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Table: First Year of German Shepherd Puppy Ownership Costs
We can get more specific as to the expenses that you may incur, depending on your own personal preferences, after we went over the basic essential expenses of puppy ownership during the first year.
The table below shows the costs associated with the first year of German Shepherd puppy ownership. This is a reasonable estimate, but it is still an estimate.
Depending on the owner’s lifestyle and financial situation, how much a GSD will cost will vary.
The table below has some services and items that are elective, such as boarding the puppy while on vacation. There are certain mandatory expenses that you have to consider, such as food and veterinary care.
|Item / Service||Lowest Cost Estimate||Highest Cost Estimate|
|Cost of Puppy||$150||$2,500|
|Leash & Collar||$30||$50|
|Food & Water Bowls||$20||$60|
|Crate & Crate Divider||$80||$160|
|Spay / Neuter||$150||$450|
|Initial Veterinary Medical Exam||$75||$250|
|Subsequent Veterinary Medical Exams||$200||$600|
|Unscheduled / Emergency Veterinary Visits||$75||$350|
|Flea & Tick Medication||$45||$100|
|1 Week of Boarding||$140||$600|
|Puppy Training Class||$100||$400|
|Hygiene Products (Brushes / Shampoo / Oral Care)||$45||$170|
The costs associated with the first year of German Shepherd puppy ownership are shown in the above table. Expenses can be manageable if they are planned ahead of time.
You won’t be spending most of the money at one time. Food, treats, and toys will be distributed throughout the year. It is important to keep in mind that your initial expenses may be significant.
The crate and divider will work out as one large expenditure since they will be purchased within a short period of time, and the initial veterinary exam and pet insurance will work out as one large expenditure since they will be purchased within a short period of time.
With the arrival of your new German Shepherd puppy in mind, we have compiled a complete list of everything you need for your puppy right here: The Best German Shepherd puppy Supplies.
Adopting a German Shepherd Puppy From a Shelter
This doesn’t mean that you are getting an inferior dog when you adopt a German Shepherd puppy from a shelter. If you are patient and keep in contact with the shelters in a wide geographic range, your chances of finding a GSD puppy are fairly high.
It is more likely that you will find the right GSD puppy if you are willing to travel further. Let’s take a closer look at some aspects of adoption.
Adoption fees at a shelter are usually inclusive.
There is a veterinary exam. There is a collar with an identification tag. There is a heartworm test. There is a Flea/tick treatment. There is a Spaying or neutering is a form of deworming.
The price tag would be much higher if all of these services were included in the adoption fee. It is easy to see why adopting from a shelter would be more economical.
Adoption fees are used to support the shelter from which you adopted the puppy, so you can feel good about it. The shelter can continue to rescue new animals and move them to safe homes.
It may take you a long time to find the right dog for you. It is not possible to tell when a new GSD puppy may be available through a shelter.
If you choose this option, you must be very persistent because the puppies tend to be adopted out very quickly. It is unlikely that a shelter will call you specifically when you want a puppy, as many others will have the same request, so be prepared to make lots of phone calls.
The old saying is “time is money.” When it comes to owning a German Shepherd puppy, it is important that you consider the time commitment required of you. When the puppy is very young, you will need to devote a lot of time to him.
Spending time with your puppy is important if you want him to be obedient and well-natured.
Many German Shepherds are born with a certain disposition, sometimes shy and sometimes aggressive, but there is a lot you can do to help your puppy move past these qualities.
You need a lot of time to do all of the things that you can.
One of the most important things that you can do is to properly socialize the puppies when they are puppies, since they are such powerful and potentially aggressive dogs.
Prepare to spend less time socializing with your friends or significant other in exchange for spending more time with your puppy!
Take a look at our article “How To Socialize Your German Shepherd” for a complete guide on how to approach socializing a puppy. It contains helpful hints and examples to help you along the way.
One potential cost associated with German Shepherd puppy ownership is boarding the puppy if you were to go on vacation.
Some people do it a lot while others don’t. If you fall into the category of those who need a few extended vacations per year, then perhaps you should look at how this may affect your puppy.
Most German Shepherds don’t do very well when separated from their owner. A German Shepherd can experience separation anxiety, which can be very traumatic.
If you want to learn more about German Shepherd separation anxiety, take a look at this article.
We want you to consider your vacation habits before purchasing a puppy. There is an odd vacation here. If you vacation frequently, then perhaps you should take a closer look at whether or not your lifestyle is compatible with German Shepherd puppy ownership.
I have never taken a vacation in which I did not bring my dogs with me. I don’t fly and I drive wherever I go. I don’t board my dogs as I prefer them to have the same experiences that I have.
It is important that you consider your lifestyle when buying a German Shepherd puppy.
The Cost of Feeding a German Shepherd
The German Shepherd is a big dog with a big appetite, so you should take food expenses into account when calculating the German Shepherd price.
The German Shepherd can weigh anywhere from 50-90 pounds and can eat 3 1/2 to 5 cups of food a day. To see what is right for your dog, check with your vet.
You can expect to pay $2-$3 per pound for high quality dog food. 120 cups of dog food can be found in a 30-pound bag for $55. 30 days of food is provided by the 30-pound bag if an adult German Shepherd eats 4 cups per day.
A month of food costs $55 or $660 a year.
Treat yourself when you look at the German Shepherd price for food. A bag costs $5-$10 and will last about a month.