How Much Does A German Shepherd Cost?

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How much does a German Shepherd cost? Well that depends on the German Shepherd and where you get her. If you happen to know someone who can’t keep their German Shepherd (perhaps they’re moving or have discovered that their child is severely allergic to dogs), then you might be lucky to get one for free.

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You can also adopt a German Shepherd from an animal shelter or rescue organization (I highly recommend this – you might as well help save a German Shepherd) for a small fee – sometimes less than $100 for animal shelters, and $100 to $200 for rescue organizations.

A German Shepherd puppy bought from a respected breeder will usually cost between $300 and $900 (or more), depending on whether she is a normal German Shepherd, show-dog or a working dog. Adult German Shepherds who are proven show dogs or work dogs cost $6,000 to $7,000 or more.

Keep in mind that these prices include only the German Shepherd, not any of the expenses for food, supplies or veterinary care, which may in many cases equal or exceed the cost of the German Shepherd each year.

Why Do The German Shepherd Cost Vary So Much?

The price of a German Shepherd depends on where you get her, her breeding and what, if anything, he’s trained to do. German Shepherds obtained from animal shelters and rescue organizations are relatively inexpensive because these organizations charge only enough to cover their costs.

Reputable breeders, when pricing their German Shepherds, must factor in the expenses involved in breeding, raising, training and showing their dogs. A puppy whose parents (and often grandparents and other relatives) are proven show or hunting champions has the potential to excel in these areas as well and will cost more money than a puppy who is the offspring of just average parents. Adult German Shepherds from proven show or hunting lines are more expensive than similarly bred puppies because of the additional costs of raising a puppy to adulthood and because it’s easier to determine overall quality in an adult dog. Finally, the most expensive German Shepherds are those adults who have already proven themselves as show dogs, K9 or breeding dogs. There’s very little risk involved in purchasing a proven German Shepherd – and these dogs will be priced accordingly.

How Much Does A German Shepherd Cost Annually?

The cost of dog-keeping varies considerably depending on your German Shepherd (including size, age and overall health), the quality of supplies and equipment,and even where you live. The following numbers should give you an idea of what to expect.

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For A German Shepherd Puppy In Her First Year:

  • Veterinary care, including general care and laboratory tests: $100 – $200
  • Immunizations: $50 – $100
  • Spay or neuter: $50 – $200
  • Internal and external parasite treatment and control: $100 – $150
  • Food: $150 – $250
  • Miscellaneous expenses, including collar, leash, bowls, toys, grooming supplies and obedience training: $200 – $225

Total: $650 to $1,125 for the first year only. Note that this total does not include the cost of the puppy.

For An Adult Dog The Annual Costs Would Involve:

  • Veterinary care, including general care and laboratory tests: $50 – $125
  • Immunizations: $40 – $75
  • Internal and external parasite treatment and control: $100 – $150
  • Food: $200 – $400
  • Miscellaneous expenses: $100 – $125

Total: $490 to $875 per year.

These figures are estimates only and they do not include expenses related to illnesses, injuries, showing, competition, breeding, boarding or travel. Senior dogs usually require more health care than adults or puppies.From these figures, it’s clear that the care of a reasonably healthy German Shepherd living to the age of 12 to 14 years could easily cost $7,000 to $15,000 or more.

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  1. I might possibly have to sell my German Shepherd dog. How would I go about finding out what would be a reasonable price on selling him for?

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      Well, the price depends on age, health, how trained the dog is and their pedigree (if they have one). If I were you, I would try and find a dog similar to yours and see what price tag that has 🙂

  2. I have a 10 week old male AKC registered German shepherd puppy for sale. He is a long haired puppy. His litter per breeder is sold at $2600, I am willing to make a deal.

    1. Why are you selling? Is he full akc registered? I am willing to deal if in perfect health? We just lost our baby of a terrible disease in which he was born with, We have a large fenced yard, plenty of toy’s and will give much love.

  3. My female just had 7 puppies. Purebred will be akc registered when they are ready to leave. Will have shots and everything else done before I sell them. The female comes from a champion blood line. Male does not as far as I know. The male is more of a long hair female more short hair.

  4. I have 4 AKC excellent Eastern European Black and Tan german shepherd puppies for sale . I have 2 males and 2 females . They are 6 weeks old , born 6/12/2017 . Mother and father on sire and father is in excess of 85 lbs . Females 1250 and males 1500 . But already are micro chipped and up to date vaccinations , well visit by vet complete on all and also all dewormed . One male is the rare SOLID BLACK , and is very rare at 1750.

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