how much did u pay for ur pup? at what age ?
thats a valid excuse..I think that some folks, myself included, don't say what they paid out of respect for their breeder. I'm not sure my breeder would appreciate me telling what I paid for Poppy. ??
And, with the economy the way it is, some breeders might be selling for less today than they would have 2 years ago. I guess like everything, it's all based on supply and demand.
And if I could add.....Liza, from what I've seen, getting a pup from a high quality breeder is sort of like the housing market. Someone might pay $1200 - $1700 back in Kentucky (where I'm from), whereas someone might pay $2000 - $2500 out here in Southern California.
And this isn't just for Maltese, but for any pure bred dogs from a high quality breeder. I know I have Golden Retriever friends back east that paid $1500 for their pup, and friends out here that paid $2500 - $3000 for their pup.
Same!! I had actually payed about $1200 all together for my Imani. My mother didn't want to pay that much more because in the 3 months we had Imani, we had payed about $2000 worth of vet bills. We were going to get a pup from Bonnie at first, but we saw miss Gigi and knew she was perfect for me!I had a discussion with my mom about this not too long ago.
My mom paid $800 (I think?) for Roxy, but she was from a BYB. Before Roxy passed, she was not for paying a lot for a puppy, but now she is willing to pay up to $4,000 from a reputable breeder only (although, she would love to pay less than that, LOL).