Before you run out and drop a non-refundable deposit on a new teacup Pomeranian offered for sale by a breeder or pet store, you may want to take a moment and fully grasp the true cost of purchasing that cute puppy. Because the teacup Pomeranian price tag is more than meets the eye. Puppy bling like this adds up!
First, we need to break the cost of owning a teacup Pomeranian into three distinct categories. Then we will take a look at each of those categories in more details.
The three primary factors you will need to think about before buying a fluffy new Pomeranian (teacup or otherwise) are:
- Purchase price (kind of obvious, but a lot goes into the pricing structure)
- Shipping and transportation costs
- Home preparation and average annual costs associated with feeding and caring for your pet
Purchase Price of a Teacup Pomeranian
If you have searched the internet far and wide like I have to look at breeder and pricing information you will quickly find that the prices vary substantially. I have seen them range from around a $1,000 to as high as $50,000.
Yes. You read that right. I said I have seen a “micro tiny teacup Pomeranian” listed for as high as $50,000 by a breeder. More often than not though, you are going to see teacup Poms priced in the $2,500-$5,000 range.
There are many factors that influence pricing and several different reasons why one puppy may be more expensive than another. They include, but are not necessarily limited to:
- Color and/or markings on the coat
- Reputation of breeder and clientele
- Location and size of breeder
Different Pomeranian Sizes
As you have probably already guessed, the smaller the Pomeranian the higher the price. I have seen one breeder break the sizes of Pomeranians into five different size classifications. Their classification start at the traditional Toy Pomeranian size and goes all the way down to “Micro Tiny Teacup”. One of the challenges in figuring out expected prices is that many breeders have different definitions and methods of classifying their puppies. Using the breeder just mentioned above, their scale is as follows:
- Toy Pomeranian: greater than or equal to 6 lbs
- Tiny Toy Pomeranian: 4.5 – 6.5 lbs
- Teacup Pomeranian: 4 – 5 lbs
- Tiny Teacup Pomeranian: 3.5 – 4 lbs
- Micro Tiny Teacup Pomeranian: 1 – 3 lbs
You may wonder why there is some overlapping in weight bands. That is because in addition to using total weight of the Pomeranian itself, they also use the weight of the parents to help determine classification. For example, a teacup male and female weighing four pounds may produce a puppy that grows to weigh five pounds.
Color and Markings
This is pretty straight forward. We know that breeding white pomeranians is very difficult. It only follows that white teacup Pomeranians are going to be more expensive than other colors. Black pomeranians are similarly prized by a segment of the buying public and as such, black teacup Pomeranians may also command premiums. If a breeder specializes in a certain type of color or coat (e.g. merle), the odds are likely that they will charge a premium of some kind.
Reputation of Breeder and Clientele
Some breeders have been breeding dogs for a long time and earned a strong reputation. A strong reputation is obviously prized by the breeders themselves along with customers as it helps assuage concerns that they may be cheated out of their money or sold a teacup pomeranian puppy that has been misrepresented. If you are dropping $5,000 on a puppy, you want to feel 100% confident in that decision and not have any reservations that a year later your teacup Pomeranian turns out to be a full-sized regular old Pomeranian that you could have bought from a purebred breeder for $800, right?
Additionally, some breeders have acquired celebrity clientele customer lists. Of course, that is a valuable marketing commodity and suggests by association that they are more credible and legit than other breeders.
Breeder Size and Physical Location
This one can go either way and is far more difficult to analyze from the buying side of the equation.
Larger breeders may often be able to sell a puppy at a cheaper price because they have greater economies of scale. Their average costs per dog are lower. Additionally, as a larger operation they should have established sales channels and marketing programs that allow them to reach a wide audience of prospective buyers than a small breeder. However, a small-time breeder may also sale at very competitive prices because it is more of a hobby and less of a for-profit venture for them.
And of course, location of the breeder can factor into it. If they have an actual store or facility open to the public, that is going to be more expensive to operate. Also, geographic location make drive prices higher or lower. If you have a breeder in a rural area far from a large metropolitan area, odds are they will sale their puppies at a lower price simply because customers in their geographic proximity are not as plentiful nor do they have the same disposable income levels.
Shipping and Transportation Costs for Teacup Pomeranians
Each individual buyer’s situation is going to be unique and it is impossible to give you a hard and fast range or rule of thumb.
First and foremost, you will have to determine if your desired breeder even ships their puppies. Some do not. Some will only meet you within a certain number of miles of their location. Some will ship their puppies to you at a cost that varies significantly. Some will only fly the puppies out to you and only if they can personally accompany the animal.
If you have to drive out and pick up your new puppy, you will need to account for missed days from work, hotel stays, food and gas. If you elect to allow the breeder to ship the animal to you the price will vary based on the mode of transportation and the company used. You will also need to be mindful of the risks associated with shipping a puppy alone. Some breeders will require you to pay for their airline ticket and pay for their food and hotel costs in order to bring the puppy to you.
If you do not live within a half day’s drive of your breeder, you can roughly add a minimum of $500 to your purchase price and it is quite easy to see this cost go well north of $1,000 when you factor in the true costs of taking delivery of your puppy.
Home Preparation and Annual Maintenance Costs
Buying dog carriers, crates, playpens, toys and other supplies for a new puppy is expensive. And odds are, if you are buying a Teacup Pomeranian you are probably going to want to bling it out with one of these or something similar. You gotta have the designer clothes to match the designer dog, right?
Don’t forget the regular veterinarian care and urgent care visits add up, too. Some studies suggest that the average annual cost for maintaining and caring for your dog approach $1,000 a year.
Let us assume that your teacup Pomeranian lifespan will last about 12 years. You are probably looking at investing close to $20,000 into your dog child when all is said and done.