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Question by kgingrich
Submitted on 3/17/2004
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I'm also wondering why Cavaliers are so highly priced these days?  I can fully understand why a dog with championship lines might be $1500 or $2000.  But I've seen pet quality dogs advertised for $2000 and I think that is excessive.  I love the breed and would like to adopt a second dog soon and want a healthy pet but I think $2000 is way too much, does anyone else feel the same?


Answer by Brenda
Submitted on 4/13/2004
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I totally agree! I paid $1300 for my first one a year and a half ago and that was with no papers and a spay agreement. And I paid $1000 for my second (both females)and she came with papers. But there are people selling them for $600-$800 if you look in the right place. People (like me) pay it that is why they can continue to charge these prices. I can't say I regret it they are both so wonderful but I do think they are over priced

 

Answer by brushalot
Submitted on 6/24/2004
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Well, here's the scoop.  If you get your dog from a good breeder, the parents have been X-rayed for hip displasia and taken to specialists  for their eyes and hearts.  They've paid stud fees and vet bills for the breeding,  Very often they've spent a fortune obtaining a championship for their dog.  Good breeders never get their money back.  Be very careful of "expensive" bargains.  You may easily end up with a very sick dog that you have fallen in love with and endless Vet fees. (I am not a breeder by the way).   I know that in the long run you will spend far more on your dog just for food, vet bills, and and beds, toys and collars than  $1000.00.  If you look carefully, most breeds from good stock are going for at least as much.  Cavaliers have only been returned to us in the last 50 years or so.  We need to be grateful and protect them from irresponsible breeding.  They are a bargain if you ask me. What kind of price do you put on that kind of devotion?  

 

Answer by leslie
Submitted on 12/5/2004
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Many unworthy breeders will advertise "great bargains" on their websites. Christmas specials, New Years Price reduction, etc. are all signs of quick money for them. As brushalot said, reputable breeders don't make moeny from breeding dogs. They are lucky if they break even. But they enjoy their breed and want to only improve it, which is why they do it.

 

Answer by leslie
Submitted on 12/5/2004
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Many unworthy breeders will advertise "great bargains" on their websites. Christmas specials, New Years Price reduction, etc. are all signs of quick money for them. As brushalot said, reputable breeders don't make money from breeding dogs. They are lucky if they break even. But they enjoy their breed and want to only improve it, which is why they do it.

 

Answer by Miss Cathy
Submitted on 12/22/2004
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I couldnít agree more with "Brushalot". We searched for a reputable breeder and found one who followed the CKSC Club breeding guidelines and would guarantee the health of the puppy and then we waited nearly a year for a puppy from her. We are now the doting parents of a ruby female and we paid well over $2,000 for her. This might seem like a fortune, but she has had her heart and eyes certified by both a veterinary cardiologist and ophthalmologist, and her parents are also certified healthy. By the way, virtually every reputable breeder we contacted charged roughly the same amount for a puppy with health certificates.

We know of two other people in our area who also wanted a ruby pup but were not willing to wait nor were they willing to pay the fee we paid. Both are now the sad owners of ruby pups that they got from a local breeder and paid only $1,000 for, and both dogs now have serious problems. One of them was actually working with the same breeder (coincidentally) that we were and decided that she didnít want to wait and didnít want to spend so much on a dog. I feel badly for her because her puppy is the sicker of the two and I heard that he wonít make his second birthday. Iíd rather pay more and know my dog is healthy than have to go through what that poor woman has to deal with, watching her puppy suffer.

 

Answer by Hailey Wheeler
Submitted on 2/7/2006
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As I understand Cavaliers are priced so highly because of their wonderful reaction to children and other dogs.But if you're not careful you could end up with a dog with a horrible temper.
    I got my cavalier from Shelly in Princeton MN.We are extremely happy with our dog.I would recamend her in a heart beat.

 

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