Why Do Female Dogs Cost More?

By Tom •  Updated: 06/03/22 •  3 min read
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Why Do Female Dogs Cost More?

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If you’re looking to adopt a dog, you’ve probably realized that it costs much more to adopt a female dog in some cases. But why is that? Why are female dogs more expensive?

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We’ve put together some information about why it can cost more for a female dog. We hope this helps you gain a better understanding of why female dogs cost more than males. Let’s get started!

Why Do Female Dogs Cost More Than Males?

There are several reasons a female dog may cost more than a male, including the following.

1. Female Dogs Can Be Bred

The main reason female dogs cost more than male dogs is that the females can be bred to produce puppies. This is a very logical reason. Consider this from a breeder’s perspective.

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When a breeder has some female dogs in a litter, they realize these dogs may be purchased to produce puppies. If that’s the case, the breeder may choose to increase the price for these puppies. Of course, it also comes down to the dog breed and demand for the dogs. However, in most cases, breeders do charge more for female dogs because these dogs can be bred.

2. Make More Money With a Female Dog

Breeders also realize they make more money with their female dogs. That’s because one female can produce several litters of puppies over time (using reputable breeding practices). The breeder makes money from one dog repeatedly.

While it’s true that male stud dogs can also be used to make money, the chances are he will bring the breeder lower revenue than a female dog.

If you have a male stud that’s a champion or popular for some reason, it is possible to make quite a bit from a male dog. However, in most cases, a male stud dog is paid a small fee per stud. That’s the case even if the puppies will bring more revenue.

3. The Breeder Invests More in the Female Dog

When a breeder wants to breed a female dog, they invest quite a bit in the dog’s wellbeing, housing, feeding, and other care. The goal is to ensure their female dog is healthy and happy in order to produce healthy puppies.

Remember, the breeder wants to make a profit, so they must make large investments when caring for their dogs, especially those used for breeding.

4. Competitors May Buy Their Female Puppies

Another issue the breeder is concerned about is that a competitor may buy one of their female puppies for breeding purposes. That means the first breeder could lose income. So, they charge a higher price for their female puppies than for the males.

Summing It Up

These are some of the main reasons a female dog may cost more than a male. It usually comes down to the breeder and their finances, the cost of caring for their dogs, and the fact that competitors may buy their female puppies for breeding!

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Tom

Tom has always loved to write since he was little - he wanted to be either a writer or a veterinary doctor, but he ended up being a professional writer while most of his works are based on animals. He was born in San Francisco but later moved to Texas to continue his job as a writer. He graduated from the University of San Francisco where he studied biotechnology. He is happily married and a soon to be father!
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