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German Shepherd Price: Initial Costs And Additional Expenses

German Shepherd Price: Initial Costs And Additional Expenses

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A German Shepherd puppy comes with several expenses that you as a future owner will want to budget. This includes training costs, food-related expenses, vet fees, grooming, supplies, and much more.

To help with financial planning as your family welcomes one of these pups into your home, we have prepared a detailed expense guide.

A German Shepherd puppy will most likely cost you between $450 and $1,900, with the average price being $800. For the first-year expenses, you can expect to pay around $3,820, and for each year after that, the cost will be around $1,770. Through the pup’s lifetime, the average cost of owning a German Shepherd is $17,940.

These cost estimates account for essential expenses such as training, supplies, food, treats, medical costs, grooming costs, a microchip, and a license.

Additionally, optional costs like dog walking services or insurance are not included, but we will cover that later on. If you neuter/spay your German Shepherd, enroll it in a pet insurance plan, require a dog walker every week for 50 weeks of the year, and use a boarding facility for one week every year, the total German Shepherd price is likely to rise to the $46,980 to $98,770 range.

Of course, the higher end of the price range goes for better-quality services and products, particularly if you live in expensive areas. The lower end of the price range indicates prices in less expensive areas and lower-quality products and services.

In this article, we delve into these different costs, along with offering professional opinions from veterinarians, dog trainers, and dog groomers as well as dog walkers. Also, we will give you some tips on how to save money as you raise your German Shepherd, so read on.

Puppy German Shepherd price

German shepherd puppy on the grass

After going through over 2,000 ads across numerous sources that include the American Kennel Club (AKC) and PuppyFind websites, we have found the cost of a German Shepherd puppy to range from $450 to $1,900.

Over 80% of the puppies for sale under six months of age fall within this range, which puts the average cost at $800. However, the most expensive purebred German Shepherds with documents are sold for over $10,000.

On the other hand, adopting a dog of this breed is a much less expensive ordeal, with rehoming fees usually ranging from $50 to $500. If you are actively searching for a German Shepherd, we strongly recommend doing some research and finding the most reputable shelters and/or breeders possible. This will make a huge difference in terms of your furry friend’s health and wellbeing.

German Shepherd price puppy: factors affecting the price

German shepherd puppy relaxing on a warm summer day

Mixed or purebred: Generally speaking, German Shepherd mixes are sold at a lower price than purebred dogs of this breed.

Bloodline and breeder’s reputation: If the parents of your German Shepherd puppy are purebred show quality dogs from a reputable breeder, then you can expect the price to be significantly higher. Reputable, responsible breeders tend to invest more money than others in order to take care of their breeding German Shepherds and their puppies.

Pedigree/registration papers: Some of the breeders we mentioned above are members of various kennel clubs, the most famous being the American Kennel Club (AKC). They can also have their breeding German Shepherd dogs and puppies registered, which would also add to their fees.

Medical expenses and health screenings: Good breeders will have their breeding stock and puppies tested/evaluated for different medical conditions. Furthermore, some breeders will take their dogs to the vet for an exam, microchip implantation, vaccines, and deworming prior to selling them. This reduces the risk of getting an unhealthy dog, but drives the price higher.

Training and socialization: Some breeders sell their German Shepherds only after they are socialized and trained. This increases the puppy’s price, but also generates savings as you most likely won’t have to invest more money or time in training. Additionally, this gives a better chance of getting a well-behaved dog as German Shepherds are prone to howling and barking.

Breed popularity and the buyer’s location: Local supply and demand will certainly have an impact on puppy prices. For example, large dog breeds tend to be more popular in the countryside or in suburban areas, while smaller dogs are more in demand in metropolitan areas where people live in smaller spaces. Some dog breeds are more in demand in cold climates, others where hunting is popular, etc. This is why it is worth looking for prices in different locations. However, it can be risky to buy a pup without having seen it first, or at least meeting the breeder and visiting the kennel.

Age: Since most people want to get their dog as young as possible, prices are usually lower if the dog is older. For instance, on average, an eight-week-old puppy is more expensive than a six-month-old one.

Coat color and markings: Coat color and marking trends can change quickly. For most breeds, some colors and markings are more popular than others, but often temporarily. When people’s interest in a specific coat color or combination grows, puppies with those colors get more expensive as an increase in demand usually leads to a higher market price. Additionally, for purebred canines, only specific colors and color combinations are accepted by kennel clubs. Lastly, puppies with rare colors and patterns can be quite expensive as well.

