The average price of a German Shepherd puppy or dog can vary depending on several factors.
- are you buying from a first time breeder, or are you buying from a knowledgeable breeder who has regulations and guidelines for their breeding?
- Good breeders are generally more expensive, but that’s because they put time and money into ensuring the puppies are healthy, have suitable temperament and a range of other factors the owner might be looking for.
- Then there’s shelters and rescues. Most people don’t know you generally pay less to adopt a German Shepherd dog or puppy, but the dogs are usually equally as loveable and sociable as a puppy you get from a breeder.
- The type of German Shepherd can also have a huge impact on how much a German Shepherd costs.
We’ve outlined the factors that affect pricing below, and categorised what you should expect to pay in each scenario for different types of puppies and dogs.
Note though that these are only guides. Location and other factors can have a big impact. Do your research to ensure you are getting a good deal, but also that you’re doing the right thing.
Let’s jump into it…
(NOTE: this is a general information guide only, and is not professional advice, or a substitute for professional advice. A qualified vet or animal expert is the only person qualified to give you expert advice in regards to your pet/s)
Average German Shepherd Price – How Much Does It Cost To Buy A German Shepherd Puppy/Dog?
German Shepherd Price & Cost Summary
- A family pet type German Shepherd might cost between $500-$1500
- A working or show title German Shepherd can cost thousands of dollars, depending on a whole range of factors about the dog and the breeding program
- German Shepherds from breeding programs from rarer GSD bloodlines that are well regulated and professional can be extremely expensive – up to $20,000 (some are only available to law enforcement)
- German Shepherd mix breeds are generally cheaper than a purebred GSD (a couple of hundred dollars), but designer mix breeds like German Shepherd Husky mixes can be very expensive up to thousands of dollars
- Adopting or rescuing might cost you anywhere between $50-$500 for a rescue or shelter dog
- Consider the costs, time and knowledge that go into breeding or caring for German Shepherd puppies and dogs for sale and adoption
- You generally pay more for German Shepherd puppies vs. matured or grown dogs
Consider Being An Ethical Buyer, And Understand What Costs Go Into Breeding, Rescues, and Shelters
Whether buying from a breeder, or rescuing, understand that there are time and equipment costs that go into a breeder, rescue, or adoption centre providing you with a healthy, happy or qualified puppy or dog.
There is a MASSIVE difference between a backyard or first time breeder, and someone who is knowledgeable and experienced with breeding, dog genetics and the specific breed of dog.
Backyard breeders can intentionally or unintentionally put the health and well being of the parents and puppies at risk – by not knowing what they are doing, not having safe regulations and a lot of the time doing it for money or out of convenience.
So yes, you might pay a bit more to buy from breeder or adoption centre – but it’s because these people are trying to do the right thing by the dogs and their eventual owners.
We wrote a few guides you might find useful that can help you find good breeders and rescues or shelters near you:
- Things To Consider When Adopting or Rescuing A German Shepherd
- What To Look For When Buying A German Shepherd Puppy: Ethical Step By Step Guide
- Where To Find A German Shepherd Rescue or Shelter Near You
- Where To Find The Best German Shepherd Breeders Near You
In terms of costs, these are the things to consider that go into breeding and adopting (these are not full lists…just some of the considerations):
Costs of a breeder…
Costs that are paid for by the breeders prior to you buying a puppy might include:
- Spaying and neutering
- Flea Treatment/Preventatives
- Food costs
- Equipment Costs
- Cost of health check and certifications of the puppies, and parents
- Health, care and shelter costs for the parents
- Time costs involved with caring for the parents, regulating the breeding + other time costs
- Paying for the experience, knowledge and quality of a good breeder
- + other micellaneous costs
Costs of a rescue or shelter…
Costs that are paid for by the rescue or adoption centre prior to you adopting the dog might include:
- Registration tag
- Spaying and neutering
- Flea treatment/preventatives
- Food, shelter and staff costs (although most are volunteers)
- Extras like equipment such as leads and collars etc.
- Miscellaneous medical and health/care costs
Please give respect to a good breeder or adoption centre, do your research on prices in your area and on what each breeder offers of buying from a breeder, and pay accordingly.
How Much Does It Cost To Buy A German Shepherd Puppy vs. Matured German Shepherd Dog?
Puppies are generally more expensive because buyers want the cute puppy experience.
The exception to this is a dog from a professional breeding program that has been professionally trained.
These dogs might be anywhere from 2-5 years old and cost tens of thousands of dollars if they have deep working experience for example.
Price Of Family Pet German Shepherd
On average, you might pay anywhere from $500 to $1500 for a pet, or family dog type German Shepherd from a breeder.
Price of German Shepherd With Show Titles, or Working Titles
It really depends on a range of factors as to how much you pay for a dog with a show or working pedigree. Factors might include:
- the dog’s family tree and pedigree in the show and/or working fields
- the dog itself – are they already showing a desirable appearance, or a high ability to be a working dog
- any training or programs the dog has had e.g. do the dog’s come from a program where they are already taught working skills and already have qualifications
- obviously the breeder or breeding program itself – if they have good experience and a long history of breeding high quality show or working dogs, you’ll pay more
People can and will pay $1000’s of dollars, and even tens of thousands of dollars for German Shepherds with top quality working or show lines and titles.
Price Of German Shepherds From Different Bloodlines
The American Show lines in America, and the German Show lines in Europe are probably the most common bloodlines in those countries. You can expect to pay around that $500 to $1500 mark.
Obviously if they have show or working titles or pedigrees you’ll pay more.
The East German/DDR working lines, and in particular Czech working lines are super expensive because of how rare they are, the level of time that goes into keeping breeding lines regulated, and the experience the breeders usually have.
It’s not uncommon when looking at the private breeding program, the Z Pohranicni straze, dogs are thousands of dollars, up to around $20k for professionally trained police dogs or working dogs for example (some are not available to normal citizens). Consider shipping and passport/immigration costs
You’d want to ask for full breeding history, family trees, health certifications, qualifications and titles, shipping arrangements etc. before paying this much though. Spend a lot of time to make sure you are getting what you are paying for.
Price of German Shepherd Mix Puppy or Dog
German Shepherd mixes tend not to cost as much as purebreeds. They are not as highly desired by buyers. You might only pay a couple of hundred dollars for them.
The exception to this are designer German Shepherd mix breeds like German Shepherd Husky Mix, or German Shepherd Labrador Mix breeds.
This dogs are highly desired in some areas and will sometimes cost MORE than a purebreed GSD – up to thousands of dollars.
Price Of Adopting A German Shepherd From A Shelter Or Rescue
When adopting a German Shepherd, you might pay anywhere from $50 to $500 – which covers adoption fees.
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