Six Months at a Puppy Farm
I found this list of planned litters from a Puppy Farm in a remote part of Wales. These are the litters that are available or planned for the next 6 months:
- Westie/Schnauzer cross
- Yorkshire Terrier cross
- Cavalier/Poodle cross
- Bichon Frise/Shih Tzu cross
- Poodle/Westie cross
- Pug/Cairn cross
- Yorkshire Terrier/Bichon Frise cross
- Pug/Cavalier cross
- Toy Poodle/Yorkshire Terrier cross
- Shih Tzu/Pug cross
- Schnauzer/Bichon cross
- Cavalier/Bichon cross
- Cocker Spaniel/Pug cross
- Bichon/Toy Poodle cross
- Shih Tzu/Toy Poodle cross
- Cairn/Toy Poodle cross
100 Puppies for Sale
That is 18 litters. I’m guessing that the dam of the litters will be the larger, easier to whelp and more productive of the two breeds mixed, so probably 5-6 puppies per litter which is around 100 puppies in total. That is a huge amount of work if these puppies are going to be well socialised. It is hard to imagine how they can all be raised in the home which is the ideal environment for a litter of puppies. If you speak to breeders who have the well-being and future happiness of the puppies they breed as a first priority they will say
- Puppies should be reared in the home and exposed to all the normal household noises, handled regularly, and meet a good mix of children and adults
- Puppies should always be seen with their mother and litter mates, no exceptions
- Ideally, just one litter should be raised at a time, though exceptions will occur as bitches in the same household tend to come into season and ready for mating just weeks apart from each other
They will also say that puppies are hard work, very demanding and getting those early steps in housetraining means having eyes in the back of your head and a lot of time. Further, not everything goes according to plan.
If the bitch has a c-section then the breeder needs to do some pretty intensive work with bottle feeding, and that means round the clock, every 2 – 4 hours for several days at least; if the bitch loses her milk then the whole litter needs to be hand raised. Very challenging for a single litter, not an option if you have another dozen or more litters to care for.
Finding Buyers for the Puppies
Another question about intensive puppy production is who is going to buy them and where will they be sold? If you live in the middle of the Welsh mountains the catchment area of potential customers is virtually non-existent. One of the answers is that they deliver and will meet you at a motorway service station; the other probable answer, which isn’t mentioned, is that they will sell litters or part litters to dealers for resale.
The phone number didn’t work and I wasn’t prepared to use the contact form so can only guess a price. A reasonable guess would be £350 per puppy – some sold direct to their homes for more and some at a discount to petshops and dealers.
Dealers are close to cities where two to three times the price can be obtained. If a dealer buys five puppies from the breeder for £300 and plans to sell them for £600 he will earn £3000, half of which is profit. Neither pet shops or dealers will have the best interests of the puppies at heart, they are just a product.
Stud Services for Sale
Add to the mix that they have half a dozen dogs available at stud. A stud fee is generally the price of a puppy. Total all this up and this is a much better business that being a poorly paid hill farmer in Wales. The website doesn’t give any prices for puppies or stud fees, so feel free to use different figures to mine.
A fair guess for dogs to be used at stud would be 12 services over 6 months at £350 earning £4,200. Puppy sales, using an average price of £350 each for 100 puppies earns £35,000, totalling £39,200 in six months – almost £80,000 per year. This is an extremely lucrative business and it is easy to understand why people are drawn to it.
The totals calculated are probably on the low side, but do show what a very well paid enterprise it is for those unscrupulous and uncaring enough to take part in it.