German Shepherd price range: cost of supplies

german shepherd dog outdoors

Having the right supplies when welcoming your new German Shepherd into your home can make the process much easier. After looking at more than 250 items across the bestseller lists on Walmart, Amazon, and PetSmart, the initial cost of supplies for a GSD is likely to fall anywhere between $215 and $855.

On average, the first-year cost of large dog ownership should be around the $450 mark. Here is a list of all the things you will need for your German Shepherd puppy:

Supplies pricesAverage cost
Food and water bowl$20
Dog collars (x2)$20
ID tag with phone number$10
Leash$15
Dog crate$55
Dog bed$50
Pooper scooper$20
Plastic poop bags$55
Stain and odor removal spray$10
House training pads$25
Toys$90
Brush$15
Shampoo $10
First-Aid kit $30
Tooth-brushing kit $10
Toenail clippers$15

Bear in mind that things do get cheaper after this initial investment, and the cost of each subsequent year should fall between $95 and $385. This puts the average cost for each year after your German Shepherd’s first year at $215. This estimate includes the cost for items that need to be replenished such as toys, shampoo, plastic bags, a tooth-brushing kit, and a bed.

Other types of equipment such as clothing, playpens, fences, and a muzzle are not included here, but rather, the estimate accounts for essential supplies only. And, to help you save on some of these items, we recommend checking out second-hand stores, popular websites, and local pet shops. They might have the things you need for a fraction of the price.

German Shepherd training price

German shepherd in obedience training on green grass

According to professional animal behaviorists and dog trainers, large and high-energy dogs like German Shepherds would greatly benefit from professional training. These professionals recommend private training classes for positive leadership and group training lessons for basic obedience and socialization with other people and dogs outside your household.

Generally speaking, five to seven private lessons should be enough for your GSD, and will cost you between $750 and $1,000. On top of this, you should add five 1-hour-long group sessions that will likely be between $150 and $200, which puts the total cost of training at the $900 to $1,200 range, with the average cost of $1,050.

You could try to train your German Shepherd yourself if you wish to save some money. Picking up training books can be an inexpensive way of doing this, provided you have the time and effort to commit to training one of these pups.

German Shepherds are sweet and sensitive working dogs. They can be great family dogs, but they can also form a strong bond with only one person in your family. If you do want to own one of these magnificent creatures, keep in mind that they need a lot of exercise, human interaction, and mental and physical stimulation in order to have a happy and healthy life.

Dog German Shepherd price: medical expenses

According to licensed veterinarians, first-year medical expenses for a German Shepherd puppy should be around $630. Even if the number of visits to the vet is lower for each subsequent year, the cost of medication as your pup gets older drives the annual price up close to $675. Neuter/spay and gastropexy procedures add between $250 and $850 to the medical bills (more details below).

Vet costs for the first year

German shepherd puppy at the vet

When it comes to the German Shepherd price, licensed vets estimate that a dog owner will pay between $65 and $170 for each of the three recommended visits. The first visit should be scheduled at about eight weeks of age.

The estimated cost will cover the exams, essential vaccines including rabies, the first doses of flea and heartworm prevention, and a fecal examination. Most dog owners also follow professional advice to purchase flea and heartworm prevention medication for the rest of the year. They cost around $85 to $125, and $75 to $120, respectively.

Some German Shepherd dogs may also require additional vaccines depending on lifestyle and activities:

Leptospirosis: If your GSD is exposed to wildlife, hikes, or plays in puddles, lakes, or ponds, or goes camping often, then a leptospirosis vaccine is recommended. It usually costs $15 to $25 per shot, and is sometimes already included in the visit.

• Influenza: If your pooch goes to doggie daycare or is boarded/kenneled often, and if the kennels or daycare require it due to intermittent influenza outbreaks, your pup will need to be vaccinated for influenza. This usually costs between $70 and $90 for two doses.

• Lyme: If your German Shepherd is exposed to ticks often, such as if it goes hiking or camping, or if it lives in a wooded area or on a farm, Lyme vaccination is recommended. You can expect to pay between $60 and $80 for two doses.

Some German Shepherd owners will also decide to neuter/spay their pup. Most vet clinics usually charge between $150 and $450 to perform this procedure on a dog of this breed. You could find low-cost sterilization clinics that will do the procedures for as low as $50 to $100, depending on your location. And, generally, the procedure is more expensive for female dogs (spaying) than for male dogs (neutering).

