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Old 04-08-2013, 12:12 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I've been in touch with several breeders about upcoming litters as we are considering getting another boxer puppy possibly at the end of this year or early next year. We want to wait until Serena is over a year old and has at least a solid year of training behind her before adopting another puppy.

Before we adopted her we didn't fully research all of the health issues boxers can face, and so we weren't aware of all the health testing which should be done by boxer breeders. So it doesn't appear that all of the necessary/recommended health testing was done on her parents. We love her dearly though, and consider ourselves lucky she is in our lives.

If we do decide to get another puppy, I have done all my homework on the health testing issue. There are several reputable breeders on the East Coast who I have contacted. All of them do the health testing I've seen listed in the sticky. All of them show their dogs, and have the occasional pet quality puppy, which is what I explained I am interested in. I am a bit shocked by the price of the pet quality puppies, though. The price range has been between $2000 to $3000.

Is this pricing typical for the East Coast? I am talking about NJ/NY/CT/DE. I understand that the breeders must recoup the cost of health testing, but I wanted to get the opinions of other forum members. Thanks.
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Old 04-08-2013, 12:19 AM   #2 (permalink)
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seems high to me but i always rescue so iam not the one to ask twomany dogs mite be more help
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seems high to me but i always rescue so iam not the one to ask twomany dogs mite be more help
I am not ruling out rescue, either. We would definitely consider that course, too. Our cat is a rescue from a group in my area.
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just my personal opinion i have had great luck with rescue my brindle is a great dog i just think there are to many good rescue dogs out there so thats what i do instead of buy an most rescues give you a two week foster to addopt trial but again thats just my opinion
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just my personal opinion i have had great luck with rescue my brindle is a great dog i just think there are to many good rescue dogs out there so thats what i do instead of buy an most rescues give you a two week foster to addopt trial but again thats just my opinion
Thank you for the info about rescues, it's good to hear positive experiences.
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i do alot of volunteer work for west coast boxer rescue thats were i got archie from as madder of fact he is mr January on there callender
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I think $3000 is high for pet quality. When i was researching breeders their pet cost was from 1500-2200depending on their pedigrees.



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Seems a little high. Make sure you get a very solidly written contract and paperwork verifying the health testing.
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The East Coast-New England area is normally higher. Everything kind of gets higher as you go out to the coasts. You might want to look in Maryland or Eastern Pa if it's not too far. Virginia too. Or there's always rescue as said before.


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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.
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