Originally Posted by Ril-Mas
When I was looking for a puppy in my area (I'm in New Hampshire) I was shocked to see the same thing. I ended up expanding my search towards the middle of the country and found a wonderful breeder out in AZ who fit my criteria. Her price for pet quality puppies was $1,500 which was around what I was looking to pay. The only downside is that the puppy had to be flown to me, but that wasn't even a problem. I had both Logan and Abby flown in (both from AZ, different breeders though) and neither one was overly stressed from the flight. I also referred a friend to Logan's breeder and his pup was flown in this past March, again no stress from the flight. Even with the additional flight fees it was still less than what I'd pay for an east coast puppy.
I'm not at all suggesting that you go this route because you have to be comfortable with whatever decision you make. I just wanted to give you another option to consider.
Thank you for the information. I was really surprised to see the prices. Well, we have some time to figure out what to do because we are not yet ready for another puppy right now.