For large, deep-chested canines like German Shepherds, licensed vets advise performing a gastropexy procedure at the time of their neuter or spay. This helps prevent the possibility of GDV (Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus) later in your pup’s life. GDV is a serious condition that must be corrected with surgery. Note that a gastropexy procedure usually adds between $200 and $400 to the neuter/spay bill.

Vet expenses for the following years

Most vets expect dog owners to bring their adult dogs to the clinic for an annual checkup. These yearly visits are usually priced between $125 and $265, and they include the exam, a heartworm test, and vaccines, as well as blood work for middle-aged and senior dogs to detect any potential health problems.

Additionally, licensed veterinarians suggest continuing heartworm and flea prevention meds, which usually fall in the $200 to $300, and $100 to $200 ranges, respectively, for a dog of this size.

Annual booster shots for the optional vaccines presented above will add $15 to $45 each to the vet bill. Finally, some pups may require a fecal examination, which costs an extra $40 to $50. But, this is mainly required if your German Shepherd is exposed to wildlife and other dogs or shows inconsistent stool quality.

German Shepherd health problems

Dog German shepherd lying outdoors

Bear in mind that not all dogs of this breed will have the following health issues, but it is important to be aware of them when considering a German Shepherd.

Health problem treatment cost estimate

Health problemTreatment cost estimate
Hip dysplasia$500 - $13,000
Allergies$100 - $2,000 per year
Degenerative myelopathy$500 - $3,000
Lumbosacral instability and degenerative disc disease$500 - $3,500
Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus (GDV)$1,500 - $3,000

The cost estimate for hip dysplasia is very wide because of the variety of treatment options you may pursue. Conservative treatment, including physical therapy and pain management, is the cheapest alternative, and costs between $500 and $2,500 per year. On the other hand, total hip replacement surgery costs about $5,000 to $6,500 per affected hip. This health condition can affect a German Shepherd at any age.

Allergies (food or environmental/seasonal): this depends if your pet has allergies throughout the year or just one to two flare-ups per year. It also depends on your decision to proceed with allergy testing and injections. Keep in mind that your German Shepherd may also need to be fed prescription food, which can easily cost up to $100 per month.

Degenerative myelopathy: genetic health testing, medications, and a dog wheelchair would probably cost between $500 and $1,500. If a complete range of diagnostic testing is done to rule out any other condition that resembles degenerative myelopathy, the cost can be between $2,000 and $3,000. This doesn’t include the treatment.

Lumbosacral instability and degenerative disc disease: the lower end of the price range we listed above is if the owner elects a conservative treatment of physical therapy, pain medication, and/or a dog wheelchair. The high end of the price range, on the other hand, is applicable if surgical correction is pursued.

As you can see, the German Shepherd breed is prone to multiple spinal and joint abnormalities throughout all stages of its life. The costs of managing these health conditions, whether through conservative care or surgery, can be quite expensive. This is why it is recommended to have pet insurance.

Are German Shepherds expensive: dog health insurance

German shepherd lying on sofa in living room

As previously mentioned, you might consider enrolling your GSD puppy in a health insurance plan as a precaution against unexpected costs, making budgeting a lot easier. As the North American Pet Health Insurance Association reports, the average annual price for illness and accident coverage plans round out at about $565. If you want to enroll your pup in an accident-only plan, you can expect to pay around $190.

It is possible to get complete health coverage with some companies, but this gets much more expensive. Contact your local insurance companies to know more and get a quote. If you are wondering whether or not you should get pet insurance for your German Shepherd, think of it as a way to potentially save thousands of dollars.

As we’ve seen above, some medical conditions affecting this breed can be very expensive to treat. Although purebred pups may have a higher incidence of some genetic disorders, German Shepherd mixes are also likely to develop health conditions, such as cancer and heart disorders. As a dog owner, you should not have to make critical decisions about your pet based on your ability to afford care. This is why pet insurance is recommended, and it is becoming more popular every year in the United States.

When looking at pet insurance prices, there are some essential things to consider:

• Deductible type (per year or per incident) and amount

• Services included (hospitalization, surgery, emergency visits, specialists, medications, cancer treatments, pre-existing conditions, etc.)

