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Fast E Posted - 11/04/2007 : 08:14:53 AM
Have you ever figured out what it costs 'you' to raise a pup from birth to 12 mnths old?
I'm sure it will vary some pending location and what a musher feeds and the different worming and shot programs.
It will be interesting to get some reponses and try to figure an 'average' of sorts.
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Willys Dad Posted - 11/08/2007 : 5:31:49 PM
I don't know what it costs for my dogs keep but you folks are not helping me be in a hurry to increase my canines. I think I'll stick to 2 backcountry snowboarding/mtn.biking/ski-bikejoring companions. Most of my food is free restaurant scraps. I trade massage for vet fees and for some meat and organs from a rancher client. If I became a "real musher" I might have to get a real job.
mushpuppy Posted - 11/08/2007 : 11:49:15 AM
Don't forget to factor in the high value of sleep when you are chain-breaking them!
swanny Posted - 11/07/2007 : 10:00:17 AM
Actually, my food cost should be doubled - I board my team two weeks out of each month, and sometimes a third week, while I'm away at work. Food during my absence is provided by the musher who cares for them as it is easier for him to just feed them along with his own team. I didn't include the boarding fee as it is not an expense that most other mushers have to worry about. My boarding fee is $20.00 per day for my small team.

Razor Posted - 11/07/2007 : 08:25:32 AM
Per year per pup it costs me $120.00 kibble, $10.00 for shots (3), $10.00 for de-worming (3) and $12.00 for meat (we only feed meat from september to end of March). Thank goodness for great contacts and deals on everything. Add in the $30,000.00 truck, $6,000.00 dog boxes, Ganglines, sleds, harnesses, droplines, houses, extra hydro to power the dog yard and freezers, trips to the races (gas, motels, meals, beer) etc,etc,etc. All in all probably $6,000.00 per pup. HA HA.

Rogue Posted - 11/07/2007 : 12:58:28 AM
Ok, I got about $210 per dog/per year. That doesn't include equipment, collars, houses, rebar/chain, snaps, straw/shavings and vet visits (spays/neuters or emergency calls). That's just food, vacs and deworming (2 x's a year). It also doesn't include the dog truck/dog boxes maintenance, diesel to get to/from places, etc. We do get some fish/meat scraps and bones for free. We also use the Rabies clinic for those vaccs and I order vaccines with friends, so that we get a good discount for buying a large amount.

I SERIOUSLY don't want to know the total number. Let's just say that this is an expensive sport...a lot of other addictions would be cheaper! If you look at prices for the quality foods, you'll see that the prices really aren't that much different for those basics. IF you have to ship things here though, the shipping costs inflate prices quite a bit. Also, if you buy in bulk, you get better prices. That's how the numbers are about the same IMO. Maybe some are just better at getting good deals.
Fast E Posted - 11/06/2007 : 9:03:34 PM
i also wondered that when i know the cost of food is considerably higher in the 'mother land'.
I was mainly interested in the cost of food-shots-deworming but find some of the other quotes on prices interesting as well.
swanny Posted - 11/05/2007 : 10:20:55 AM
All of my dogs are either rescues or were given to me for the price of shipping. I track my kennel expenses pretty closely and I can attest that adult dogs are no less expensive than puppies. Thus far this year, my monthly per/dog expenses include the following?

Nutrition = $13.90 per dog per month.

Veterinary care = $13.42 per dog per month.

Equipment of all sorts = $24.80 per dog per month (high because I bought a new sled)

Other related expenses = $11.90 per dog per month

So, thus far this year dog mushing has cost me an average of $63.62 per dog per month.

I really love working with rescue dogs, but I'm not opposed to paying a fair price to buy the right dog at the right time. I will even say that when all things are considered, a "free" dog is just as expensive as a dog you purchase. Even expensive dogs are cheap compared to the ongoing expenses of properly caring for and maintaining a team and kennel.

No one ever said this was an inexpensive sport, and I think we do new mushers and their dogs a disservice if we claim otherwise.

THZSteele Posted - 11/04/2007 : 10:47:44 PM
Our rough estimates

Food - $215.35 per pup/year

shots - $100 est per pup

Dewclaws - $10 per pup

Kennel Equipment - Collars house, bowl, house, straw ect - $150 est per pup

Total - $475.35...that a ball park figure...I am sure I am missing somthing

Time spent talking about how much we spend on our dogs on SDC talk...priceless...

and just for DB...

"there are some things money can't buy...for everything else there's Mastercard."
Dori Posted - 11/04/2007 : 9:41:23 PM
I had one puppy that went through 3 houses before he was 10 months old. Yikes!!

Also, there is the cost of a puppy pen and whelping box.

Puppies are not cheap and if you want to keep a small kennel purchasing dogs from reputable dog people is probably your best bet.
dbseavey Posted - 11/04/2007 : 6:16:13 PM
We don't do as many vaccines, and feed a lot of free fish, so i think our food/vaccine cost is well under $200.

Add stud fees at $100/pup
Collar, chain, house, bowl: $85
House and feed one handler: $200
(i'm sure you can add some visa punchline here)
One dog box door, one trailer wiring harness, and 3 necklines they chew, plus your is well over $500 a dog.
I'm sure it can be done for less, but if someone offered me $500 a dog to breed and raise them for a year, I sure wouldn't do it. Let me know what you decide on, it would be really interesting to know.
Dori Posted - 11/04/2007 : 6:08:53 PM
Eddy, I think the $240. mark is fairly accurate for us as well. I do know that pups eat as much or more than a grown dog even during the first few weeks when the mother can be eating enough to feed a 6-dog team.

I try not to think of how much money I have into any of the dogs. My daughter once told me, "Mom, if we didn't have all these dogs, we'd be rich!" She's probably right, but we'd be missing out on so much.
Shawn Posted - 11/04/2007 : 2:25:37 PM
I sat down and figured this out last year,and it all goes as planned . The cost was about $242. per pup. Shots ,worming, rabies and food.
Old Geezer Posted - 11/04/2007 : 2:04:07 PM
So Eddie - What does it cost you?
I think $250 is fair.
Anyone whose been in this sport any time at all know puppies are like a box of imported chocolates. They are expensive and you never really know what your going to get. IMO it makes more sense to purchase a dog from recent top winning bloodlines and more importantly an honest reputable seller.
Henry Olman
pcurtice Posted - 11/04/2007 : 12:50:26 PM
Food, shots and de-wormer. No more than 270.00 per year.
Fast E Posted - 11/04/2007 : 11:56:43 AM
Dori--if that was her cost -have you figured yours aprx?

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