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Showing Expenses

Discussion in 'Showing - questions and answers' started by frankied, Jul 6, 2004.

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  1. frankied

    frankied Boxer Insane

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    I had a question in regards to costs. In the future we would like to show our next furbaby and I have always heard people speak of how expensive it is. I must say I really have no idea about any of the costs. I realize there are entrance fees, handler fees etc etc but I was wondering if anyone could give a general idea or "guess"-timate. Like a breakdown of sort. There are things I am sure of that people do not consider. Just very curious! :)

    Christa :D
     
  2. JulieM

    JulieM Boxer Insane

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    Off the top of my head, and I'm probably missing some things:

    Entry fees - $22-30 per show (generally 2-4 shows per weekend); Sweepstakes (for puppies) run $12-18. Sometimes you'll get a break on entries for the puppy or BBE classes, about the same as Sweeps.

    Handling Fees - $50-75 "ring fee" for a regular show. Additional fees for Group and Best in Show if they go that far. Specialities can be as much as 3x more in ring fees.

    If the dog travels with the handler, there are transportation fees (fuel and hotel/RV parking, generally split evenly among all dogs). This varies hugely, of course. Also, many handlers charge a boarding fee of $7-15 per day. Some waive this for show boarding, some discount it. (Show boarding means the dog is traveling with the handler.)

    Grooming Equipment - this varies, depending on how much you do on your own. I'd guess most handlers appreciate only having to do a "show" groom as opposed to an "all-purpose" groom and a show groom - i.e., you've kept the dog bathed, trimmed, nails short, teeth clean, etc., and they just have to do the more extensive trimming and "polishing" work. Some of this equipment you might have anyway, but - curry comb ($5), nail grinder ($40-70), clippers ($130-150), grooming table ($80-150). The more involved stuff, which you may or may not get into if you're using a handler - stripping knife ($20-50), small scissors ($15-30), thinning/blending shears ($30-50) (actually you can pay in the $100s for scissors and shears, but for the average person with one or a few short-haired dogs the less expensive ones probably work just as well).

    Handling classes - $7-10 per class (most people go once or twice a week, depending on availability)

    Match entries - $5-15 (not everyone does matches, but some like to use them as further practice for the dog)

    Travel expenses - your own, either to the handler and back home for dogs that travel (gas basically, sometimes time off work), or if you're doing a ringside drop-off then gas, time off work, hotel, etc. Hard to quantify as it can vary so greatly depending on location/time of year.

    As I said, I'm sure I'm missing things. I haven't kept super close track of my show expenses - too depressing! ;)
     
  3. SoleilBxrs

    SoleilBxrs Banned

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    yikes

    as we've just started to show our pup Nikki, we haven't really kept track of our expenses either... and wow, when you list them out like that (and ours are about that, minus the traveling), it sounds like a ton! (which it is..) but i think its definately worth it. its sooo exciting/ nerve wracking waiting to see what the judges decision will be. on another note..

    JulieM- we need a good nail grinder, as we got one from petsmart (too flimsy), so we returned it. my breeder said look at the dif. catalogs, any one specific model you like? (and of course, whered you get it from?)

    thanks!

    -Kat, Cassius and Nikita
     
  4. frankied

    frankied Boxer Insane

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    Wow what a wealth of information! Thanks! I see why you try not to kept track of all the $$$$ ;) But so informative and as Kat said well worth it! :D I love to see the sucess of these beautiful dogs that are showing and keeping the breed standard up.

    Christa
     
  5. oz4lines

    oz4lines Completely Boxer Crazy

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    Don't forget the cost of all those winning pictures (avg $30-35).

    and the new toy you have to buy them when they win.


    Jill
     
  6. Scrapper's Mom

    Scrapper's Mom Boxer Insane

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    For the claw grinder, we got a Dremel battery-powered "Mini-Mite" (I think that's what it's called) at Home Depot, which is what my breeder recommended. It works great. I love dog shows. I'm looking forward to getting more involved soon. :)
     
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    i dont know anything about showing myself...but in my OB classes there is a nice 17 mo old rottie bitch that just finished her championship. out of curiousity i asked the owner how much it cost to finish her. she gave me a ballpark of $4000. and yes, this is with a prohandler, traveling, etc...does this price sound about right to those of you who have finished your dogs?


    and i use a dremmel, the multipro. it works great. i had heard that the mini one is better for small dogs. plus, having a dremmel in the house comes in handy sometimes. it was around $70.
     
  8. PawPrintBoxers

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    Shows

    A poll was taking on a show Boxer list a few years back. What was determined is in the US, it is an average of $5K-$6K and 50 shows to finish a Champion. Some finish earlier and some finish later.

    There are so many variables to play in there. For someone who definitely wants to finish an American Boxer Champion, there are two main rules of thumb: 1. Buy the very best dog you can buy from a successful show breeder. 2. Hire the very best handler you can and work with them.

    It works for me :)

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  9. GoCougs

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    I agree with Julie. Keeping track of your show expenses is too depressing. On average, with entry fees, handler fees, and other misc expenses, we spend $300 - 400 per dog, per 2 day show weekend. That's a conservative estimate, and can be much more than that depending on success in the ring. When you travel, it's more. When you owner/handle, it's less. How much you want to invest it this is up to you. You won't make a fortune in this sport, but you can certainly spend one. :)
     
  10. JulieM

    JulieM Boxer Insane

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    As they saying goes - "There's a lot of money in showing dogs. I know that's where all mine went!"

    I recently got the Oster nail grinder kit (free with clipper purchase at www.petedge.com, but I don't know if that's still going on), but to be honest I'm not very impressed with it. I'm going to double-check and make sure I didn't do something wrong (not out of the realm of possibility by any means!), but if I put any kind of pressure on it the band stops spinning. I used to have a Dremel Multi-Pro, and I loved it. (Actually I'll probably get back to it, it's just gotten a little noisy in the six years I've had it and it needs a new attachment thingie. ;) )
     
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