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How Much Does A Sheltie Cost?

› Yankee Sheltie Cost

That answer depends on where you get your sheltie and what that breeder's focus and interest is. 

There are many costs to producing a Yankee Sheltie. When you look at these items, you can understand why these expenditures are not for the faint of heart, or for the occasional breeder looking to just have a few litters out of their bitch.

Yankee Sheltie Cost:

  • Purchase bitch for breeding $1500   
  • Purchase stud for breeding $1500
  • Registration and microchip $115
  • PennHip X-rays $1080
  • Thyroid test every 2 years $966
  • DNA tests $610
  • Eye exam every year $644
  • Wellness exams / rabies vaccine at vet $350
  • Litter 6 week vet check x 7 years $1050
  • Food/ general care $7/day for 7 years $35,770 **
  • Total for 7 years care $43,585 
  •  @ 4 pups/litter, 1 litter/year for 6 litters per bitch’s life = 24 pups            
  • Cost per pup  $1,816

If you want to remove purchase cost of the bitch and dog when using dogs bred here the figure drops to $1691. If I can avoid DNA tests for dogs whose parents have been tested here, I can drop my cost to $1665. If I can produce litters of 5 puppies the cost is $1452.

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** "...$7 figure we used as the cost per day to care for each dog... We based this figure on 30 minutes of labor and $1-$3 worth of food, cleaning materials, and water. We consider it to be a reasonable cost figure." (USDA Final Rule on daily cost to house dogs in a shelter). Somehow I doubt a shelter feeds a raw food diet, bath, groom regularly or do other optional things for the dogs in their care.

Generally, a dog and bitch are bought and raised until about 1 ½ years old to 2 years old before being used for breeding. Average is 1 litter per year consisting of 4 pups until about 7-8 years of age average for a total of 6 litters in a bitch’s lifetime. 

That means that one can anticipate a total of 24 pups. These figures are for raising and testing a male and female for those 7 years.

It assumes incredibly healthy dogs that require only minimal veterinary intervention.

It doesn’t include

  • medications,
  • accessories like grooming needs,
  • toys,
  • supplements,
  • dog shows costs,
  • kennels, and
  • renovations to living environment.

This cost of a sheltie also doesn’t take into account the dogs and bitches grown out, tested and found to be unqualified to use for breeding and sold at a loss as a companion quality dog, etc. etc.

It also doesn’t provide any profit from these efforts.

I bring this up, so as a consumer you can decide if this is a valuable enough process to you. You can decide if you are willing to pay for these measures taken before a pup is even conceived. 

Click here to read an article about an owner of a golden retriever bought from a reputable breeder for his perspective.

In addition, I believe it is time for the myth that responsible breeders shouldn't make a profit, be put to rest. Everyone in the world makes a profit on the products they produce. We should be no different.

If the price of a good, healthy, beautiful dog is too high for the general consumer then simple lack of demand will show that I should stop breeding companion shelties.  

As always, I try to be as transparent as possible in my activities because I think it is imperative that any prospective buyer has a right to make an informed consent.

Your decision as a consumer will help me to decide if I should continue with my activities.

Price of a Companion Yankee Sheltie Puppy

$1600.00

This includes as always a full purchase price refund at any time during the dogs life if you do not wish to keep him for any reason.

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Funds will go towards website expenses, researching new products to see if they are worth recommending and trying new natural alternatives to canine health care.

To be clear, Yankee Shelties is NOT a non-profit organization, therefore your donation is NOT tax deductible. The IRS needs to extract it's pound of flesh from all of us. 

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