The Price is Right – What Makes Pomeranians so Expensive Nowadays?
True, this is a relatively painful aspect with regard to this particular breed. Prices in Israel nowadays are sky-high and it is not always clear whether they are justified.
Actually, breeders prefer to sell dogs at lower prices since that enables them to find homes for more of their puppies. The high prices are derived from the various expenses involved in breeding healthy dogs.
First of all, when a breeder sets out to buy a new dog for his kennel he is required to pay a hefty price. Good breeders usually try to buy top-quality dogs from the world's leading breeders. Famous breeders tend to ask higher prices for their dogs.
Secondly, Pomeranians do not conceive easily and often require artificial insemination, a procedure that is both costly and does not ensure results (although natural insemination does not ensure results either).
Thirdly, sometimes whelping itself is not natural and a C-section is required to remove the puppies from their mother's womb. C-sections are costly.
Smaller dogs usually have smaller litters due to the simple fact the bitch does not have a lot of room in its womb. The average litter in this breed is two-three puppies.
And now for the real problems. When you own a puppy, the expense required to keep it are on you. The greatest possible expense is on health. Every breed is known to carry certain hereditary diseases. The way to prevent them from expressing themselves is by breeding healthy dogs. Breeders may also have dogs that are diagnosed with a certain disease which they cannot use for breeding (another expense).
If you buy a dog from an irresponsible breeder, you may incur extremely high vet bills should your dog turn out to suffer from one of the ailments carried in the breed.
Patella luxation, dislocation of the kneecap. It causes the dog extreme pain accompanied by limping. It is quite common in various toy breeds. In the USA, corrective surgery for patella luxation costs anything between $1,500 and $3,000.
Patent Ductus Arteriosus is an inherent defect involving an excessive blood vessels leading from the heart to the lungs. The lungs may fill up with blood and choke the dog and the heart may be damaged due to overload. Corrective surgery for this defect costs between $2,500 to $5,000.
Legg Perthes disease is a fetal disease in which the head of the femur bone is damaged. This is the location in which the leg is connected to the pelvis, it carries a lot of body weight and damage to this area causes the dog great suffering. This disease is common in smaller breeds. Surgery for Legg Parthes costs $1,000-3,000.
Entropium is a condition in which the lower or upper eyelid folds inwards. Due to irritation caused by the eyelashes, the dog's eye suffers pain and swelling, leading to eventual damage to the cornea. Here too, surgery is quite expensive.
Cryptorchidism or retained testicle – one or both testicles don't drop down at the appropriate age (until around 9 months) into the scrotum. A testicle that remains inside the body may eventually lead to cancer and therefore it must be operated on and removed. This operation costs around $300.
So how can you avoid these expenses? By purchasing a puppy from a reliable breeder under the supervision of the Israeli Kennel Club, whose dogs uphold the physical requirements and who gives a guarantee for the puppies he sells.