You may be asking yourself why our prices for puppies are much more affordable than so many other breeders and pet stores. The answer is simple: We are not in this for the money, and we did not quit our jobs because we found out we could make a whole lot of money by breeding dogs. No, we do this because we are passionate about Golden Retrievers and we love to bring joy and excitement into people's homes who adopt a puppy into their family. No family or individual should be without a Golden Retriever. They are hands down the best family pet to own and that is the overwhelming consensus from many sources. Many breeders have recently jumped their prices upwards to as much as $3000 to $5000 for a Golden Retriever puppy. Why? Because the pandemic has caused the demand for puppies to be very high and many breeders see this as an opportunity to price gouge the public. But those breeders are not in the breeding business as a passion. They are in it purely for the money. Pet stores are not much different. They will buy a whole litter of maybe 7 or 8 puppies from a breeder for maybe $5000 to $6000 and turn around and sell the puppies for $4000 each. And people will pay that price just to be able to walk in the store and walk out with a puppy that very same day.
Throughout our website, you may have noticed the price of our puppies shows a range. When a puppy litter is born, the price is then fixed when we know how many pups we have available for our customers. We do this because our puppy prices are based on what it costs us to care for our adult Goldens (i.e., Vets bills, food, kennel facilities, treatments, supplements, grooming, utilities, etc), and our expenses to breed our Goldens and raise the puppies for the first nine weeks (i.e., Vet bills, food, nursery facilities, vaccinations, de-wormings, utilities, etc.). In short, our expenses remain pretty much the same whether we have four puppies in a given litter or ten puppies. Therefore, when we have small litters, the price of each puppy is towards the top of the range, and with larger litters, the price is towards the bottom of the range.
Over the years, we noticed when we had a litter with a very small number of one gender (say, 1 or 2 males) and a larger number of the other gender (5 or 6 females), the males would be purchased within a day or two and the females would take a much longer time to sell (or vice-versa). But many people would actually be just as happy with either gender, whereas some people are really depending on and needing a particular gender for various reasons. Because of this, we have set the cost higher for a puppy when there are only a few of that gender in a litter. This is beneficial to some because those with no real gender preference can benefit from the lower price of the puppy gender with plenty available and those with a gender specific need may need to pay more if there ends up being only a few of that gender in the litter.
Based on these factors, our 2020 – 2021 puppy prices have a base price of $1400 with a maximum price of $1800. The following guidelines give our customers an idea of how the puppy pricing is established for each litter after the pups are born once we know the total number of males and females:
The puppy base price is $1400 and the following adjustments apply:
If the total number of pups is 10 or more, $0 is added to the cost of each pup;
If the total number of pups is 9 or less, $100 is added to the cost of each pup;
If the total number of pups is 7 or less, $200 is added to the cost of each pup;
If the total number of pups is 5 or less, $400 is added to the cost of each pup.
In addition to the above price adjustments, the following also apply:
If the number of pups of either gender is 4 or more, $0 is added to the cost of that gender;
If the number of pups of either gender is 3, $200 is added to the cost of that gender;
If the number of pups of either gender is 2, $300 is added to the cost of that gender;
If the number of pups of either gender is 1, $400 is added to the cost of that gender;
Here are some examples of how the above price adjustments would work out:
- A litter of 10 pups is born, 6 males and 4 females, the price of all pups is $1400.
- A litter of 8 pups is born, 4 males and 4 females, the price of all pups is $1500.
- A litter of 8 pups is born, 5 males and 3 females, males $1500, females $1700.
- A litter of 7 pups is born, 5 males and 2 females, males $1600, females $1800.
- A litter of 6 pups is born, 1 male and 5 females, male $1800, females $1600.
- A litter of 5 pups is born, 2 males and 3 females, the price of all pups is $1800.
- A litter of 5 pups is born, 5 males and 0 females, males pups are $1800.