Ive seen web sites with Cocker puppies for sale for only $500. Why do some breeders get in excess of $1000 for theirs?!?!
Do you want an inexpensive puppy… or a healthy, well bred, and well socialized puppy? Good Cocker breeders incur some significant expenses on the road to breeding healthy puppies. For example, all the costs associated with doing the OFA and CERF testing to lower the chances that the puppies will grow up to have hip or eye diseases. You might be thinking “those tests aren’t that expensive!”… but what you aren’t thinking about is all the expenses involved in removing a dog from a breeding program if he or she fails those tests. As an example… In 2008, we spent about $4000 in veterinary expenses on Reese after she failed a CERF test. Now in 2010, another dog from completely different lines has failed a CERF test. There are hugely expensive consequences to doing the testing, if someone fails the tests! Which is one reason that a lot of breeders don’t ever do the tests… they don’t want to know! • I see that you live in Grover Beach. Where in the heck in California is THAT?!?! On the