How much should a German Shepherd cost?

At 8 weeks old, German Shepherd puppies usually range from $600 to $5,000, depending on their bloodline, breed type, show potential, pedigree, etc. Older puppies with additional training from responsible breeders often cost more.

If you are not familiar with the huge differences in shepherds, please reference our article on the different types of German Shepherd Dogs and selecting a German Shepherd breeder.

We’ll start with the cheapest and work our way up.

Rescue Dogs
There are many great rescues that charge a reasonable fee. There are many costs that go into rescuing dogs. I’m not quite certain what adoption fees are, however whatever they are, you are basically supporting the rescue of the dog, be it $75 from an SPCA or $500 from a no-kill shelter. Some shelters specialize in rehabilitating German Shepherds, and this can take a lot of time and money.

American/Canadian Line
This is typically what people are picturing when they hear the term “German Shepherd”. These shepherds should at a very minimum be AKC certified. They range from $200 – $800.

With no paperwork, free might be acceptable if you just want to give a dog a new home. Hopefully the people responsible for their actions would also cover deworming, vaccinations and other fees.

German Working Line
These Shepherds range depending on the breeder, facilities, bloodline, etc. Typically puppies tend to be in the $1000 range. They can be more with additional training. We’ve seen trained working dogs go for $17,000 to the Police Dept down the street and there are breeders in NC who get around $85,000 for specialized dogs.

German Show Lines
These are dogs that adhere to the breed standard and are significantly different animals. While any dog can be an excellent companion, these are beautiful, extraordinary family members with a little less drive than the working line. 7 or 8 week old puppies start off around $2,500 and work their way up to $4,500 depending on the pedigree and titles and awards held. Adults with Schtuzhund training and hip certifications or other titles can easily run into the $10,000 range.

The very first steps to picking out a puppy should first be you determining what it is you would like out of your new puppy. First, determine which German Shepherd type fits you best, then, carefully select a breeder. If you are interested in a show line GSD please visit our German Shepherd puppy page.

Thank you,
Len
Hektor Haus

37 Comments
  1. hello im interested in one of your puppies please contact me at 252-717-3019 thanks michelle

  2. How much is a not trained puppy German Shepard

  3. I have been told that a German Sheperd WILL not protect its owner unless trained to do so,is this true? Thanks

    • Hi David,

      It depends. They probably will not. Although, if there were a dog that would do such a thing, it would be a German Shepherd. They form an extremely tight bond with their owner and are protective by nature. That said, I would estimate that over 99% of dogs will not protect their owner (by attacking an intruder for example). Of course, most will naturally bark and make noise if someone pulls in the driveway. Schutzhund training is available to the right dog (typically German working line), and it is a gigantic, ongoing commitment of time. When I last raised pups, Aura passed along many protective traits to the pups when they saw her barking at people who showed up at my house. So, there are a variety of factors involved.

    • No they ate vary loyal if you are good to them

    • It depends on the dog. A schutzhund trained dog does not guarantee the dog will protect. Schutzhund is a “game” to the dog, so don’t be surprised if the dog is looking for a sleeve to bite. The personal protection dog has been trained differently, so they don’t look for a sleeve. If the untrained dog is socialized to learn what is normal and what is not in human relationships and sure of itself, they will most likely protect and they aren’t looking for a sleeve. If necessary, they will bite what they can get to and they naturally tend to go for what could be considered “takedown” and kill bites depending on the situation. Remember, part of a herding dog’s job is to protect the flock from threats. The GSD will usually assess a situation and their reaction can range from watching to guarding to dominant posturing to warning bark or warning hit to engagement.

      I have known untrained GSDs that: protected a child from an alligator in the backyard, killed a racoon going for the owner, gave a warning bump to wresting teens when it escalated to fight, displayed a beautiful hold and bark that kept a stranger from stepping onto the back porch, killed fox protecting chickens and owner, grabbed an arm which stopped an attack of a woman, kept a stranger from entering a barn, stopped theft out of a pick-up truck with a bite when they guy thought the dog was bluff and the list goes on.

      The answer to the question is that an untrained GSD may protect its owner.

  4. If someone has puppies at their home and they have no papers for any of the dogs how much should they charge?

    • $0. It is unlikely that they are going to be able to sell them. They may- I mean there is a sucker born every minute. But, hopefully they are simply charging for their time and shots.

  5. hi. how much would a baby German Shepherd be, like a newborn or a couple weeks old?

    • Hi.. A GSD puppy should never, ever be taken away from their mother before 7-8 weeks of age.

