Why are puppies so expensive?  The cost reflects the investment in the parents, and rearing of the pups.  Code of ethnics breeders do more.  High quality food, vet care, health screenings and training.  My pups are started on crate training, house breaking, leash work and agility contacts.  I send each pup home with a generous pack of supplies.  My puppies start at $1800.  This includes:

Health:  Vaccination for Distemper, Adenovirus type 1, Adenovirus type 2, Para-influenza, Parvovirus, Coronavirus, Leptospira canicola, Infectious canine hepatitis, Leptospira grippotyphosa, Leptospira pomona, Leptospira icterohaemorrhagiae, and Bordetella.  The pup will 2 series of injections, nasal spray, flea and tick preventive, and heart-worm preventative.  The pups are wormed for Ascarids, Tapeworms, Hookworms and Whip-worms.  A veterinarian will exam the pup and issue a health certificate.

Food and feeding supplies:  Proplan small breed puppy, Bella puppy, & travel bowl

Dental supplies:  oral supplement, dental treats, toothpaste, & finger brush

Parasite control: medications for the following month flea, tick, & heart-worm, brush

Training and Housebreaking:  Indoor potty system, potty pads, leash, collar, training treats, toys for crate training

Documentation:  AKC registration, AKC certified pedigree, 8 generation pedigree, copies of parents’ health screening, copies of parents’ titles, contract with one year warranty, detailed health records including lot numbers, copies of articles and a lifetime of support from the breeder.

The cost of a pup is a fraction of the overall cost of a dog.  For more on the economics of owning a dog, please read:

http://www.costabelcanecorso.com/uploads/8/0/2/0/80200822/how_much_is_that_doggie_in_the_window_the_surprising_economics_of_purchasing_a_purebred_puppy_by_allen_st._john_february_17_2012.pdf

Annual costs https://www.petfinder.com/pet-adoption/dog-adoption/annual-dog-care-costs/