Nope!!!! What people don't realize is that good reputable show breeders put every ounce of care and money into their pet puppies as they do their show puppies. Maltese in general usually have small litters, some need c-sections and then there is the question of how much money the breeder put into health testing. Some breeders take their dogs very seriously and sell the pets for the same price as show dogs because they put the same hard work and money into raising the pets. I know many, many companions that come from show breeders and not one was sold to the owner for under $1000 and I think that's low!!!! I do however think that there should not be a range like $2500 to $3500 for a pet. Breeders usually have a flat pet quality price and then they give a range on their show quality dogs depending on lines, sire, perdigree and quality etc.... Keep in mind some breeders throw and outrageous price out initially to determine if people are serious or not. A price like that will surely scare off anyone who is just "curious."
Most breeders sell their "show quality" pups for alot more than their "pet" quality pups. Why would anyone buy a "pet" quality pup for more than $700 when you can find them for cheaper? Expecially when the pups are not even registered. What really makes me mad is when breeders sell "rare" colored pups for big bucks. I saw a chi breeder who was selling her "rare" merle and blue pups for $4,000 as well as her exrta small pups, and her other pups for $1,500 to $2,000. She has never shown any of her dogs and they do not conform to the breed standard. You can buy a horse for that kind of money. I understand that some females need a c-section, but the breeder should raise the prices for c-section pups and lower the price for regular delivery pups. Why do small breed breeders sell their pups in the thousands, and larger breed breeders sell their pups in the hundreds? It is because alot of the small breed breeders are fad breeders, which means that they know that small breeds are popular, so they are taking advantage of it to make a buck! I know bull mastiff breeders who sell their pups for $900 even when the female needs a c-section, which is quite common in the breed.