• Reimbursements percentage and limits

• When does coverage start

Keep in mind that the price will vary depending on multiple factors, including your GSD’s age, location, and the plan you choose. There are some good places to compare pet insurance prices, such as websites like PetInsuranceReview.

How much do German Shepherd puppies cost: food expenses

German shepherd puppy eating dry food outdoors

German Shepherds are a large dog breed as adults weigh 70 pounds on average (usually between 50 and 90 pounds). After going through the bestselling brands like Blue Buffalo, Purina, and Pedigree, we have calculated that the cost of feeding a German Shepherd puppy through its first year of life is likely to be around $260 on average as these pups will consume around 220 pounds of dry food per year.

Adult German Shepherds generally eat around 310 pounds a year depending on the type of food and brand. This leads to a yearly expense of $290 on average, but keep in mind that there can be a massive discrepancy between premium and budget dog food brands.

As a loving dog owner, you will probably want to treat your dog on a regular basis. After reviewing 27 bestsellers on Walmart, PetSmart, and Amazon, we have estimated the cost of treats for the year to fall in the $125 to $715 range, with an average cost of $345.

This cost estimate is based on the premise that your pup gets one big treat every day. So, if you give your pup a treat every other day, you can divide this amount by two. If you treat your pooch once a week, divide it by seven, and so on.

Five popular dog food brands compared

The following figures are based on the purchase of 220 pounds of dry food for the first year. The total cost of each of the food brands is calculated by looking at the number of bags needed per year, the quantity per bag, and the unit price.

Puppy food brandsTotal price
Purina – Puppy chow$194.46
Purina One – Smart blend puppy$307.72
Blue Buffalo – Puppy$352.64
Pedigree – Puppy$180.81
Royal Canin – large puppy $517.93

By using the same metrics as above, we have calculated how much each of the five food brands would cost for 310 pounds of dry food for an adult German Shepherd.

Puppy food brandsTotal price
Purina – dog chow$160.86
Purina One – smart blend$322.88
Blue Buffalo – adult$494.78
Pedigree – adult $180.81
Royal Canin – large adult$620.91

If you wish to save some money, you can purchase the food in bulk. Although dog food is perishable, it can be stored for extended periods of time, making bulk purchases an affordable and practical option.

Additionally, you should consult your vet to determine what kind of food suits your German Shepherd dog the best. There are even some human foods you can safely add to your dog’s diet.

This can also save you some money as you can cook for yourself and give the same food to your dog. However, keep in mind that our canine companions cannot eat everything that humans eat, and most salty or spicy foods are a big no-no.

With that being said, here are some human foods that are completely safe for our furry friends to munch upon:

edamame

plantains

basil

jicama

chestnuts

sauerkraut

Jasmine rice

Grooming costs: how many coats does a German Shepherd have?

german shepherd outdoors on the grass

German Shepherds come in four types of coats:

• short with an undercoat

• medium with an undercoat

• long with an undercoat

• and long without an undercoat

The medium- and short-length coats are the preferred types when it comes to show-dogs of this breed.

Regardless of which type of coat your German Shepherd has, unless you groom it yourself at home, it is recommended to take this breed to a professional groomer at least six times a year.

Prices at professional grooming salons range from $55 to $75 for each visit. This might seem a bit too steep, but taking your pup to a professional groomer could be beneficial for your pup’s health and well-being.

So, the cost of grooming would either be $0 if you decide to groom your pup yourself all the time, or $330 to $450 if done by a professional six times per year.

Professional dog grooming services usually include a bath and shampoo, brushing and styling, hair removal, teeth brushing, nail trimming, and ear and eye cleaning. Note that the price of each visit will vary depending on multiple factors, including your pooch’s size, health and age, coat condition, behavior, and the services you request.

If you decide to groom your German Shepherd at home, a grooming kit can come in handy. Grooming kits can be found online for $75 on average, and they come with all the tools and equipment you will need to handle whatever your dog’s coat throws at you!

How much do German Shepherds cost: additional expenses

German shepherd puppy

When it comes to determining the German Shepherd price, there are some additional costs that you should keep in mind:

License

Licenses usually range from $10 to $20 across the United States, provided your German Shepherd is spayed or neutered. If not, you can expect the cost to be a little bit higher.

We strongly suggest licensing your GSD as it can be illegal (depending on local and state regulations) to own an unlicensed canine. Even if it is legal in your case, it is highly recommended to license your pup as it makes the identification and locating in the case of emergencies that much easier.

