When you’re searching for the right dog to adopt, have you ever noticed that male dogs cost more than females? Why is that?
This is a question that’s come up frequently, so we decided to do some research to see what information we could find on this topic. The answer was surprising!
Why Do Male Dogs Cost More Than Females?
We found about three main reasons that a male dog may cost more than a female. The reasons were pretty surprising unless you’re an experienced dog breeder!
1. Male Dogs Compete with Interruption
Many pet parents want to compete their dogs in shows or dog sports. However, a female dog may need to take several breaks throughout the year. That’s because of her estrus (heat) cycles. A female dog cannot compete when she’s in heat.
On the other hand, a male dog is ready to compete every time. They don’t have to wait unless they have a medical reason for doing so. So, the male dog has the ability to compete all through the year, giving their pet parents the chance to earn quite a bit of revenue. This is why some breeders raise the prices for their male dogs.
2. Male Stud Dogs Have Unlimited Breeding Potential
This one does make sense; however, we don’t believe a male dog can mate an unlimited number of times. That doesn’t make sense. However, he can mate more often than a female dog.
Male stud dogs may be very popular is they have excellent pedigrees, have won numerous competitions, and more. For this reason, his bloodline could be in high demand.
A breeder knows these facts and for that reason, may price their male dogs higher than females. The male dog’s pet parents have a chance to use the male dogs to provide stud services and earn quite a bit from this. So, the breeder takes their cut when selling the dog in the first place.
However, it’s important to understand that a male stud dog doesn’t have unlimited breeding potential. Yes, they can breed more often than females; however, they must have time to rest and recover, too. Overbreeding a male dog can cause ill health or worse.
3. Demand Drives Up the Price
There may also be times and locations when male dogs are in higher demand than female dogs. In that case, a breeder may charge more for their male dogs.
However, we’re pretty sure this is a rare occurrence.
Summing It Up
So, there you have it! These are some reasons that a breeder may charge more for a male dog. However, most reputable breeders usually charge the same for their dogs, no matter their gender, though female dogs are usually higher because they can produce litters for the breeder’s competitors.
Even so, these are the most common reasons we found for a male dog to cost more than a female dog!