I am seriously curious... why do people pay 1k plus for a puppy? So Joe Schmo let's Lilly Mae's male bop his female. She has a litter of 6 and he puts up an add for $1200 for females, $1000 for males and easily clears 6 grand. I understand they do it they can... even people who live paycheck to paycheck or home with their parents don't blink an eye and plop down cash for a pup. My question is more so, why does the general public fork over such a wad of cash rather than hit the local animal shelter. I can completely understand not wanting to deal with rescues, but the shelters have some seriously good pets than can be adopted for an affordable price and they are vetted and temperament tested. Just curious to hear others opinions.