Microchip

A microchip gives your pup a unique ID, allowing it to be on medical and emergency databases. Many U.S. states require canines to be microchipped, and it usually costs $25 to $50.

Dog walking

Professional dog sitters and walkers state that German Shepherds need regular exercise, and both physical and mental stimulation. If you are unable to dedicate the time to making sure your pup gets the necessary daily exercise, then a dog walker is highly recommended.

Typically, a 30-minute walk ranges from $15 to $25, and a 1-hour-long one falls in the $20 to $50 range. Dog walkers can be found easily by using apps such as Wag or Rover. Keep in mind that you might need to pay for private walks if your German Shepherd is not well socialized, which are obviously more expensive.

Don’t underestimate the cost of dog sitting and dog walking! If your pup needs a sitter or a walker every week, this can easily become your most significant dog expense. We are talking hundreds or even thousands of dollars each year!

Traveling

Leaving your pooch alone is highly inadvisable if you are traveling for days, let alone for weeks. In the case of extended travel plans, dog boarding services are generally accessible and available, provided you plan.

These services typically cost between $25 and $85 a day depending on where you live, the services you require, and the time of the year. During busy stretches of the year, such as holidays, you will need to reserve a spot for your pup in advance. By doing this, you are likely to get much better prices.

If you wish to save some money, then checking with family or friends to see if they would be willing to give your pup a place to stay is always a good idea as dog boarding prices can add up very quickly.

Finally, you might be able to take your German Shepherd with you as many train companies and airlines offer special provisions to help move your furry friend. However, you will need to submit a formal request ahead of time, so be sure to make your travel plans early. Also, the cost of these services varies drastically as it depends on several variables.

German Shepherd price puppy: first-year costs

Cute german shepherd puppy playing on the grass

On average, the first-year cost you can expect with a German Shepherd puppy in your home ranges between $2,330 and $6,375. This comes down to an average cost of $3,815, with the majority of expenses taking place within the first few weeks.

If you choose to spay/neuter your GSD and get pet insurance, the cost rises to $4,930 on average for the puppy year. If you add to that a dog walker for five days a week for 50 weeks, along with a week of dog boarding, then the cost can rise to $9,410 on average.

The yearly and monthly cost of an adult German Shepherd

The costs of owning a dog of this breed do go down after the first year. For each adult year, medical expenses, food, treats, supplies, grooming services, and license renewal will cost you anywhere between $820 and $2,995, with an average cost of $1,770. To break it down further, this comes down to a monthly cost of $70 to $250, which averages to $149 per month.

Once again, if you include pet insurance, 30-minute dog walks for five days a week for 50 weeks, and dog boarding for a week, then the average cost rises to $7,610 for the year, or $634 every month.

The total cost of ownership

German shepherd standing in forest

In total, the cost of raising and owning a dog of this breed throughout its lifespan of approximately nine years boils down to the $8,850 to $30,295 range, with the average cost being $17,935.

With additional expenses added on such as neuter/spay and gastropexy procedures, insurance, and dog-based services as we described in previous sections, the German Shepherd price falls in the $46,975 to $98,770 range.

Therefore, the average price of raising a German Shepherd can be estimated to be $70,290.

The cost of a German Shepherd – A summary in seven questions

1. How much is a German Shepherd puppy?

German shepherd puppy

On average, a puppy of this breed will cost $800 in the USA. Most German Shepherd puppies can be found between $450 and $1,900. Keep in mind that the price will vary depending on the breeder’s location as well as the pup’s color, age, and bloodline among other things.

2. How much are dog supplies for a dog this big?

As a new owner, you can expect an initial investment of between $215 and $855 in supplies when welcoming a large dog. Each year, the cost of renewing some of the items should fall between $95 and $385. The cost of supplies will vary depending on location, brands, stores, and product quality.

3. Do these dogs need training and how much will it cost?

Having a dog of this breed professionally trained is usually suggested. Private and group training lessons should cost between $900 and $1,200. For the German Shepherd breed, training should mainly focus on socialization, basic obedience, and positive leadership.

4. What is the cost of preventive medical care for these dogs?

Preventive medical care should amount to approximately $425 to $830 for a GSD puppy during the first year, and around $425 to $925 each year after that. This, however, does not include neuter or spay and gastropexy procedures, which usually cost $150 to $450, and $200 to $400, respectively.

