PUPPY PRICES RANGE FROM ONE EXTREME TO THE OTHER!
It is easy to get caught up in the moment when looking at adorable puppy pictures online, but practicing due diligence will prevent common purchasing mistakes, heartache and scams.
- You want to be certain you are dealing with a reputable, experienced breeder and not some crafty scammer out to steal your money while breaking your heart.
- You want your breeder to provide you with a written contract and solid health guarantee and to provide you with lifetime breeder support if you ever have feeding, training or health questions.
- You want an adorable, smart, healthy puppy with a nice temperament.
- You don't want to go broke or go into debt to purchase your puppy.
Now, since we are being honest... Most prospective Buyers would have to rearrange this list, to put #3 and #4 at the top. More hones... the majority of Buyers have not even really considered the first two items on the list.
With over 60 years combined experience, we can tell you with certainty that online shopping has created a crazy mess for both Buyers as well as Breeders. Most Buyers are used to shopping online, so are quick to "Buy Now" - but reputable breeders do not operate this way as they care about finding the right match for each puppy. If you can click a button to "pay" for an online puppy, changes are you are dealing with a scam or puppy-mill.
Let's talk about pricing and hit on other topics later.
FAIR MARKET VALUE
We all want the best "deal", but we also understand that in many cases, we "get what we pay for", simply meaning that cheap knock-off product may not be the great value we were promised.
As with any market, the more money it costs to develop or produce a products directly affects the price a consumer pays for that product. When that product is also exceptional, unique or highly sought-after, the price-tag is even higher. While puppies are not "products", the concept is the same.
Reputable breeders typically invest tens of thousands of dollars into their breeding programs for their foundation animals, housing, veterinary care, nutrition, health-testing, DNA verification, business attorney fees and more - before they produce their first litter. They then have considerable ongoing costs to ensure their animals stay healthy and produce sound offspring; they stay up-to-date on the best modern technology can offer and spare no expense to ensure their customers take are blessed with long-lived, healthy family companions.
DETERMINING PRICE POINT FOR QUALITY PUPPIES
To establish an average price estimate for this rare breed, price-lists from reputable breeders across the nation were analyzed and it was determined well-bred companion puppies of this breed range between $3000 - $6500.
Online sources such as Facebook, Instagram, Craigslist and Puppy Advertising sites such as Lancaster or Greenfield will frequently advertise Arctic Spitz or Pomsky puppies for under this - sometimes significantly so... Unfortunately, nearly all such "sales" end up being either poorly-bred, sickly puppy-mill pups or, more frequently, out-and-out scams. There are dozens of scammer websites which have cropped up, show-casing photos and videos stolen from legitimate breeders. Take your time to get to know your breeder!!
HOW WE DETERMINE PRICING
The prices for our puppies will always be listed near the puppies' descriptions, and reflects "companion pricing". Pricing is determined with consideration given to various aspects, such as: Sire X Dam combination, quality, generation (F1, F2, F3, multi-generation, etc), sizing (Micro, Miniature, Standard), coat type, etc.
In this business, Breeders frequently place heavy emphasis on cosmetics and less focus on health, temperament and structure. A particular eye or coat color does not make a puppy "premium quality"; color cannot be used to determine quality. Eye or coat color may be popular or legitimately "rare" and priced accordingly - but these things are cosmetic only. - and Buyers need to take the time and effort to understand the differences.
Structure, health and temperament as well as meeting the breed standard all determine whether an animal is "pet", "sport/breeding" or "show" quality.