    • Hey are u interested in buying a 5 week old German. Shepherd. Pure breed

      • I do hope that is a bad joke. A 5 week old GSD should never be separated from their mother. Obviously, the pup should be free and the irresponsible owner should make a very large donation to the new caregiver.

  6. How do GS dogs behave with small dogs? Thank you.

    • Depends on the dog and a variety of factors. It’s not just the GSD, but the other dog and how the situation is handled, as well as prior experiences. That said, I know dogs that are fabulous with other dogs, cats, small animals, large animals, children and people. They will protect their charges, too. And I have known others that were not good with other dogs or other animals. My experience is that most GSDs that are solid (not color, but temperament)are very good. Dogs are pack animals, so their natural tendency is to be social versus loners.

  7. How much are they

  8. How much should a White German shepherd cost. Not a working line or showing.. They are AKC registered. 8 weeks old with shots and deworming at the vets

  9. I have a year 3 year old english white lab, AKC registered, and a police officer is wanting to buy him or trade for a 2 year old German Shepherd, AKC registered. The officer has saw a GREAT potential in my dog for a drug dog. Any help would be greatly apprecialed

  10. I have a female and male German Shepard Puppies. She is delivering puppies right now as we speak…. but I am unsure of what to ask for the puppies when they are ready to go. (not letting go to new homes til 9 weeks old for shot reasons) She has 4 that are a silverish blue and 2 that are solid black. I have papers for the parents and I want to ask a reasonable price but unsure of what they go for or what to ask for these pup. Any advice I can get is greatly appreciated.

  11. I just had purebred German Sheppard puppies born 2 days ago both parents are on sight. 1 breading for both.must pass background check t o safe home

  12. I’m looking to buy a german shepherd for a family pet and want to make a good choice, however , I’ve narrowed it down to 4 dogs, all are precious and all claim to be akc registered but are much different price wise and size … they range from 450-800 , does 800 buy a better dog or is the akc registration good enough ? I’m traveling 3 hours one way tomorrow to go meet the more expensive pup but don’t know if I’m wasting an opportunity to buy one for less, closet to home . Thanks for any insight in advance !!

  13. Can you send some pictures of the cost of dogs and pictures of them you can contact me at 1-970-481-5783

  14. My German Shepherd is 5months old he very sweet. I lov him but I got to sell him.lov kids .playful. make my day.it hurt need a good home. $250

  15. My number 601-665-5909

  16. I am looking at buying a GSD and the breeder wants 3,000 wich includes the first year of shots and all papers. Is that a reasonable price?

    • Sure, it can be. If it is a West German Show Line GSD, a lot of breeders can get 2000-3000 for them easily just due to demand…

  17. I have a 6 year old German shepherd and he’s AKC certified and he’s had all his shots, how much money does he go for exactly?

    • What?!

    • That depends on way too many variables to give you an answer. AKC certificate is just a piece of paper that says the dog is registered as a purebred with them. It does not guarantee quality or anything else. It also does not guarantee that the puppy purchased is a purebred, since there really is no verification like matching DNA of parents to litter. Most of the time people are honest, but there have been some instances where an AKC registered GSD puppy grew up and turned out to be a a cross, especially if the cross was the result of a breed similarly colored. One guy showed me what he bought as a GSD puppy that turned out to be a GSD X Rottweiler when it grew up.

      Some of the variables include bloodlines, training, titles, health screening, temperament, location, market, etc.

  18. How much does a male red long haired usually cost?

  19. What are you looking for in a dog? A non registered should be fairly cheap. A registered dog will cost a little more and then if your looking for registered health tested dogs it will add even more to the price.

  20. Hello just mated my 3quater shepherd with a full shepherd. If I’m lucky enough and priveledge to have puppies how much would I sell for with no papers? Thanks

  21. I have a chance to buy my neighbor’s 2-3 year old male German Shepherd. He has survived Parvo and has papers. How much should I pay for this sweet guy?

  22. I have a purebred solid black female and a purbred solid white male and expecting puppies. I know the parents of them both were registered but I am not able to contact that breeder anymore (deceased) and I never registered these. I know that they are not worth as much unregistered but the combination of solid black and solid white is hard to find and I am going to be very picky on owners but not sure how much to charge. Any suggestions? They’re beautiful

  23. We are looking to sell our German Shepherd, We have a 6 month old German Shepherd, she has all her shots and has been fixed, We have all the paper work. Me and My fiancee’are unable to care for her we work alot and hardly home. Would loke for her to go to a loving home. Asking for $1000 or best offer.

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