5. How much food does a German Shepherd eat and how much does it cost?

Dog German shepherd eating or drinking from bowl

A German Shepherd puppy will eat around 220 pounds, and an adult, close to 310 pounds of dry food yearly. This amount varies for each pup and food brand. You can expect the annual expenses to be between $180 and $520 for a puppy, and $160 to $625 for an adult German Shepherd. Premium dog food brands and treats would increase the costs.

6. How often should these dogs be groomed and how much will it cost?

Although grooming a German Shepherd is easy enough that you should be able to do it yourself, if you prefer having your pup professionally groomed, you can expect to pay for up to six visits to a salon every year. Each grooming session should cost between $55 and $75 depending on your pup and the services required.

7. Are there any additional expenses?

Yes! When it comes to determining the German Shepherd price, there are additional costs that you should take into account.

In the United States, a dog license typically costs between $10 and $20 for German Shepherds. The cost of licensing your pup could be a bit higher if the dog is not neutered or spayed. Remember that having a canine license is mandatory in almost every state.

A microchip usually costs between $25 and $50 on average in the U.S., and it is generally implanted during a medical appointment. The chip is placed under the skin between the shoulder blades.

Dogs adopted from animal shelters or bought from reputable breeders sometimes already have a microchip implanted.

According to the North American Pet Health Insurance Association’s report, the average yearly cost for accident and illness coverage plans is $565. Accident-only plans should cost you around $190 annually.

Most dog walkers charge $15 to $25 for a 30-minute group walk and $20 to $50 for a 1-hour long one. Again, prices may vary mainly depending on location. And, of course, private walks are more expensive.

In case of extended travel plans, you should be ready to pay anywhere between $25 and $85 per day for dog boarding services. These prices vary depending on the time of the year, your location, and the level of service, among other things.

White German Shepherd price

White German Shepherd

As these pups are relatively rare, breeders can charge more for a White German Shepherd. While the average puppy price for a standard German Shepherd goes from $450 to $1,900, white dogs of this breed can cost from $750 and upwards.

White GSD puppies look like little balls of fluffy cuteness that melt your heart! They can grow very quickly, and reach fifty percent of their adult size in just four months. By twelve months of age, they should be at their adult height.

Black German Shepherd price

Black German Shepherds are considered very rare, and because of that, their price can be a bit higher compared to the standard German Shepherd dogs. You can expect to find a Black German Shepherd puppy for around $700 to $2000.

These pups are pure German Shepherd dogs, and don’t qualify as a separate breed. However, they stand out because of their 100% solid black color. Although all GSD puppies are born white, black, or grey, and can change color as they grow, black ones are born black and will stay black through adulthood.

Red German Shepherd price

Red German Shepherd dog

Photo from:@redgermanshepherd

Red Shepherd puppies can cost between $500 and $2000. Their rare coats are a rich mahogany red color combined with a deep black.

These pups are also known as black and red German Shepherds, and are one of the varieties recognized by the American Kennel Club.

Blue German Shepherd price

A blue-colored pup of this breed will cost you anywhere from $1,200 and upwards as they are rarer than their standard tan and black cousins.

There aren’t many breeders who breed for this unique color. Most of them choose to sell the much more popular tan color variation, which can make finding a blue German Shepherd harder.

Panda German Shepherd price

Panda German Shepherd

Photo from:@fez_the_panda

The average price tag of a panda-colored German Shepherd puppy ranges from $1000 to $3000. In comparison to its black and tan cousins, this is rather expensive.

But, there is no doubt that this steep price is due to supply and demand. Because these dogs are so rare, when born, they are often reserved before their eyes even open.

Where to buy a German Shepherd puppy

Generally speaking, there are three ways you can get one of these awesome family pets for yourself:

Puppy mills

Group of four little german shepherd puppies

Puppy mills are organizations that breed dogs for a profit, with little regard for the dogs’ well-being. Their facilities host a huge number of dogs that often live in poor conditions.
Getting a German Shepherd puppy from a puppy mill is highly inadvisable. Even though you might find a puppy way below the usual price tag, it can come around and bite you on the bottom (no pun intended) later on.

Dogs bought from puppy mills are poorly socialized and rarely/never tested for hereditary health conditions. This can lead to some hefty vet bills in the long run.

