Why are there price fluctuations among breeders? and is a breeder really a hobby breeder or a professional breeder ?

All breeder’s have the right to determine their own cats and kittens’ worth personally and in law. 

A breeder sets their own cats/kittens worth by what they generally believe them to be .

Some breeders in the UK have charged around £1900  before the pandemic happened.

Nobody knows a breeder’s costs. This will massively fluctuate from breeder to breeder .

For example  a breeder who charges £1400, may have a higher profit margin than a breeder charging quite a lot more. 

Make sure to read our Waiting list FAQ .

We are a professional breeder.

As an individual, it is essential to ensure that your future kitten comes from a professional breeding. Classified ads that offer “cheap breed cats” have the main purpose of attracting bargain hunters. But be aware that for these people, the health and welfare of animals is not in the forefront . Raising animals is a job requiring many investments.

Professional breeders regularly visit veterinarians and test genetically known diseases such as cardiomyopathy, Thus, they can later submit the test results to buyers. In addition to providing you with your pet’s papers, breeders’ associations also monitor ‘breed standard’ standards, as all professional breeders are also members of one of the many breeding associations.

Examples of things which can influence  a breeder price decision.

  • Professional or hobbie ( one pays tax one does not ) one has many other also.
  • Health testing  THIS MASSIVELY DIFFERS 
  • Kitten quality does differ ..
  • What a kitten comes with 
  • Food which breeder reared  kittens on.
  • What food adults are on some  breeders only feed adults dry . We feed wet 3 times a day to all 4 times kittens 
  • Monthly website costs.
  • Warranties
  • Do they deliver? separate liability and insurance to breeding 
  • Licensing and insurance  for breeding 
  • legal cover 
  •  If they show? this is expensive to do .
  • Pedigree blood lines a breeder has, some are special and rare or of excellent quality.
  • Which countries they have imported from…. This alone massively influences cat prices and profit margins,
  • What cleaning products one uses . 
  • multi registered with cats GCCF AND TICA 
  • What facilities one has ( this will cost thousands for council approved ones )
  • How many times a year a breeder breeds the female vrs the cost of keep.
  • Price of the imports they bought for ( all differ) 
  • How often one does health testing on a cat
  • If they really do religiously worm and flee each month 
  • Keep up annually with vaccinations 
  • Do they provide health warranty 
  • Do they have websites they host 
  • Active social media 
  • Type of weaning and bedding they use .
  • Toys they buy
  • Time a breeder puts in
  • How the care is 
  • How the kittens are raised 
  • How the set ups differ 
  • Do they specialise with allergies 
  • What experience one has 
  • How many kittens a year a  breeder  truthfully has or cats ..
  • housed outside or raised indoors  or do they just come in for kitten birthing?  
  • What is included in kitten packs
  • What advice and help is given after an adoption has taken place
  • What type of socialisation a breeder gives 
  • Do they have the top birthing pens and whelping kits and vet bedding
  • Do they follow the local councils breeding regulations?
  • Is a breeder importing or only holding own lines back! big differences in risk and costs .
  • The list could go on and on to why a breeder feels they have chosen their pricing structure as they have , we feel although we do not have to explain ourselves we know our prices are  right and fair  for our large outgoings and tax contributions  but we feel mainly  it is educational to understand the differences in costs .

You can still get a good Siberian at any price ! we are not saying otherwise in any way shape or form, again price is at a breeders  discretion.

Breeding 15 years ago to now things have changed … big reforms and laws and regulations are now in force  such as Lucy’s law  and many more and although we hate to call them goods , in law that is what they are (  goods of sales act ) owners pay a lot of money for pedigree animals  and  its important ethical breeding practices take place and to know who you are supporting.

This is why we have a UK consumer law contract in place and all relevant insurance and legal cover .

Is a breeder really a hobby breeder  or professional 

We are classed as a professional breeder as it is determined by councils and HMRC to what we are .

Do not think we have more cats or litters than some supposed ‘hobby breeders ‘ as it simply is not the case in any way shape or form .

Some hide behind this tagline to pretend they don’t make a profit and that they do not have many cats .

It does not take a genius to know profit does exist .

So do not be put off by a professional breeder tag line

Definition of a hobby breeder .

A “Hobby” breeder is a breeder who breeds the occasional litter of puppies to continue their show/working lines. … They put a great deal of time, effort and thought into breeding and are not breeding for casual reasons or to make money.

Only one of the below is needed to be excluded from using the hobbie tag line.

  • Profit of over £1000 .
  • 3 more litters a year
  • Does not show.

We have the utmost respect for both hobbie and professional breeders and nether is wrong however be aware of the information you read or see regarding price differences .

Some are generally hobby breeders and we must state this .. this is some not all .