This thread makes me think that some folk really know very little about field trailing and have not seen many decent trialling dogs work!
Ok to pull this thread back on track what would you pay for a dog say in you opinion from good stock and to expand do you think the price varies from region to region and to add some perspective the last dog I bought cost me £450 plus two round trips of 400 miles to see the pup and then to collect it .and that was four years ago. I could not pay that sort of money now as the cost of living has gone up so much.
If I wanted the dog enough, I guess i'd pay what was asked. . . .
But I suppose for me, the upper levels of what I consider 'fair' for a well bred pup, from grafting parents, from good lines, with a good working and trailing ped and background, would be around the £500 mark, maybe a little more if pushed. . . .
As I said earlier, my old man recently bought a very well bred cocker pup, I think out of a litter of 4, one went to the states, one to Scandinavia, one to my father and one to the breeder. The pup was as well bred as could be asked, and Is a good looking lad. My old man paid £500.
I think you are right in that the price does vary depending on the region, and the 'kind' of folk breeding them.
If I was just looking for a decent dog to work in and around the shoot but not a world beater, i'd probably be looking at paying something like £250-350.
And of course, the latter dog could well turn out better than the former.