Try to avoid buying any dog breed from these places as their unethical breeding practices bring a lot of trouble for future owners and their dogs. Also, steer away from pet stores because they usually get their puppies from puppy mills.

​​​​Backyard breeders

These breeders might have a bit more interest in keeping their breeding dogs and their puppies healthy and happy. However, in most cases, these people are not experienced enough to provide the dogs with the necessary care, training, and socialization they need.

What distinguishes responsible breeders from backyard breeders are the standards that the breeder meets and whether or not there is a known demand for puppies before they are bred.

Reputable breeders

If you wish to have a healthy and happy canine companion by your side for many years to come, the best place to buy a German Shepherd is from reputable breeders and organizations.

These breeders know everything there is about raising and caring for a puppy from day one. Also, they are willing to provide health clearances and certificates for their breeding dogs as well as health guarantees for their puppies.

When purchasing from a breeder, it would be ideal that the breeder has tested the breeding stock for degenerative myelopathy, and has performed X-rays of the dog’s hips and elbows in order to be able to provide you with information on the likelihood of the puppy developing degenerative myelopathy or hip or elbow dysplasia later in life.

Other things that the breeding canines should be screened for prior to having offspring are autoimmune thyroiditis, temperament testing, and cardiac evaluation. As a buyer, you should always ask the breeder about health screening tests performed.

Adopting a German Shepherd

German Shepherd puppy on the grass

We know that buying one of these dogs can be quite expensive, but there is an alternative.

The German Shepherd has always been a popular dog breed. But, unfortunately, this also means that many of them get abandoned after they don’t meet their owner’s expectations.

Many animal shelters and rescue groups have German Shepherds ready for adoption! Try contacting your local rescue shelters to find out if there are any GSDs available at the moment.

There will probably be one or two adult German Shepherds waiting for you whenever you decide to give one of these awesome pups a second chance in life!

German Shepherd mixes

Golden Shepherd dog sitting on the grass

If a purebred German Shepherd’s price is a bit too steep for you, but you want a dog with a GSD’s qualities, don’t worry… there are other options.

Mixed breed dogs are usually sold at a lower price than both of their purebred parent breeds, and German Shepherds have mixes that will blow your mind!

Here are some of the most popular German Shepherd mixed breeds:

1. Golden Shepherd (German Shepherd / Golden Retriever).

2. The Shug (German Shepherd / Pug).

3. Chow Shepherd (German Shepherd / Chow Chow).

4. Labrashepherd (German Shepherd / Labrador Retriever).

5. Gerberian Shepsky or Siberian Shepherd (German Shepherd / Siberian Husky).

6. Shollie (German Shepherd / Border Collie).

7. Corman Shepherd (German Shepherd / Corgi).

8. Rottweiler Shepherd or Shepweiler (German Shepherd / Rottweiler).

9. Shepadoodle (German Shepherd / Poodle).

10. Wolf Shepherd (German Shepherd / Wolf).

11. Shepkita (German Shepherd / Akita).

12. Alaskan Shepherd (German Shepherd / Alaskan Malamute).

13. Euro Mountain Sheparnese (German Shepherd / Bernese Mountain Dog).

14. German Sheppit (German Shepherd / Pitbull).

15. New Shep (German Shepherd / Newfoundland).

16. Saint Shepherd (German Shepherd / Saint Bernard).

17. Bull Shepherd (German Shepherd / Bull Mastiff).

18. German Shepherd Mastiff mix.

19. Cane Shepherd (German Shepherd / Cane Corso).

If mixed-breed dogs are not exactly your type, there are some breeds you can opt for that closely resemble German Shepherds (Belgian Malinois, for example).

German Shepherd price: conclusion

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To help you out, this article contains all the initial and ongoing expenses that are necessary to ensure your future German Shepherd’s well-being.

Make sure to take these considerations seriously before purchasing or adopting a dog of this breed as they are imperative for your pup to lead a happy, healthy, and comfortable life in your home.

Moreover, the German Shepherd price should not be a financial burden on you or your family, so make sure to carefully go through each section in order to better understand the expenses that come with owning a pup of this breed.

Also, keep in mind that the estimates we provided are for information purposes only. As a dog owner, you should always research and find the actual costs applicable to your own situation before making any decision.

We do hope that your situation allows you to welcome a German Shepherd into your life as they are one of the best dogs you will ever meet! If you don’t believe us, you can always take a look at what famous people throughout history had to say about them.