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Old 01-12-2013, 05:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I got pics of a beautiful 12 week old boy today. After speaking with the breeder found out he had an underbite. I was in love but my reasonable husband said no. The price was steep at $1750. What should I expect for this price range?
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Good luck in finding your new baby. Yes, a malt from a responsible breeder is going to cost that and more. Even BYBs and pet shops may even charge that. To me, a beautiful healthy puppy is worth it though.


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Would you mind letting us know who the Breeder is that you are considering purchasing this Puppy?? And according to those who have purchased from reputable Show Breeders, that is not a lot of $$ for pay for a Maltese Puppy. I am sure that there will be more reposnses to your post though.
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Honestly, I can't divulge the name of the breeder. I don't have a problem with the price, but my husband does not want the underbite. The puppy was beautiful and priced down because of the underbite. We had a maltese with an underbite and that's all my husband can see.
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I got pics of a beautiful 12 week old boy today. After speaking with the breeder found out he had an underbite. I was in love but my reasonable husband said no. The price was steep at $1750. What should I expect for this price range?
Sounds about right for a male from a reputable show breeder. Who is your breeder? Females cost more.
There are show breeders on this forum with lots of knowledge. I would expect the breeder to be actively showing, and pedigree with finished champion parent/grandparent.

I would think undercut is not a reason not to buy from a good breeder, it is prob a common reason a rep show breeder would place a puppy. Like I said the show breeders here can better answer.

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If the cost isn't the issue and your husband doesn't want him because of the underbite, I would keep looking then. I'm sure the right puppy is out there for both of you...you've just gotta keep looking.


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A slight underbite is a very common reason for show breeders to place young puppies as pets. The bite is usually one of the first "cuts" in determining if a puppy will be in the show ring or a pet home.

$1750 for 12 week old a pet male from a show breeder with champion parents is the normal price. Females with underbites would be close to $1000 more.

This a great article from Foxstone Maltese about "pet quality" puppies from show breeders:

http://www.foxstonemaltese.com/show_vs_pet.htm
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It really depends on how much of an underbite. It could simple be a matter of not a perfect bite. My Ru has a very serious underbite, which developed after I got her. My vet said it was a growth anomaly. The problem was that it made it very hard to keep her teeth healthy, and she ended up having to have all her teeth pulled when she was about 10. So, it is the degree. That isn't a high price to pay. The breeder is honest. I think she would tell you if it is a serious or minor problem. For the most part, there is going to be some small flaw in any pet...perfect dogs remain with the breeder to show.
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