbed ! )

Breeding properly is not cheap and what little profit you do make gets swallowed up with the costs of keeping the dogs.
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Re: The cost of breeding?

A feckin lot!
Have at LEAST £1000 put by beofre you even contemplate.

Costs will soar if you decide to use AI or travel abroad to a stud which alot of people do. Pet Passports, fuel, tme off work. . . the list is endless

Why do we do it again?
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