Our puppies are priced based on written evaluations by a third party judge; often being a licensed international conformation judge. Generally, evaluations are done a few days prior to 8 weeks of age, due to the fact that skeletal structure at 8 weeks of age mimics that of adulthood. Character and temperament is monitored starting at about 5-6 weeks of age and is also observed later during conformation evaluations for specific traits. Pricing is not based on a buyer’s plans for a puppy, but rather a 3rd party evaluation of each pup, which will dertimine pricing. We will gladly place a show quality puppy in a suitable companion home. With that in mind, pricing as follows:
Non-Breed quality puppies $3500.
About 15%-20% pups we produced will fall under this pricing, based on judge evaluations. These puppies are to be spayed or neutered for release of registration papers. We have come a long way in our breeding program over many years, and so consistently are able to produce very sound puppies across the board, having less variance in litters than our beginning years. An evaluation of non-breed quality may occur for things such as weak pigmentation, lack of balance in gait, or a character that is non-conforming to the breed standard. We are particular about the quality of breedstock that we allow to produce progeny under the Moro name; so dogs that do not meet our standards for strict adherence to the FCI White Swiss Shepherd breed structure and character type are placed on these type of contracts.
Breed to show quality puppies - $4000 to $5000
Pricing of individual pups will be based on individual evaluations as described above. Puppies that are considered breed quality will be closer to the low end of the pricing spectrum while the more show quality puppies will be at the higher end of the pricing range. All puppies that evaluate as breed quality or above will be sold with full registration/breeding rights. All of Moro’s breed stock is registered with an FCI member country (Puerto Rico), and puppies will be registered with UKC as well as entered into the stud book for the White Swiss Shepherd for eventual entry in AKC if/when the breed is accepted with that registry.
Pick male or pick female - $5500
Pick male/female are generally the pups considered the best in the litter, however for us this means a puppy of exceptionally high quality in both structure and character. They will have show quality structure and proper character for a White Swiss Shepherd, and will be competitive show prospects. Some litters might not have a puppy that meets this high standard, yet other litters can possibly have more than one. Another description of this label of “pick” male or “pick” female can also be defined as a “first in line” to select the male or female that most suits a family. Basically it is a premium paid to be in the front of the line for us to help you pick your most suitable puppy. Sometimes, we reserve pick puppy for ourselves to stay at Moro, and sometimes we will reserve it on behalf of someone needing a service dog that requires specific character traits and we put that placement in the front of the line to ensure that we can make the most suitable match as the dog will go onto training that will either be of public service or as a medical device to improve the quality of someone’s life.
Deposit to reserve a puppy is $500, and is non-refundable unless we are unable to provide a suitable puppy. Litter picks are in order of deposits received. In all litters, Moro reserves the right for first pick of puppy, as we often donate working prospects to non-profit organizations and always reserve the right to make these placements above all others. To explain “provide a suitable puppy” - for example, if a buyer desires a female, and no females, or not enough females are available, we will refund the deposit. Also, owning a shepherd is a long term commitment, and Moro takes extreme care in matching a puppy’s temperament with a home that is suitable for the particular energy level, drives, and housing attributes that vary depending on the individual pup. If an available puppy is not suitable in this regard, we will refund your deposit, or move your deposit forward to a future litter - your choice.