I thought I'd offer some insight into why good gun dog puppies are so expensive, I purchased my female Chessie for $1500 from the stae of Washington 3 years ago it seemed pricey to me. My last dog in the late mid to late 90's was $500 bucks a great hunter that refused to give up on retrieves, but was real undesirable markings. In the end had a genetic disorder that effected her spine and started deteriorating at the age of 7.
So breeding done properly. Involves knowlege of the breed and the want to better the breed with every generation. I purchased a female from a reputable source, I have run all over souther CA getting all the certifications to ensure my dog is a breedable dog to accomplish the goal of bettering the breed. I researched breeders and found one of the better breeders has been 90mins away for the last 30 years and never knew it. The pedigree of her dogs are impeccable but also come with a $1000 stud fee. But really what's that matter if you are breeding good blood to go blood. There are so many adds out there for Labs. "Sired by a champion " but you look at the female and it's sad. I feel for guys searching for good Quality labs, there are so many backyard breeders who seem to just breed for some quick cash.
I have $1000 in stud fee $150 in gas to get to and back to the stud.about $500 in certs including gas to get to the various offices, $210 in declaws, $90 in formula to supplement because of the large litter, $390 in vet bills for visits after pupies wet born due to gastro intestinal problems for my female, which is normal but getting her system back to normal was difficult and involves feeding her white rice hard boiled eggs and cottage cheese as a blan diet to restset her system. AkC registering the litter $95. And were only 8 days into the litter. In 8 days I haven't gone to bed before 11:15 and then up at 4:10 to supplement pups before work.
So as a heads up to anyone who purchases a quality gun dog be it lab,Chessie,golden,springer or whatever and purchase a cheap dog there is a reason,
I am charging $1000 and the reason is, this is the 1st breeding of these two dogs. Without a history I feel it unfair to charge more. Although my dog is a crazy good hunter. And the stud has siblings that are aswell. As the stud is a show dog and is killing it in the showring. Once I have feed back on my dogs I will charge more.
Another thing I have learned people interested in dogs are flakey. I had 4 parties commit to sending deposits. Right after puppies were born. Since then 3 of the 4 have flaked all citing the same thing " Marriage issues" although I'm not surprised waterfowlers having these issues, But really 3 to 4 days prior all three are excited about puppies and commit to one and a few days later they are in dire straights. I'd rather just hear hey I made a mistake, not ready for a pup, or I don't trust you as a breeder.
I will take pic of the pups Sunday hopefully their eyes will be open and post them.