How Much Does a German Shepherd Cost?

German Shepherds are one of the most sought-after breeds in the world. Their versatility puts them in a position above all other dogs, and this reflects in their pricing.

When it comes to the cost of a German shepherd, there is no “fixed price.” The price you got it might differ from the price your friend or neighbor got theirs. Sometimes this difference might be so vast. You begin to wonder why, which begets the question:


How much does a German shepherd cost?

The price of a German shepherd differs for many reasons. For instance, if you are getting your dog from a very respectable and quality breeder, you should expect to get it within the range of $1200 to $20000, ranging from pet quality to show quality. If the high price puts you off and you decide to get one from a backyard breeder, then you can cop one for about $300 to $500. Instead of a backyard breeder, though, you can opt for a rescue dog from a shelter.

They also go for $100 to $300 and are relatively cheaper than backyard breeders.

Now let us check out some of the factors that may determine the cost of German shepherds

Professional breeders. 

Professional and reputable breeders put a lot of time, effort, and money into caring for and breeding their dogs and puppies.

It costs professional breeders about $8000 to care for a litter, and for the first nine weeks of life, these costs would have accrued into about $24000. This cost covers many expenses, like food, care for the pregnant mother, genetic testing, veterinary fees, etc.

They make sure the dogs are properly fed, housed, and medically sound. They also have all the background information of each dog, so you know what you are getting should you purchase one.

Backyard breeders. 

These sets of breeders are just in it for quick money. The puppies or dogs found in their care are often bred in deplorable conditions and suffer many health issues that they won’t tell you. When you buy them cheap, you end up spending a lot of money, in the long run, treating various health issues you didn’t know the dogs had.

These breeders also do not know their breeding and the requirements needed for their proper growth, and most of the time, the Germans sold are not real quality German Shepherds, hence the low price.


The only way to get a German shepherd for a low price and still get quality is by going to a shelter or rescue organization to adopt one.

They are usually given out for about $100 to $200. This is because these organizations charge only to cover their costs.

And because these dogs have already been neutered, vaccinated, and microchipped, you would not need to worry about those extra expenses.

Adopting a German shepherd has to be the best way of owning one. You are giving the dogs another chance at a family for a low price, and the shelter workers would be able to provide adequate information on the background of the purchase.

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Other factors that influence the German shepherd’s cost? Are


Age is one of the most significant factors affecting cost. Puppies around 8-13 weeks will cost the most because they are more desirable and can be trained correctly to their owner’s preferences.

You can find one at $2000 to $5000 upwards, depending on their quality, lineage, and breed. For top breeds, you can even find a puppy for $9000.


The lineage of a German shepherd will considerably increase their price. If a puppy or dog comes from a healthy family, show winning parents, with enough certification to prove this, this dog can cost about $7000 to $9000.

This investment will pay off, especially if you are interested in taking your dog out for competitions and display.


The cost of a German shepherd according to gender does not have a considerable difference because both genders are both highly desirable for various reasons.

The female German shepherd is more tolerant of humans and strangers. They also have this inborn instinct for a “pack” relationship and would love every family member equally; hence they are highly suited as a family dog.

The males are generally more muscular and territorial and have their suited purposes.

Other factors include:

  • Coat color. 
  • Location. 
  • Certification. 



German Shepherds tend to assume leadership of a home or “pack” if they sense any sign of weakness or laxity. As the owner of such a dog, if you are not ready to put in the work to properly train them, you must be prepared to outsource training sessions, which may cost about $70 – $120 for about 4 to 8 weeks.


To professionally groom a German shepherd, you might need about $50 – $80 for each session. But German Shepherds are low maintenance so that you can groom them yourself. Just invest in a sturdy brush of $20 to comb their fur every three to four days.

Trimming their nails, too, may cost about $10 per visit.

Health Care

German Shepherds are healthy breeds, and you will generally have no problem with them. But there are a few health concerns to look out for. These can be eczema, hip dysplasia, and keratitis and may cost an average of $1500 to $6000 to treat.

In addition to these medical costs, about $100 – $200 should be set aside for their annual checkups. Immunizations for new pups may also cost about $50 – $100.

Food and treats. 

These dogs have enormous appetites and require healthy nutrition to grow well. A pound of dog food for German Shepherd may cost about $2 – $3, and you may spend about $600 annually on food.

If you plan to treat them to some treats often for your dog, it should cost about $5 – $10.


Before you decide to purchase a German shepherd, please be aware of all the costs you will have to bear, as they are not negotiable.

Medical checkups, food, grooming, and training are not luxuries. They are the primary care needed to have a healthy and happy dog.

A German shepherd is a significant investment and addition to your family. It is essential you take care of it as much as the other members, as they will pay back with unconditional love and loyalty.


Do you have a German shepherd? Please leave a comment in the box below. Tell us how much did you pay for it?