Are Gundogs worth the big dollar?
by Brett Bryan
$1000 is alot of money to me. However, $1000 is pocket change when you compare the cost of a pup to the cost you will spend on that pup in his/her lifetime.
Some on here say it doesn't cost much to keep a gundog. I disagree. If you take your gundog hunting much, you are spending money to get there/back, food, hotel rooms.
If you field trial your bird dog, you have entry fees, hotel rooms, food, gas, training costs even if you train them yourself and more. These costs add up. They add up to alot more than paying $1000 for a pup out of "proven" parents and good bloodlines.
If you compete with a dog, you know what I mean. If you hunt a dog, you know what I mean. You can spend more than $1000 per year on just field trialing with one dog. If you hunt, you probably spend more than $1000 hunting and keeping a dog.
Think about all the related cost to owning, training, and using a bird dog.
Now, saying that, I don't like to think about the money I spend on my bird dogs. I loved them when I was a kid and I still love them now. It's my hobby. It's what I enjoy.
Is a $1000 alot to me? Yes. Will I pay it for a pup that I think is bred right or should have the qualities I'm looking for in a bird dog? Yes! Without a doubt! Saying that, I don't own a bunch of dogs. I own 3 right now.
I'm not saying you have to pay $1000 for a pup to have a nice gundog in the future. What I'm saying is, if you do your research and what you like will cost you $500 or $800 for a pup, it's money well spent.
If you have seen the sire and dam hunt/trial. If you have seen the grandsire/granddam hunt/trial. If it's a repeat breeding and you have seen pups out of the first breeding.
I realize, in breeding, there are no guarantees what will be produced. However, I do know you can't make chicken salad out of chickensh - -. That's just my .02 on the matter of spending money on a gundog.