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The big day for canine competition is coming — and it will showcase some of the finest individuals of the finest breeds. The price on pooches that strut their stuff at the may be off the charts — their owners likely paid a premium to the best breeders with the finest lineage.
Before going on, let me just say, I’m a big fan of adopting, not shopping, when it comes to pets. There’s so much to be said for giving a “forever home” to a dog, cat or another animal awaiting adoption at an animal shelter or rescue group.
But suppose you simply admire the traits of a particular breed and you are determined to find the creature of your imagining. This is like shopping for fine jewels of the canine persuasion. We gathered information from the , dog enthusiast sites, rescue groups, breeders’ listings and many other sources to compile a cheat sheet on costs, attributes and lifespans. Here’s what we found: