What's going on with dog/puppy prices?
For instance, back in 1997 we bought a pure-bread Chihuahua puppy for $400, and in 2010 we bought a Miniature Schnauzer/Yorkie Mix "Schnorkie" puppy (was considered a designer breed at the time) for $600.... and she came microchipped, with a crate, bag of food, a toy and shots from the breeder.
Looking around online nowadays and it seems the going rate for most dogs is no less than $2,000.... going upwards to $6,000..... WAT?! I also heard through a friend of that a breeder of Labrador Retrievers that flunked out of "puppy school" for personal assistant dogs, going for $24,000. GTFOH!
Even mangie-looking rescue dogs from Mexico (Dibs Rescue, in particular) are going for $750. Meanwhile, my friend in San Diego bought an Alaskan Malamute (Husky) puppy from the local shelter for $5.... FIVE DOLLARS!
What am I missing here.... are these just asking prices and there is an expectation to negotiate with the seller/breeder to a much lower price? My last two dogs, the asking price was the sale price, as they seemed completely reasonable, I wouldn't have thought to offer a lower price.
I'm currently looking at breeds like: Mini Aussie Shepherd, Vizsla, Weimeriner (sp?), Staff Shepherd and the prices are astronomical. I cam across another Schnorkie breeder in Barrie and they were asking $1,600?!
Are people really paying these prices for dogs? I don't think this has anything to do with the COVID pandemic, because I've been noticing these prices last year as well.