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.