Pedigree pups fetch hefty price

The Sunday Tasmanian, 21 June 2012,

PURE BREAD: French bulldog breeder Heather Morrison, of Kingston.

BREEDING dogs is becoming big business in Tasmania.

Pedigree pooches come with hefty price tags and many breeders are using frozen sperm from international champion show dogs.

Others fly female dogs interstate for breeding.

Pups sell for upwards of $1000 each, with more unusual breeds fetching between $3000 and $5000.

Heather Morrison, of Kaparla Kennels at Kingston, has been breeding golden retrievers for more than 40 years.

She recently started breeding french bulldogs with the puppies selling for between $3000 and $5000.

Ms Morrison, who is also a dog show judge, said the puppies had large heads and had to be delivered by caesarean.

Puppies from the most recent litter of golden retrievers at Kaparla Kennels were bred using frozen sperm from a Swedish champion and will sell for about $1500 each.

Irish setter breeder Edyth Langham-Goodwin sends her prize-winning female to the mainland for mating with interstate champions.

She’s been breeding and showing the dogs for almost 50 years and her pups sell for upwards of $1000.

Ms Langham-Goodwin said it was expensive to breed pedigree dogs, with stud fees, flights and the cost of caring for litters.

Tammy Clark, of Kabanae Kennels at Westbury, has been breeding Siberian huskies for almost 20 years.

She owns 10 of the breed, which range in age from seven months to 10 years. The pups sell for about $1300 each.

Other Tasmanian breeders have old english sheepdogs that sell for between $1500 and $1800 each, weimaraners for about $1500 and tibetan terriers that can fetch up to $1400 a pup.

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3 responses to “Pedigree pups fetch hefty price

  1. companionanimalnews

    I posted this in readers comments: I have no problem with ethical breeders who do the best for their animals, but the situation today is that breeding supply far outstrips demand and for this reason between 200 and 250,ooo cats and dogs are killed each year in our pounds and shelters. It’s a disgrace. Breeders always claim that “its not our pups that end up in pounds”. That is as maybe, but it demonstrates a lack of understanding of supply and demand. Its about time breeders took responsibility for their “industry” and if they want to be left alone, weed out the backyardbreeders of which there are thousands, and puppy farmers. Until that happens, people should get their pets from a pound or shelter or rescue group. Whilst breeders like this one are getting $1000 a pup, thousands of volunteer rescue groups are tearing their hair and their hearts out trying to desperately save a few dogs a week from the injection. The message is “get your pet from a pound or shelter”. We have, and they are fantastic members of our family

  2. sharon chamberlain

    Shame shame shame any breed that has to be artificially mated or born by cesarian section because of the shape that breeders have developed is an insult to nature and should be stopped. These dogs are also so brachycephalic (short nosed) that they are intolerant to the heat and an increased risk for anaesthesia, they genuinely suffer, please people do not encourage this cruelty for profit. Sharon Chamberlain Veterinary Nurse.

  3. companionanimalnews

    letter to editor sent:
    3 separate articles posted on Sunday June 24 demonstrate clearly the massive contradictions in the companion pet supply chain. On the one hand we have breeders gloating over their ability to sell pups at over $1000 a piece (“pedigree pups fetch heft price”), and on the other we have Macquarie Animal Hospital (‘desexing deal offered”) and another excellent piece by your Anne Boxall (“fur friends get family planning”) making the case for more desexing to reduce the number of unwanted animals in the community. Australia kills around 250,000 cats and dogs each year in pounds and shelters; the pet supply chain is totally out of balance with breeders of all description pumping animals as fast as they can into the market. None of the breeders want to accept any responsibility or accountability for the imbalance. They all claim : “it’s not my dogs that end up in the pounds”. Until breeders take responsibility and accept that they are the front end of the supply chain, we will always continue the massacre in pounds. The bottom line is, if you want a pet, help out by giving a home to one of the many needy animals from one of the animal charity shelters.

    Paul Archer, Deathrowpets

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