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I've been talking to a breeder who is selling her pedigree shihtzu puppies for £850. The reasoning is that they don't go until twelve weeks so there is the extra costs and all vaccinations.

It just seems a lot to me. Anyone got any advice?
 

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Is £850 in line with other puppies of the breed? I know nothing about the breed myself but if that's a lot more than other pups sell for then I would definitely want to know why. Are there health tests that are recommended for shihtzus? And if so, are/have they been done on the parents? Is it common for puppies of this breed to stay with the breeder so long?

Sorry, no help at all really am I? :eek: Probably should have let someone else who knows about shihtzus answer!
 

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It's slightly less that a well bred puppy in my breed; I think you need to look at the prices of well bred Shih Tzus, how good the breeder is in terms of socialisation if they go at 12 weeks, health testing (if the breed requires any), environment the pups are brought up in, general attitude and ethics of the breeder and make your mind up from there. Finding a good breeder who is genuinely interested in the pup they sell you for the lifetime of that dog and be there to offer advice is well worth paying good money for!
 
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Its about right if the puppy has health checked parents who are good examples of the breed and have papers etc. Good breeders tend to spend more than that and are in in for the love of the breed. Shih Tzu`s can have heath issues so I believe it is important to go to a good breeder :)
 
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You really need to take an over view of the breed ( good breeders obviously) have you contacted the breed club? They are usually a good source of information about all things including reputable breeders etc.
 

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I think thats the top end for Shih Tz as far as prices go (at least here in the south east). I would expect that to be a breeder with very high quality pups though.
 

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Mine was £850, it's not too much as long as things were done right. Ie vacs, microchips, kc papers, heath tests etc. If there isn't that then yes it's too much and I'd rather get a rescue. I have one rescue and one that was for showing.
 

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Sometimes as the old saying goes you gets what you pays for. If the dogs come from really healthy lines that are also known for good temperaments, have all the relevant health tests prior to breeding, are reared and raised as they should be then its not as expensive as it may seem. Check the breeder out to make sure shes a good one and does all they should, compare it to breeders and pups who are the same and as long as the prices are in line or around the same there is you answer.

Better to spend a bit more on a pup initially and get a good one, then to find a cheaper pup that isnt and spend a fortune after plus the heartbreak if they are poorly and have behaviour problems. Money and cost isnt the main criteria by far when you are getting a pup if your going that route, at the end of the day your looking for a family member who will hopefully be with you for many years to come.
 

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As everyone else says - it really depends on the breed and what you get for your money. We knew which breeder we were getting our pup from 2 years ago and strangely I didn't discuss money with her until the night before we drove to get him. We only spoke about it then because we just needed to check that there was enough in the fund or whether we needed to do a quick transfer before we left home. I know a couple of other people who had already had pups from them in the past and how much they paid so I had a fairly good idea. I was prepared to pay whatever he cost because I had no doubt that I was buying from the right breeder.
I had been watching Champdogs puppy pages for my breed to see what was happening price wise and I have been a bit shocked. There have been GSP pups advertised regularly for quite a lot more than I paid for mine. Some from very good and responsible breeders but some were bred from dogs that are not health tested to the level that the parents of my pups were. That haven't been microchipped, dew clawed, etc etc which mine is, and they are first time breeders using unknown dogs (i.e they have not been shown or worked) obviously this is not necessarily bad in itself because the pups could be fabulous. My breeder invests a lot of money (and every spare minute of her time) in proving her dogs are all at the top of their game both in being fit for purpose and in being an outstanding example of their breed and only breeds to improve her line and the breed in general. When I have looked around to see what is going on and how much pups can cost and the difference in price in just one breed then I consider Mylo was the bargain of the century.
 

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That is the high end for one, id expect a top pedigree and great health test results for that price tbh.

Malamutes start from £800 and Klee Kais anywhere from £1000-2500 depending on who from etc, even more if you import
 

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Sounds on the pricey side to me. 2 1/2 years ago pixie was £550. KC registered and first jab. Took her home at 8 weeks with papers. Breeder was KC accredited. She is also a fairly desirable colour (gold with black mask).
 

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I don't know anything about the breed so couldn't comment on the price however I would say that before you by you should be doing a lot of research on the breed, really you should know the breed inside and out. I would also look at multiple breeders so that you know what the full range of price and quality is, don’t just go for the first breeder that comes along
 

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I think pups should always go at 8 weeks so they get to socialise with the new owner when they're at their imprinting stage, 12 weeks is too old. Bonnie a show goldie with good pedigree was £450 10 years ago.
 

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I think pups should always go at 8 weeks so they get to socialise with the new owner when they're at their imprinting stage, 12 weeks is too old. Bonnie a show goldie with good pedigree was £450 10 years ago.
Not always so in toy breeds. Ive had pups leave as late as 16 weeks that have left fully vaccd.....socialised......toilet trained.......no problems at all. If the breeding is good and the breeder fulfils her obligations as far as socialising and training.....there shouldnt be any problems.
 

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12 weeks is the age some breeders let shihtzus go because they take longer to develop. I looked it up and the reasons behind it make good caring sense.

Tbh I've just been looking on pets4homes mostly so the puppies are a lot cheaper. Of course you can't guarantee the quality that way. From what I know she is an assured breeder and member of shihtzu society. The sire is from a line of good quality show dogs. All vaccinations are done. I'm waiting on answers to other questions (microchip and socialisation etc).

From what I've seen £700-£750 is what most breeders would charge. Based on what everyone has said it seems fair :) xx
 
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