German Shepherds are intelligent and incredibly loving dogs; they are the perfect family pet. No wonder the demand for GSD in the United States is always high. But how much does it cost to buy a German Shepherd Dog or puppy? Let’s talk about it.
Their cost depends on their breeding and where you get the dog from. If you know someone who cannot keep their dog (maybe they are moving or their kid is allergic to dogs), then you may be lucky enough to get one for free. If you adopt a shepherd from a rescue organization or an animal shelter, you can get it relatively cheap, maybe less than $100 for animal shelters, and from $100 to $200 or above for rescue organizations.
Be Aware of Cheap Deals
When you are purchasing your German Shepherd Dog puppy be cautious when you see cheap deals online, in a pet store or at the back of someone van in a grocery shop. One common reason why the price is very cheap is that you are purchasing from a backyard breeder or maybe a puppy mill.
This may lead to getting a pup bred from an unhealthy breeding store. This may likely include the dog’s parent with genetic health problems, behavioral problems, and even mixed breed pedigree problems. These puppies can struggle all through with poor health, pain, or very costly to budget for such problems.
Benefits of Buying From a Responsible Breeder
When you buy a German Shepherd puppy from a responsible and reputable breeder who is serious about dog breeding and wants to maintain a good reputation within the industry, the price tag is always high. This is because it is costly to breed, whelp and take care of puppies. Such a puppy is very likely to be bred from a purebred German Shepherd who has been pre-screened of genetic health problems.
It is likely that your pup has been fed with some high-quality dog food and is taken care of by an experienced dog breeder during pregnancy, weaning, whelping and the significant socialization weeks. Therefore your vet bills throughout your dog lifetime are likely to be lower than if you bought that low price puppy.
Expect a Premium for Show Dog
A shepherd puppy bought from a responsible breeder will usually cost between $ 800 and $ 1500 (or more), it depends on whether it is a normal shepherd, a show dog or a working dog. The price goes up for show dogs with an exceptional breed.
You can expect to pay between $1,500 and $10,000 or more for puppies with leading bred lines. The most costly German shepherds are adults who have confirmed to be a K9 dog, show dogs. There is a small risk when buying a proven German shepherd puppy.
And lastly, don’t forget that the price tag for your GSD can vary depending on some variables such as supply and demand, coat color, puppy gender, and the dog quality.
In my opinion, paying a bit more for a healthy German Shepherd puppy will pay off in the long run.